Losing weight consistently tops New Year's resolution lists, and for the second year in a row it also tops Alabama's resolutions. Scale Back Alabama is a 10-week contest overseen by the state's Department of Public Health to help its residents lose the pounds. It starts this month with an official statewide weigh-in where teams of four people commit to try to lose 10 or more pounds; each team member must lose at least 10 pounds to be eligible for the grand prize of $4,000, and an additional 20 awards of $250 will be given to individuals who make the weight-loss goal. Last year's contest was modeled after TV's "The Biggest Loser," and rewarded the team with the highest percentage of weight loss. Worried that the emphasis on percentage weight loss encouraged crash diets and other unhealthy methods, this year's contest was designed to help people lose weight in a healthy manner by exercising and eating sensibly. The Web site, www.scalebackalabama.com, includes contest rules and guidelines, weekly lesson plans to help participants lose weight, healthy-living tips and results from last year's contest, in which the 8,400 people who participated lost a total of 78,472 pounds.