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.

What is Health?

What is Health?

What is health? The answer may surprise you. What is health? This is a question that I’ve been asking myself lately, and one that I think is critically overlooked in traditional “weight loss” culture. What is health? Is it a body size? Absence of disease? Serenity?...

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Are You Facing Food Insecurity?

Are You Facing Food Insecurity?

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE food. I love the flavors. I love the textures. I love learning about how all the different compounds work together to nourish our bodies. It’s why I decided to pursue a career in nutrition and public health. This love of food is also...

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What is Self Care?

What is Self Care?

You jump (or drag yourself) out of bed in the morning. Maybe you pour a cup of coffee out of necessity. You rush around getting yourself and everyone in your house ready for the day. Maybe that involves getting off to work and school, or maybe that looks more like...

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Can Fast Food be Nutritious?

Can Fast Food be Nutritious?

Fast Food. Delicious, yes, but can it also be nutritious? For most of us, the term “fast food” conjures up images of greasy bacon burgers, super-sized French fries, and crisp chicken tenders dunked into creamy special sauce. Our doctors tell us to avoid it. Dieters...

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Enjoy the Process: Embrace Cooking

Enjoy the Process: Embrace Cooking

 I know you may be wondering. How can I enjoy the process of eating healthy? Well, believe me I understand. I actively started changing my eating habits AGAIN about 7 months ago. Did you catch the all-caps “AGAIN”? Yes, I am yelling my friend. However, not out of...

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The Naked Truth: This is Hard

The Naked Truth: This is Hard

This blog post will focus a lot on parenting (and Brené Brown, apparently).. But, even if you don’t have kids, stick with me! Hopefully, there’s something here for you, too! If you have kids, maybe you’ll agree that they are simultaneously the best and the worst. A...

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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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