Join Cobb2020 in Getting Active in the Community!!
Offering Fun & Healthy Activities
Welcome to the October edition of Cobb2020's monthly newsletter, the Cobb2020 Voice. Fall is here, and with it comes perfect weather to get outside and involved in the many healthy activities going on this month. Find out ways you can join activities that get you moving, plan for a happy AND healthy Halloween and learn what's been going on with Cobb2020. Come attend the Kennesaw State University Owl 'o Ween event in Kennesaw to participate in fun and interactive Cobb2020 games and see how you can jumpstart healthy changes! See below for more details. And, we have extended our Photovoice contest and will accept entries until November 25th. Take your best shot and join in the fun! Click here for more details.
Choose Healthy Foods
Have a Fun & Healthy Halloween!
It's that time of year for dressing up, trick-or-treating, and yes, endless candy! Did you know we eat up to 25% of an entire year's candy intake during the week of Halloween alone? But all of your tasty treats don't have to be bad for you! Radio Disney's Try It campaign is all about getting creative and helping you try something new this Halloween. Treat yourself and your family with sneaky tricks that are fun and good for you too! Parents why don't you try a snack like:
Open your mouth for a tasty treat and open your eyes to the power of vitamins with these creepy peepers!
- Carrots (the wider the circumference the better)
- Low-fat cream cheese
- Pitted black olives
1. Cut carrots into 1-inch thick chunks
2. Top each carrot with a blob of cream cheese and one half of a black olive
Voila! You have your creepy peepers ready to eat and offering two servings of vegetables.
For more information on healthy Halloween tips and tasty treats like these, Click here.
Choose to Move
Get Moving with Walk to School Day!!
October 9, 2013 is International Walk to School Day. This is a worldwide event where people from 40 different countries across the globe walk to school on the same day. Will you be a part of history? For more information, Click here.
Walking is one of the easiest and fun ways to incorporate physical activity on a regular basis. You can expand on International Walk to School Day and make it a routine for more than one day of fun! Below are some helpful tips to think about when creating a walk to school routine:
- Choose sidewalks or paths whenever possible, even it if takes you longer
- Minimize the number of street crossings
- Look for places to cross where drivers are paying attention such strop signs, crosswalks and street lights
- Map out your route ahead of time
- Always walk with a buddy
For more tips on walking to school or to plan a walk to school event in your community, Click here.
There are already schools in Cobb County gearing up for International Walk to School Day - Mt. Bethel Elementary and Sope Creek Elementary challenged each other to see who could get the most kids to participate and walk to school on October 9. To spark a little friendly competition, several students from Mt. Bethel created a video. Click here to view it now.
Don't forget, you can take steps to a healthier you by joining the Walk Cobb Initiative. Grab friends and form a group or just getting moving on your own. Registration to participate ends October 9, so click here to learn more and sign up now!
And congrats to the City of Acworth, the City of Kennesaw, the City of Smyrna, Cobb County and Cobb County Schools for signing proclamations to participate in the Walk Cobb initiative. Great work!
Choose to Eat Less, Lose More
Schools Promoting Healthy Lifestyles with Fitness Activities
Cobb2020 in partnership with YMCA and Cobb County Schools, worked with 57 4th graders with BMI's identified as "needs improvement" on their Fitnessgram, a health-related physical fitness assessment, to participate in a Youth Summer Fit Program aimed at reducing their weight, lowering their BMI's and improving their overall health. For eight weeks, three times a week, the children came to the YMCA to engage in physical fitness with fun and interactive games to get them moving. The program was very successful and Cobb2020 is planning on running the program again and looking at additional locations across the County as well.
Additionally, there are many schools across Cobb County dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and stressing the importance of physical fitness to their students and are going the extra mile to get kids moving. See what several schools are doing to increase their students' physical activity throughout the day. Click here to see what they are doing.
Cobb Committing to Healthier Lifestyles
Cobb Organizations Receive Mini-Grants to Initiate Changes
Several organizations in Cobb County have recently been approved to initiate Community Transformation (CTG) mini-grants focused on implementing healthier lifestyles or better access to health services. Congrats to the following organizations for starting initiatives to support healthy lifestyles:
- Cobb Alcohol Task Force (CAT)
- Cobb County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Good Samaritan Health Center
- Renovacion Conyugal
- Powder Springs Community Taskforce for We Can! in Cobb
Cobb2020 Celebrating its One-Year Anniversary
Join As a way to celebrate Cobb2020's one-year anniversary from its kick-off event last October and to recognize its accomplishments, we will be participating in two great community events this month.
Healthcare Summit, Oct. 21, 7 AM to 3 PM: Hosted by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and WellStar Health System, Cobb2020 will serve as a sponsor at the Healthcare Summit, where attendees will learn about the impact of the Affordable Care Act and how their organization can plan for new requirements. Wellness and preventative health strategies will also be provided to regional businesses. Cobb2020 partners will serve as roundtable facilitators to group discussions focusing on how businesses can implement prevention activities and worksite wellness strategies. For more information, Click here.
Radio Disney TRYathlon Event at Kennesaw State University's Owl 'o Ween Event, Oct 26., 4 to 11 PM: The Radio Disney TRYathlon, is a traveling event made up of a series of challenges that promote nutritious foods and physical activity and are designed to be fun, family inclusive and model a balanced lifestyle. Cobb2020 has partnered with Radio Disney to participate at the KSU's Owl 'o Ween hot air balloon festival, where event activities include:
- Hot air balloons
- Live family entertainment on two stages
- A Farmers Fresh Harvest Market
- Interactive games
- Trick or-treating
- A Costume contest
Plus, Cobb2020 will have its own booth at the event where we will be educating parents and families on simple and fun ways to make healthy lifestyle changes for the whole family and will get you moving with hands-on activities and games including a hula hoop contest. Come stop by and see us! For more information, Click here.
Upcoming Health Events
Join in on Community Fun in October!
The We Can! Powder Springs Kick-Off will celebrate its start to becoming a We Can! city focused on ways to enhance children's activity and nutrition with a kick-off event on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 AM to 4 PM in downtown Powder Springs. There will be activities and nutritional demonstrations for children, so come join in on the fun. For more information, Click here.
The 14th Annual Fall Festival of Fun will be held on Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 PM at Jim Miller Park. The festival will include arts and crafts, games, inflatable rides, police and fire activities, costume and coloring contests and a photo booth. For more information, Click here.
And for more information on health-related events happening in Cobb County, visit the Cobb2020 Calendar.