Running shoes are being laced up across the state as Alabamians take a step toward fighting the obesity challenge around them with the program, Scale Back Alabama. According to the webpage the program was created to lighten the mood of a daily exercise routine and make things a little more fun.

To qualify for the program participants must team up with two other participants. All must be 18 or older, live of work in the state, and complete online registration or go to an official weigh in site. Anyone who loses 10 pounds is automatically eligible for prizes. Weigh-ins officially ended on January  23 however everyone is still encouraged to utilize the tools available to educate oneself on health and wellness.

Gina Marbrey, M.S. and department head of health and physical education and recreation proudly said, “JSU wellness center has served as a weigh in site for 7 of the 8 years that scale back Alabama has existed.” JSU students are encouraged to get involved in this 10 week program. The wellness center as well as students majoring in exercise science will be offering 30 minute fitness session. The fitness sessions will be held at various buildings across campus (exact buildings have not been confirmed yet), every Wednesday from 12:15-12:45.

February 11, March 11, and April 8th JSU will preview the new get healthy JSU initiative. Over one million pounds have been shed by Alabama’s over the past 8 years.

Ashley Colvin
Staff Writer

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