Marshall Medical Centers (MMC) wants the people of Marshall County to have a healthy start to 2020 by participating in this year’s Scale Back Alabama program.

According to MMC Marketing Coordinator Meg Glover, Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free statewide weight-loss campaign designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. She said since the first challenge in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than 1.3 million pounds. Those who reach the minimum goal — 10 pounds lost per person on their team — will be entered to win cash prizes.

Prizes provided by Scale Back Alabama include:

• The first three teams drawn win $1,000 per team member, or a total of $2,000 for the entire team.

• The second three teams drawn win $500 per team member, or a total of $1,000 for the entire team.

• The final three teams drawn win $250 per team member, or a total of $500 for the entire team.

• From the pool of eligible participants, 40 individuals drawn win one of 40 achievement prizes of $100 per person.

Glover said the MMC staff is hopeful that this will be the most successful year yet.

“Scale Back Alabama is a wonderful program designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle. It is a fun way to partner up and work on those unwanted pounds! It’s nice to have the support of so many to help reach your goals,” Marsha Chadwick, director of the wellness services at Marshall Medical, said.

To help participants stay encouraged and engaged, Glover said MMC would be providing weekly resources — like tips on healthy eating and fitness — on its social media platforms.

To participate in the program, Glover said to secure a partner, sign the registration form at or register during weigh-in week at the Wellness Center at MMC North or South, and attend the weigh-in/ weigh-out days.

“Weigh-in and weigh-out days are required attendance to be qualified to win the prizes,” Glover said.

Glover said there are a few important dates to remember, which include: Weigh-In Week Jan. 20-26, Weigh-Out Week April 6-12, final event April 21 — announcement of SBA and MMC winners and prizes, SBA winners will be posted later to its website. She said MMC winners will be called and emailed.

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