Scale Back Alabama Blog

The Scale Back Alabama Blog features tips and advice from some of the health professionals who make Scale Back Alabama possible each year. We will be adding new blog posts each week during the 2021 challenge.

Can You Afford Not to Exercise?

Can You Afford Not to Exercise?

As a professor I feel that I should set a good example for my students. That is one reason I exercise every day and encourage you to do the same.  Scale Back Alabama is the largest public health initiative in Alabama, assisting those who desire to improve their...

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Water is Worthy

Water is Worthy

Sometimes the simplest things have the greatest impact. Drinking enough water each day is definitely one of those things! However, I sure do get a lot of resistance to it!  I wonder if the perception is that the payoff can’t really be all that great, or that tackling...

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The Team Approach

The Team Approach

Scale Back Alabama encourages participants to have a team member or someone to serve as a support  system because science shows the accountability and encouragement is important for success. That means selecting your team member or support person is important.  We...

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Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

When you think about a typical day of eating, what’s your headspace like? Are you constantly thinking about other things  while eating? Maybe you’re having a “deskfast” in your office while checking morning work emails or perhaps you’re having a working lunch trying...

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Inputs Outweigh Outcomes

Inputs Outweigh Outcomes

The other night my husband was telling me about a problem he’d been having at work. He’s in technology sales and serves as the middle man for a variety of technology and cabling products. He told me he had placed an order for a specific product and the shipment was...

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Redefining Success

Redefining Success

I have A LOT of expectations about how things should go and (especially) how other people should act. When I really stop to think about it, mostly these expectations get in my way and lead to disappointment. Usually when I find myself getting upset about something, I...

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Fueling Your Active Life

Fueling Your Active Life

As a D-I distance runner in college, I found nutrition to be really important to how I felt and performed at races. I often struggled to eat well, and because of my experiences I believe that our weaknesses can be turned into strengths and used to help others. I hope...

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Self-Care During COVID-19

Self-Care During COVID-19

School closings. Working from home. Empty toilet paper aisles. Social distancing. I think we all know what these things have in common. The coronavirus has taken the world by storm, and it’s been life altering to all of us in some degree. I am sobered by the news of...

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Mind Over Meals

Mind Over Meals

Growing up in a household with 4 adults and 5 other kids was interesting.  We all lived with my grandmother, Momma Mary, and she cooked every day.  We had plenty of food to eat, but getting healthy foods, without additions, was a whole other story. Momma...

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