MONTGOMERY- Governor Robert
Bentley on Thursday announced his participation in Scale Back Alabama, a
statewide weight loss contest designed to help Alabama fight obesity and
encourage Alabamians to develop healthy habits.
Joining Governor Bentley on
his team are Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson,
and Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee.
According to the Kaiser
Family Foundation State Health Facts, 70% of Alabamians are overweight. One of
Governor Bentley's top priorities is improving the health of people in this
"As a physician, the
health of our state is very important to me," Governor Bentley said.
"I made a personal commitment to lose 10 pounds and keep it off.
Scale Back Alabama is a perfect way to help Alabamians lose weight and develop
healthy lifestyle commitments.”
“My team and I will work
together over the next 10 weeks to incorporate smarter eating
decisions into our daily lives,” Bentley added. “I appreciate Lt. Governor
Ivey, Revenue Commissioner Magee, and State Health Officer Williamson joining
me in Scale Back Alabama.”
“I am honored to be a part
of Governor Bentley’s leadership team, working toward a healthier
Alabama,” Lt. Governor Ivey said. “One of the best habits to develop is a
healthy lifestyle. I look forward to learning beneficial health tips in order
to not only improve my own lifestyle, but also the lives of my fellow
Revenue Commissioner Julie
Magee said by joining the Scale Back Alabama team, she hopes to motivate
herself to diet and exercise.
“As the owner of a personal
fitness facility, I know how vital it is to be fit and healthy,” Magee said.
“I've not been as diligent with my diet and exercise as I used to be, so
joining the Governor's team is going to motivate me to get fit.”
“Scale Back Alabama
is about more than short-term weight loss; it's about providing a foundation
for a lifetime change in behavior,” State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson
said. “Given Alabama’s problem with obesity, more than two-thirds of us
should lose some weight.”
Scale Back Alabama is
sponsored by Alabama’s hospitals and the Alabama Department of Public
Health, with underwriting by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. It
is a 10-week program and is targeted to adults 18 and older.
“We are extremely pleased
that the state’s doctor governor is among those participating in Scale Back
Alabama,” Rosemary Blackmon, Executive Vice President/COO of the Alabama
Hospital Association said. “And while we had to make an exception for the
governor and his team to weigh in late due to last week’s tornadoes, we
believe it is well worth it to have the state’s highest officer leading the
charge toward a healthier Alabama. The team will not be eligible for the
cash prize drawing, but Governor Bentley and his team will certainly benefit
from knowing that they have inspired others to eat less and move more.”