Obesity is a problem in Alabama. In fact, Alabama has the sixth highest rate of adult obesity of any state in the nation.
In its 11th year, Scale Back Alabama, a free statewide weight-loss competitive program, targets these adults. Sign up date begins January 9th.
“One of Alabama Extension’s planned programs is Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan, so it is a perfect fit for Extension agents in Human Nutrition, Diet and Health and nutrition educators in the Extension Food and Nutrition Education Program and the Nutrition Education Program to participate in Scale Back Alabama,” said Dr. Barbara Struempler, Extension state leader for nutrition programs.
The SBA challenge is meant to not only encourage participants to lose 10 pounds in a 10-week period, but also to encourage adults to use the challenge as a launching point to make lifestyle changes and become healthier in 2017 and for a lifetime.
The Tallapoosa County Extension office is serving as a weigh-in and weigh-out site. Sue Pemberton with the Nutrition Education Program will be available for any diet and health questions you may have.
- Kick-Off: January 9
- Weigh-In Week: January 11-18
- Weigh-Out Week: March 15-22
- Final Event: April 5
Since the first competition in 2007, Alabamians participating in the program have lost 1.2 million pounds.
A participating team consists of two people. Each team member is encouraged to lose 10 pounds in a 10-week period. Teams who lose 10 pounds per member are entered into a statewide drawing for cash prizes.
Scale Back Alabama sponsors include Alabama Hospital Association, Alabama Department of Public Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
Contact us if you would like to participate or have any questions.