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Hospitals kick off 10-million-pound weight-loss program

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com· 340-2445

Can Alabamians lose 10 million pounds in eight weeks?

Local hospitals want to help the public reach that goal.

Athens-Limestone Hospital and Parkway Medical Center are joining the 2003 American Idol, Ruben Studdard, in a statewide weight loss program called Scale Back Alabama. Alabama’s hospitals, the Alabama Department of Public Health and Barber Dairies are sponsoring the program.

“That’s basically 10 pounds per person for every person in Alabama that is estimated to be obese,” said Rhonda Steen, director of Athens-Limestone’s Wellness Center. “Currently, Alabama ranks as the second most obese state in the nation, and this extra weight can be a huge factor in increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other life-altering conditions.”

Studdard wants people to create teams of three to five to compete for a grand prize of $1,000 per person on the team that has the highest percentage weight loss.

Parkway will hold its kickoff on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at The Pavilion Classroom. Teams will weigh in and get their packets. Those who cannot attend can call Rosemary Gates at 301-3719 or Belinda Bullard 301-3428.

Athens-Limestone has scheduled various times for teams to sign up and weigh in Monday at the Wellness Center. Those times are from 6-7 a.m., 8-11 a.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

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