Commit to losing 10 pounds in 10 weeks during Scale Back Alabama

scalebackala sizedIf you're already cheating on your New Year's weight-loss resolutions, Scale Back Alabama can help keep you honest. The statewide initiative starts its weigh-ins next week. 

UAB faculty, staff, students and family members are invited to commit to losing 10 pounds in 10 weeks for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including statewide grand prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 per team member. UAB Wellness also will have prize drawings for UAB participants.

To participate, teams of four must complete the registration form by downloading one from online or completing one on site, and all members must be weighed between Jan. 21-24 at one of 13 campus locations. Team members do not have to weigh together, although you will need to know your team name and captain. The weigh-in schedule, including dates, times and locations, is online. Members will be weighed at the end during the week of April 7-11 at an official site.

More than 850 UAB employees participated in the health program this past year, losing a total 2,822 pounds. That involvement is one reason UAB was named Birmingham's Healthiest Employer in the 500-plus employee category for the second consecutive year by the Birmingham Business Journal

UAB Wellness will help keep you motivated with guest posts about nutrition and wellness throughout the contest on its UAB Windows into Wellness blog. Check each week for tips, ideas and recipes.

Be Healthy

  • Farm Stand is back
    The Farm Stand will be bringing fresh fruits and vegetables and other delicious treats to UAB each week, beginning April 7. This year Boozer Farms will now be operating The Farm Stand 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Check the schedule online.
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  • Register for My Health Rewards beginning Jan. 26
    The no-cost, voluntary program can help you make healthful nutrition choices, incorporate exercise into your life, reduce stress and look and feel your best. But that’s not all: Participants who maintain a healthy status or lower their health risk may save on their 2016 insurance premiums. My Health Rewards is available to most benefit-eligible UAB employees enrolled in an active UAB health plan.
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  • Get help for common medical conditions online for $10
    If you feel like you're under the weather with the flu or another common condition such as a sinus infection, UAB eMedicine offers its service at a discounted rate of $10 to employees and eligible dependents enrolled in a UAB, UAB Health System or Health Services Foundation health plan.
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  • Try one of these five apps for better health
    My Health Rewards, a new UAB Employee Wellness program, will launch in 2015 and help you set goals for improved health. Meanwhile, these five apps that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle through the holidays.
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  • Take a nutrition mini-class on Tuesdays

    The classes, noon-1 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center, will be held for four consecutive Tuesdays and led by a registered dietician. Download a flyer.


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  • Employee Wellness to roll out new voluntary program in 2015

    My Health Rewards will encourage employees to help build a healthier UAB by providing free screenings, health-risk profiles, access to valuable health-support services and incentives.

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  • Walking group preparing for diabetes fundraiser

    The MyDiabetesConnect group, which walks at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Railroad Park, is open to anyone.

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  • UAB among the city’s healthiest employers

    For the third year in a row, the university is being recognized for helping its employees prioritize their health.

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  • Make time for a mid-week meditation in July
    Take a short time out from the stresses of your day for a brief, guided relaxation meditation 1-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in July. Call 934-2281 to register.
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  • Time for the summer 5 in 5
    Get healthy during a five-week UAB Employee Wellness program: lower your blood pressure five points, lose five pounds and engage in five designated fitness activities. Register June 27 at the Green Screens to be eligible for prizes.
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