Scale Back Alabama kicks off 2021 program April 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jeannie Gaines, Alabama Hospital Association
(800) 489-2542

CONTACT: Molly Killman, Alabama Department of Public Health
(334) 206-5646

The state’s largest wellness program, Scale Back Alabama, kicks off this Monday, April 5, just in time for Spring! This year’s program is entirely new and allows participants to scale back in their own way! Registration is currently open to all who live or work in Alabama and closes on Sunday, April 4, at 11:59 p.m.

This year, Scale Back Alabama will be an entirely virtual program with all new content including recipes, fitness videos, a podcast, blog posts, and more! Participants will register online and choose one to three goals on which to focus throughout the 10-week program. Each week, participants will receive a challenge and a health tip to keep them motivated. Weight loss is now optional, and participants will select their own wellness goals.

It is easy to register an individual participant. Two-person teams are no longer required:

  • Visit http://scalebackalabama.com/register/
  • To get started, participants will answer a few questions that will help them choose the best goals for them.
  • After registering online, participants can log into the website to view their user dashboard and set one to three wellness goals to work on over the ten-week program. Goals must be set by April 4 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Important: Public weigh-in sites are no longer available. Some workplaces or organizations may host private sites if they can do so safely. Weigh-ins and outs are no longer required to participate in the program.

Prizes

  • All prizes will be on an individual basis; there will be no team prizes.
  • At the end of each week, participants will indicate on their user dashboard if they did or did not complete that week’s challenge. Participants that did complete the challenge on any given week will be entered into a drawing for that week’s prize.
  • Each week, participants will indicate on their user dashboard if they did or did not meet their pre-set goal(s) that week. For every week that participants meet at least one of their goals, their name will go into a prize drawing to be held at the end of the program.
  • All prizes will be in the form of an Amazon e-gift card.

Facts about Scale Back Alabama:

  • Inaugural contest started in January 2007
  • Now in its 15th consecutive year
  • Cumulative number of pounds lost statewide: 1.4 million
  • Cumulative number of participants statewide: 335,752

Scale Back Alabama is a public awareness program hosted by the Alabama Hospital Association and the Alabama Department of Public Health, with generous support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.



County health departments throughout Alabama provide a wide range of confidential and professional services. Contact your local county health department for additional information.

Mission: To promote, protect, and improve Alabama’s health

Vision: Healthy People. Healthy Communities. Healthy Alabama.

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03/31/2021


ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
RSA Tower 201 Monroe Street, Suite 910, Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5300 | Fax: (334) 206-5520