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Hospital set for Scale Back

By Stacy McClain

If your New Year’s goal is to lose some weight sign up for Scale Back Alabama through Community Hospital. Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free statewide weight-loss program designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and have fun while doing it. Once again the hospital will be a designated Scale Back Alabama site.

The official weigh-in at Community Hospital is Monday, Jan. 22 - Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the employee health office. Weigh-out week begins April 2 and the final event and cash prize drawings is on April 17. 30 teams of two participated through the hospital last year with a total of 367 pounds lost! 

To be eligible for team prizes, each team member must lose at least 10 pounds during the nine-week competition, as recorded by a coordinator at an official Scale Back Alabama weigh-in site. Winning teams are determined by a random drawing from all eligible teams.

The first three teams drawn win $1,000 per team member. The second three teams drawn win $500 per team member. The final three teams drawn win $250 per team member.

All individuals who lose at least 10 pounds, as recorded by a coordinator at an official Scale Back Alabama weigh-in site, are eligible for an individual prize, regardless of their team’s achievement. However, individuals that are drawn for a team prize are not eligible to win the individual prizes. From the pool of eligible participants, 40 individuals drawn win one of 40 achievement prizes of $100 per person. 

Over 2,000 individuals statewide competed on teams to win the chance at cash prizes last year. Local winners from 2017 were the “Hog Snatchers” (first place cash prize), Steve Thomas (individual cash prize), Beth Nelson (individual cash prize) and Vickie Spivey (individual cash prize).

Participants can register on-line at www.scalebackalabama.com or during the weigh-in. For more information about participating in Scale Back Alabama, call Community Hospital at 283-6541.

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