Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church, 9775 Chunchula-Georgetown Road, is an official Scale Back Alabama weigh-in site
One resolution that tops nearly everyone's list as a new year begins is "Lose Weight." And with Alabama consistently ranking in the top 10 on the nation's obesity charts, the vow to drop a few pounds is a worthy one. But the challenge often proves difficult.
Scale Back Alabama, now in its 9th year, is a free state-wide initiative to promote healthy weight loss, nutrition and exercise with specific guidelines and weigh-in sites. Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church, 9775 Chunchula-Georgetown Road, is one of those sites.
The Scale Back program is sponsored by the Alabama Hospital Association and the Department of Public Health in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, and though it is targeted to adults, this year's program will have more of a family focus and will include health tips for children.
Rev. Diane Baldwin, pastor at Georgetown-Chunchula UMC and Scale Back Alabama site coordinator, noted that Alabamians lost more than a million pounds in the past 8 years in the Scale Back contest. Those interested in adding to that number this year can visit www.scalebackalabama.com for more information. Registration in teams of at least two people began January 6; weigh-in at an official site is the week of January 19-25.
As a public weigh-in station this year, Georgetown-Chunchula UMC will be offering the following times for teams to register for the contest and do their initial weigh in: Tuesday, January 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 22. "We know the importance of a healthy diet and exercise and are excited to be a part of this free statewide effort to get Alabamians healthier," said Rev. Baldwin.
And, she added, "For those who would like more information, we are hosting a free luncheon on Thursday, January 15, 11 a.m. at the church to explain the program further. And there will be door prizes!"