The Fairhope Recreation Center will serve as a weigh-in center for this year’s Scale Back Alabama statewide weight loss program.

The Fairhope Recreation Center.

The Fairhope Recreation Center.

Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free program designed to encourage Alabama residents to get healthy. Since the first competition, the state’s residents have lost more than 1 million pounds on the program. The program lasts 10 weeks and is open to teams of four from families, municipalities, businesses, clubs, or neighborhood groups.

Since this year is the program’s 10th anniversary, Scale Back Alabama has introduced an App that will be available for free in the Apple App Store and on Google Play starting in January. As part of the 10th anniversary, they are also attempting to get in the Guinness Book of World Records by having the most people on one scale.

Participants must weigh in between January 25 and January 31 to be eligible. The competition ends the week of April 11 with final weigh-ins. Winning teams are eligible to win cash prizes. To be eligible for prizes each team member must lose at least 10 pounds.

“Scale Back Alabama is a great way to kick-start your weight loss,” said Nate Lami, City of Fairhope Recreation Center Coordinator. “We hope by the City’s Recreation Center participating in this program it will encourage residents to participate and do what they can to improve their health by losing weight and exercising.”

Last year the city opened the indoor walking track at the Rec Center to the public, free of charge as part of the program, according to Lami.

“We already have some good programs and facilities in place in Fairhope to make this easy for folks: the city Rec Center, the Get Fit Fairhope program, many privately owned gyms and wellness centers and good walking and biking tracks and trails,” Mayor Tim Kant said. “I have encouraged our employees to participate in both Get Fit Fairhope and Scaleback Alabama and hope our community will too.”

The Fairhope Recreation Center is located on Greeno Road and open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. On Sunday the center is open from noon until 6 p.m.

To register or learn more, click here or call Nate Lami at the Fairhope Recreation Center at 251-928-7270.