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Healthy Huntsville Kicks off 2019 with Scale Back Alabama

Published on January 14, 2019

Scale Back Alabama 2019

Mayor Tommy Battle joined fellow Healthy Huntsville partners at the Madison County Department of Public Health today to officially kick off Scale Back Alabama.

Representatives from the founding members of Healthy Huntsville were in attendance including Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Public Outreach Coordinator Jennifer Carden, Madison County Department of Public Health Administrator Judy Smith and Huntsville City Schools Director of Community Engagement Rena Anderson.

“Using the momentum of the ‘Maintain Don’t Gain’ holiday challenge, with a total of 529 pounds lost, we are excited to begin Scale Back Alabama in the City of Huntsville,” said Mayor Tommy Battle.

Scale Back Alabama is a free program that encourages teams of two to lose weight (a goal of 10 pounds) from the end of January to the beginning of April. Teams of two most register to participate, as well as weigh-in and weigh-out at the same location.

There are many public weighing locations, including the three Huntsville Hospital Wellness Centers, Brahan Spring Recreation Center, Optimist Recreation Center, Showers Recreation Center and Fern Bell Recreation Center. To register your team, visit scalebackalabama.com or download their free app.

Jennifer Carden, Public Outreach Coordinator for the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology emphasized the importance of company culture when it comes to empowering healthy choices.

“Promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging our employees to participate in Scale Back Alabama are some of the ways that we live Healthy Huntsville’s mission of reducing obesity in Huntsville.”

Follow Healthy Huntsville on Facebook and at HuntsvilleAL.gov/healthyhuntsville to see tips for safely losing ten pounds or more over the next months.


Public Weigh-in Locations and Hours

Weigh-in dates: January 21-27 (Monday-Sunday)

Weigh-out dates: April 1-7 (Monday-Sunday)

Weighing locations:

Any Huntsville Hospital Wellness Center

(Huntsville, Madison, Jones Valley)

Monday – Friday: 7AM – 7PM

Saturday & Sunday: 1PM-5PM


Optimist Rec Center

Monday – Friday: 8AM – 9PM

Saturday: 9AM-1PM

Sunday: 1PM – 5PM


Richard Showers Rec Center

Monday – Friday: 8AM – 9PM

Saturday: 9AM-1PM

Sunday: 1PM – 5PM


Fern Bell Rec Center

Monday – Friday: 8AM – 9PM

Saturday: 9AM-1PM

Sunday: 1PM – 5PM


Brahan Spring Rec Center

Monday – Friday: 8AM – 9PM

Saturday: 9AM-1PM

Sunday: 1PM – 5PM


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. 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.


Healthy Huntsville

Led by Mayor Tommy Battle and the City’s Parks & Recreation Department, Healthy Huntsville is sponsored by the following non-profit organizations:  City of Huntsville, Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville City Schools, HudsonAlpha, and the Huntsville-Madison County Health Department. These organizations are working with the community to offer FREE programs throughout the year to help educate our citizens on wellness and good physical health. Our goal is to: “Reduce obesity by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles.”