By Toni Stauffer
The Russell County Extension Office served as a weigh-in site for Scale Back Alabama. The program is in its thirteenth year and is state’s largest weight-loss and exercise program. The free nine-week program for teams of two included a drawing on April 16 featuring cash prizes for teams that lost at least 10 pounds each and a separate drawing for individuals who lost at least 10 pounds.
Phenix City’s own Mary Bagley, Team A-Gamers, won an individual prize.
Only eighteen men and women across Alabama won cash prizes in the grand prize drawing for teams. According to the Scale Back Alabama website, more than 51,000 pounds were lost from January through April, 17,682 teams participated, and 3,252 Alabamians lost at least 10 pounds.
Alabama is fifth in the nation in obesity, and this annual challenge is to help bring awareness to the program and to help people eat better and exercise more.
Sponsored by the Alabama Hospital Association, Alabama Department of Public Health, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, the program also held a cash drawing for 40 randomly-selected individuals and three Alabama school were awarded special recognition and prizes to promote good nutrition and physical activity habits for students. For a complete list of winners, go to scalebackalabama.com.