LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Losing weight.
It is the number one New Year's resolution and the Alabama statewide competition, Scale Back Alabama, is now in full swing to help people achieve their goal.
"This program helps people to work together to develop healthy eating habits and that's what losing weight is all about. It's not about a quick fix, it's about developing healthy habits," explains Kathe Briggs, East Alabama Medical Center's Director of Health Promotions and Disease Management.
Alabama one of the most obese states in the nation and obesity can lead to health problems such as an increased risk of cancer and heart disease.
Since 2007, Scale Back Alabama's numerous four-man teams around the state have collectively lost over one million pounds.
This year, teams have already recorded their official weigh-ins and for the next ten weeks, participants must lose one pound per week to be eligible for prizes.
"We hope that in their team, that all four of the members are reinforcing, helping each other and supporting each other, to go out and maybe go knock on your teammates door and say it's time for your walk," says Briggs.
Lee County is offering a total of seven sites where participants can weigh-in during the competition.
In just the past two days the East Alabama Medical Center has already seen over 200 people.
"We've had people come in and say it's a great program, its helped them lose weight last year and they are ten to 15 pounds lighter at this weigh-in than they were at last year's official weigh-in," explains EAMC intern, Ethan Teel, "This information we have out for them and some of the things we try to talk to them about to help keep it off."
For more information on the program visit www.scalebackalabama.com.