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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:

Edible Eyeballs
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 Spotlight

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.

We would also love to hear about your upcoming health-related events in Cobb County as well, so lets us know if you have any community-wide event suggestions. Send them to .




Thank You for Attending Cobb2020 Partnership’s Inaugural Event

Cobb2020 Voice

Cobb2020 Launches Community Health Improvement Event

The Weight of the Nation ... A Healthier Cobb Starts NOW! Inaugural Event

The Cobb2020 Partnership for a Healthier Cobb County launched its Cobb2020 Health Improvement Initiative at the inaugural event, The Weight is Over ... a Healthier Cobb Starts NOW!, on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. The purpose of the Cobb2020 event was to bring together community leaders to address health issues affecting Cobb County and to collectively take action and join the Cobb2020 Partnership's Health Improvement Initiative.

Community participation was at its best, with more than 350 attendees from Cobb County. Guests received an introduction to the Cobb2020 Health Improvement Plan, designed to improve the overall health of the County through strategic actions that support a healthier Cobb, as well as an overview on growing community health issues from local, state and national perspectives.

"For the first time in Cobb County, we have hospital systems, physicians, other healthcare providers, local governments, schools, chambers of commerce, businesses, churches, civic organizations and nonprofits all coming together, dedicated to making our community healthier," said Jay Dillon, Cobb2020 Steering Committee chair and director of communications for the Cobb County School District. "I'm just amazed at the collaboration and momentum we've had so far. It's an exciting time."

WSB's Condace Pressley emceed the program that featured a keynote address from Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. As chair of the Cobb2020 Steering Committee, Jay Dillon provided an overview on the community health process Cobb2020 is using to initiate health improvements. Guests were also enthused by remarks from two nationally renowned public health leaders of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Judith Monroe, deputy director of the Office of State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), and Dr. Ursula Bauer, director of the National Prevention Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). The speakers energized the crowd and further emphasized the importance of the Cobb2020 Health Improvement Initiative.

The program also featured a brief highlight of the HBO "Weight of the Nation," national film series, which addresses America's rising obesity epidemic. A Cobb2020 Call to Action film followed to showcase ways in which several influential leaders in the Cobb community have made a commitment to health improvements. Students from Sope Creek Elementary School engaged the crowd in a physical activity routine, and local comedian Scott Davis also provided "laughter for good health" through his personal weight lost testimonial.

Sope Creek Elementary Grooving to Action

Students at Sope Creek Elementary kick start their mornings with their Sunrise Program – 20 minutes of running, playing games, dancing and jumping to music. This is a voluntary program to start a day of learning with high-energy fitness routines. Click HERE to watch the video from the event.

Cobb Leaders Advocating for Healthy Changes

Cobb2020 believes the best way to be effective in community health improvement is to start locally – with local governments, educators, business owners and healthcare providers. Several instrumental leaders in the Cobb community and State have already committed to the Cobb2020 health movement and are encouraging others to join. Hear from Governor Nathan Deal, Cobb County Manager David Hankerson, WellStar CEO Reynold Jennings, Lockheed Martin Vice President Shan Cooper, Mayor of Kennesaw Mark Mathews and Cobb & Douglas Public Health Director Jack Kennedy, MD, on how their organizations are supporting healthy workforces in the Cobb2020 Call to Action video, produced by Cobb County Government TV23, debuted at the launch of the Cobb2020 Health Initiative. Click HERE to watch the video.

We Can Change this Unhealthy Outlook!

The Cobb2020 Partnership, a collaboration of community organizations and individuals, is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and the delivery of essential health services in Cobb County. The plan involves creating a strategic policy to implement wellness changes that make it easier for everyone to embrace a healthier lifestyle and proper nutrition.

This is an exciting time for Cobb County! The decisions we make collectively today will impact individuals, families, employees and our entire community for many years to come. It is time to work together as a community, both as leaders and members, to make our community a healthier place to live.

It's Clear There is Work to Do!

For the first time in America, today's children are not expected to live as long as their parents. Cobb County is one of Georgia's most robust economies, but its overall community health statistics need improvement in reducing and preventing chronic disease such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and lung cancer. If Cobb's 700,000 resident were to collectively look into a mirror, they might see a reflection of escalating rates of obesity and deteriorating health.

  • Nearly 24% of Cobb County adults and 12% of its youth are considered obese.
  • Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the leading causes of illness and premature death in Cobb County.
  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality for both men and women in Cobb County.
  • Diabetes is the 18th leading cause of death in Cobb County.
  • The age adjusted mortality rate for Cobb County is lower than it is for Georgia.

These are numbers we just can't live with – literally!

Join Community Voices Improving Healthy Choices

Sign our pledge for change! The best way to create a healthy community is to get everyone involved. From large organizations to families and individuals, everyone in the community needs to become involved with our effort to make Cobb a better place to live. Sign the Cobb2020 Pledge for a Healthier Cobb County at

Send Your Health-Related Events to our Calendar!
Know of an upcoming event that encourages physical activity, proper nutrition or maintaining a healthy lifestyle? If so, add your voice to our calendar of events! To submit a Cobb County health-related event, CLICK HERE.

We appreciate your time and involvement to support this critical health improvement initiative. We look forward to working with you to help make Cobb County the healthiest place to live, work, learn and play!

The purpose of this Cobb2020 Partnership eNewsletter is to keep the general public informed on the Cobb2020 Health Improvement Initiative and sustain its efforts in creating a healthier community by making healthy living easier and more affordable in Cobb County.