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?
Do all team members have to live in the same area?
Do all team members have to work at the same company?
Can I be a member of more than 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?
Do both team members have to weigh in at the same weigh-in site?
What should I wear to the weigh-in and weigh-out?
Will my weight be kept confidential?
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.
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. Since the first challenge in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than one million pounds!
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.