2019 Health Experts
These professionals will share their expertise in behavior change, inclusive physical fitness, nutrition, and weight management with Scale Back Alabama participants. The challenge and its participants will benefit greatly from the advice of these local health experts.
Janie Clay MSPH, RD, LDJanie C. Clay MSPH, RD, LD, received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Hospitality Management from Alabama A&M University (Huntsville, AL). She completed her Master’s of Science in Public Health at Meharry Medical College (Nashville, TN) and Dietetic Internship at Bradley University (Peoria, IL). She began her dietetics career as a Pediatric Pulmonary Dietitian at Children’s of Alabama. She currently serves as Assistant Nutrition Director for the State of Alabama’s WIC program where she facilitates nutrition education, VENA, and other duties related to nutrition services at the State level.
Janie is an active member of the Montgomery District Dietetic Association (MDDA), Alabama Dietetic Association (ALDA) Board nominating committee, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and the Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group (PHCNPG). Her most recent accomplishments include being awarded Outstanding Abstract at the 2017 Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition held in Chicago, IL.
A native of Linden, AL, Janie currently lives in Prattville, AL, with her husband Jody, daughter Collyn Marie and sweet puppy Luke. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated – Montgomery Alumnae Chapter. She enjoys cooking, crafting, and fishing on the weekends.
Gina Mabrey, PhDDr. Gina Mabrey has served in various and diverse roles at Jacksonville State University (JSU) throughout her 25 year tenure with the organization. She began in January 1994 within the College of Education’s Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) Department as an adjunct instructor then obtained full-time faculty status along with the role of Wellness Coordinator in 2006. In the coordinator role, she manages all aspects of University faculty and staff wellness programming including administering stress/fitness testing, fitness assessments, exercise prescription, wellness counseling and education, designing, implementing and promoting employee wellness programs. As a dedicated faculty member, she was appointed to chair of JSU’s Exercise Science & Wellness (ESW) undergraduate program where she spearheaded the restructuring of the ESW curriculum to better serve students. Dr. Mabrey’s leadership role was expanded in 2013 when she was selected as Department Chair for HPER, which was later renamed the Department of Kinesiology in 2014. She is responsible for evaluating, leading, and managing the faculty and undergraduate and graduate program in the department, which includes Physical Education, ESW, and Sport Management & Recreation.
Dr. Mabrey has excelled in the areas of scholarship and service through her work on numerous college and university committees as well as community organizations. She has been a long-standing member of the Alabama Obesity Task Force and has served as a Scale Back Alabama Coordinator for 12 years. Dr. Mabrey’s leadership has advanced JSU’s educational efforts by securing approval for new undergraduate and graduate programs in Sport Management and Athletic Training, respectively. Her dissertation work on “Movement Integration in the Elementary Classroom” has been presented at the national level. She continues working diligently to promote physical activity and movement integration into the lives of Alabama children through her efforts with a collaboration she co-designed entitled UFIT – Understanding Fitness in Teaching.
Dr. Mabrey’s contributions to the field of health and wellness are exemplified through the many leadership roles she has held in SHAPE America’s Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (ASAHPERD) since 1999. Within ASAHPERD, she served as President, Vice-President Physical Education division, College Council Chair, Ethnic Minority Chair, Awards Committee Chair, and Director of Membership. Dr. Mabrey is currently serving as the Vice President Sport and Exercise Science Division. Recently, she was nominated to serve on the Southern District Board of SHAPE America as a Member-at-Large.
Angela Russell, PhDDr. Angela Russell received her PhD in Human Performance with a concentration in Special Education from The University of Alabama. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Auburn University at Montgomery. Much of her research involves health and physical activity in children and adults with disabilities. Dr. Russell also leads a weekly class for adults with intellectual disabilities at the AUM Wellness Center.
Dr. Barb StruemplerDr. Barb Struempler is an Alabama community nutritionist with the Alabama Extension System at Auburn University. She provides sensible and accurate nutrition advice in most areas of nutrition. She specializes in helping Alabamians prevent and reduce obesity. One helpful recommendation for everyone is: Alabamians are always looking for a closer place to park your car and an easier way to lose weight. Keep in mind that losing weight means eating less and walking more.
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.