Alabama has a reputation for being one of country's heaviest states. For the second year in a row, Alabama residents are trying to change that by scaling back.
Scale Back Alabama is a ten-week weight loss campaign designed to get the state slim. There are designated sites where people can weigh in across the state. The medical center is Dothan's closest.
The center is proud to promote healthy living to the city.
Steve Pearce of SAMC Media Relations said, "A big part of what we're doing here with Scale Back Alabama is to get the community healthier, and by doing that we can keep them out of the hospital and healthier longer."
Last year more than 20,000 Alabama residents tipped the scales and shed a remarkable 78,472 pounds. Those signing up this year are ready to beat that goal.
Sue Godwin, a participant, said, "I have grandchildren and it’s hard for me to really play with them and do the things I would like to do at my age. I'm 62 and I want to be able to live a long life with them."
Sue Kirkland added, "I also have grandchildren and it’s hard to keep up with them. My goal is to lose 50 pounds, so I cut back on a lot of meats and I’m walking and exercising."
In order to participate you must form a group of four and designate a team captain to lead the group. You should also talk to healthcare officials before you make any drastic plans to your lifestyle.
Steve Pearce with SAMC media relations said, "We'd like to have people do this in a healthy manner, to watch what they eat, exercise. If they have any risk factors, we certainly would encourage them to go see their doctor before they get started."
There are also some rewards involved. If you are 10 pounds lighter at March 14th's weigh-out you can win individual cash prizes through a drawing. If your entire team makes the goal, you can qualify for the grand prize of $1,000, a big incentive to get motivated.
If it sounds good to you and you'd like to participate, it’s not too late to sign up. You can weigh in all week at the medical center's lobby.
For more information on the program, you can visit their website, www.scalebackalabama.com.