By Katie Herrera
BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - Scale Back Alabama kicked off its 5th year in January. The state-wide, weight-loss competition drew more than 30,000 people to drop almost 200,000 pounds last year.
But this year, one local employer is taking it one step farther. Integrated Medical Systems (IMS) is calling their challenge "Scale Back-Give Back." For every one pound an employee loses, the company will donate $1 to the Jimmie Hale Mission.
IMS allows their employees to have 30 minutes of exercise time "on the clock" everyday. The company has also provided work out facilities just across the street from their offices.
FOX6 caught up with one group of workers working out Tuesday afternoon. They quickly shared their excitement for the challenge – especially their team names. From the Fattlesnakes, to Girls Gone Fit, to the Exercists, IMS employees were sweating off the pounds.
"I've lost five pounds on Scale Back Alabama," explained IMS team Exercist member Danielle Presswood.