Frequently Asked Questions – Scale Back Alabama

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Scale Back Alabama?

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. Scale Back Alabama is geared toward adults and is primarily operated with the help of local employers, hospitals and health departments. Each organization appoints one person to serve as the challenge coordinator, and individuals compete on teams of two to win the chance at cash prizes.

Can I have less/more than two people on a team?
No. All Scale Back Alabama teams must consist of two members – no more, no less.
Do all team members have to live in the same area?

No, team members can come from different parts of the state. However, all team members are required to weigh in and weigh out at the same time and at the same weigh-in site during the first and last weeks of the challenge.

Do all team members have to work at the same company?
No, it’s not necessary for all team members to work together at the same company.
Can I be a member of more than one team?
No. Each participant can only be a member of one team.
Can we change team members during the challenge?

No. Teams cannot substitute members for any reason. If a team member drops out, that team will be disqualified for the final grand prize drawings; however, the remaining member of the team will still be eligible for the achievement prizes.

Can my team register online ahead of time?

Yes, you can register online (when registration opens on this website) before you go to weigh in.

Do I have to register online before the weigh-in?

No, you do not have to register online ahead of time. You can register at your weigh-in site.

Do both team members have to weigh in at the same time?
Yes, we ask that the team weighs in – and out – together.
Do both team members have to weigh in at the same weigh-in site?
Yes. This is the best way for our coordinators to keep accurate information for each team.
What should I wear to the weigh-in and weigh-out?
You can wear your normal attire for that day. Items such as overcoats, purses, work boots, etc. will need to be removed before you weigh.
Will my weight be kept confidential?
Yes. Starting and ending weights will be kept confidential, and will only be shared with Scale Back Alabama staff members for the purposes of determining prize eligibility.
Am I required to weigh in every week during the challenge?

No, you are not. The only required weigh-ins are during the official weigh-in week at the beginning of the challenge and the official weigh-out week at the end of the challenge. Weighing in every week is optional. Some, but not all, sites provide opportunities for you to weigh in every week. You may also weigh in on your own and track your progress.

Does it cost anything to participate in Scale Back Alabama?

No, there are no fees of any kind to participate in the challenge.

May children participate in the challenge?

No, children may not participate. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Can a coordinator participate on a team?

Yes. Ideally, the coordinator should ask someone to witness their weigh-in to verify accuracy.

For more information on Scale Back Alabama, please review our Guidelines For Participation. If you still have questions regarding the challenge, email them to