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Press Release

Alabama State Parks to Help Alabamians Scale Back

January 20, 2010

Alabama State Parks has partnered with Scale Back Alabama to offer three free weekends to Scale Back participants during the 10-week contest. Entrance and parking fees at all 22 Alabama State Parks will be waived for Scale Back Alabama participants on February 20-21, March 20-21, and April 3-4. To qualify for free admission and parking, participants must show either a printed confirmation email or yellow weigh-in card at the park gate. Special guided hikes will be held at various parks during the three free Scale Back weekends. Information about the guided hikes will be posted to the State Parks and Scale Back Alabama Web sites as it becomes available.
 
“We are proud to be working with Scale Back Alabama to promote outdoor activities that lead to healthier lifestyles,” said Mark Easterwood, Director of Alabama State Parks. “With the hundreds of miles of trails in our State Park system the partnership is a perfect fit.”
 
In addition to the Scale Back activities, various Alabama State Parks Resort Lodges will be offering “Healthy Options” weekend packages for health conscious park visitors. From walking the day use areas to hiking or biking the trails, Alabama State Parks offer several outdoor adventures that not only burn calories, but refresh the mind and create lasting memories. For more information about the many exciting outdoor exercise opportunities and the “Healthy Options” weekend packages visit the various parks’ pages at www.alapark.com.
 
According to Miriam Gaines, Nutrition and Physical Activity Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the state’s obesity problem is due in part to a lack of physical activity. “Providing a place to go outside and walk that is in a safe area is key to helping people become more active,” Gaines said. “I am so pleased that Alabama State Parks is providing such a wonderful opportunity for the Scale Back Alabama participants.”  
 
Rosemary Blackmon, spokesperson for the Alabama Hospital Association agrees. “Developing a fun physical activity routine is important for the entire family,” Blackmon said. “The Scale Back Alabama partnership with Alabama State Parks will hopefully raise awareness about the importance of leading a healthier lifestyle.”
 
Scale Back Alabama is a public awareness campaign hosted by Alabama's hospitals, the Alabama Department of Public Health, Barber's Dairies and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama that encourages Alabamians to lose weight. More than 40,000 Alabamians participated in the 2009 campaign and lost a combined 183,135 pounds. For information visit www.scalebackalabama.com.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions:  Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .