Frequently Asked Questions

What is Scale Back Alabama?

Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free statewide wellness program designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. SBA is geared toward adults and is primarily operated with the help of local employers, hospitals, and health departments. Individuals can sign up online to set wellness goals and gain access to weekly challenges and health tips. Participants that complete the challenges and meet their wellness goals will be placed in drawings for Amazon e-gift cards.

When will SBA 2021 start?

Kick-off and Week 1 begins April 5. Registration for participants opens February 1, 2021. The final day to register in order to participate in the program is April 4, 2021.

Do I need a teammate to participate in the program?

No, you may participate as an individual. However, we encourage you to form a team to help hold each other accountable and make the weekly challenges more fun. Just know that you’ll need to track your team’s progress as the new website is designed to track individual progress, and the prize drawings will be based on individual achievement.

How will I register?

Just like last year, you’ll register online. The difference is that this year you won’t have to visit a weigh-in site to complete the registration process. You will create your own account, starting February 1, 2021, at Then, you can log in to set wellness goals, track progress, see weekly challenges, and find health tips.

What if I forget my password?

As an added feature to the new virtual program, you will have the ability to click “forgot password” at the login screen and either retrieve or reset your password.

Does it cost anything to participate in SBA?

No, there are no fees of any kind to participate in the program. SBA is sponsored by the Alabama Hospital Association, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, with support from Innovations Technology Group.

May children participate in the challenge?

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

Can a coordinator participate?

Yes, coordinators may participate in SBA if they register as an individual participant in addition to their coordinator registration. They will need to use a different email for the participant registration as the database is tied to your email address, and it won’t let you establish two accounts with the same email address.

Will I weigh in and out?

In-person weigh-ins and outs are no longer part of the program. Weight loss is now optional, and those who wish to lose weight will set a weight loss goal at the beginning of the program and then track their own progress. Some organizations may decide to hold internal weigh-ins if there is a safe way to do so, but there will be no public weigh-ins.

Do I need to lose weight to win a prize?

No. Prize drawings will take place each week for participants who complete that week’s challenge. At the end of the program, additional prize drawings will take place for those that met their wellness goal(s).

Will my data be kept confidential?

All participant information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with outside entities. It will only be accessed by SBA program administrators to determine eligibility for prize drawings and to make program improvements.

What will I win if my name is drawn in a prize drawing?

Prizes will be in the form of Amazon e-gift cards.

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

About Us

Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free, statewide wellness program for adults, ages 18 or older, who live in Alabama or work for an Alabama based organization. It is designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and have fun while doing it.

Scale Back Alabama is designed to address the state’s challenge with obesity; however, we caution individuals to check with their health care provider before beginning a new exercise or diet regimen.