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Obesity Task Force Newsletter

100 Alabama Miles Challenge

The 100 Alabama Miles Challenge is a statewide program designed to inspire all Alabamians to kick-start an active, healthy lifestyle while exploring our beautiful state and connecting with fellow participants. We challenge all Alabamians to walk, run, hike, bike, swim, paddle, ride or roll 100 miles each year and to do so by visiting Alabama’s many wonderful parks, nature preserves, and rivers.

Now in its second year, the Challenge officially kicks off the 2019 season on Saturday, March 2 with a public event held at Birmingham’s Railroad Park at 9:00 a.m. Learn more and sign up for the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge.

Members of the Alabama Obesity Task Force attended the Move More Rally at the State Capitol on April 18, 2019.

Scale Back Alabama

Scale Back Alabama is a statewide weight-loss contest that encourages citizens to pursue a healthier lifestyle by eating right and exercising. Visit Scale Back Alabama for more information.

Alabama State Collaborative Workshop on Walkable Communities

The State Obesity Task Force supports efforts to increase walking in Alabama as a way to improve physical activity levels. In the summer of 2017 the Alabama State Collaborative Workshop on Walkable Communities brought together state and local leaders and private sector stakeholders to discuss strategies to increase walking and create more walkable communities. Recommendations were developed by the group and the Final Report outlines the steps needed to accomplish the recommendations.

CDC Data: Alabama Has Nation's 5th Highest Rate of Adult Obesity

According to 2017 data, Alabama's rate of adult obesity is 36.3%, which places Alabama in the fifth highest position. Visit the CDC for more information.


Page last updated: June 27, 2019