Alabama is right next door to the fattest state of the nation Mississippi, and not far behind it statistically in terms of residents on the heavier side of a healthy weight.
Alabama healthy officials have created Scale Back Alabama, an eight-week program beginning in January designed to help people lose weight and learn how to eat smarter. Here's how it works:
Hospitals are taking the campaign into their communities to sign up businesses and other organizations. Teams of three to five members will compete to see who can win the most weight on a percentage basis, with the winning team receiving $1,000 per person, compliments of Barber Dairies.
The contest sounds like a great idea with team building built in to the program. American Idol winner and Alabama resident Ruben Studdard is the campaign's spokesperson.
He recently told the Associated Press, "I'm not where I want to be, but I'm on the right track, and I'm excited about encouraging other Alabamians to begin their own weight-loss journeys." He has lost almost 100 pounds with a diet and exercise regimen.
Right on Ruben! Good luck Alabama!