Cobb2020 Helping You Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday!

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Helping you Have a Happy and Healtht Holiday!       

Enjoy the Season while Staying Healthy and Active

The holidays are officially here, and amidst all of the parties, traveling and endless treats, it is hard to stay committed to healthy and fit living. Cobb2020 can help you stay on track! Below are some great ideas, resources and gifts to help you and your family enjoy a healthy holiday season.

Choose Healthy Foods

Enjoy the Season's Eatings!

It's The holiday season can mean nonstop parties, family gatherings and of course, food! But you don't have to give up great food at these festive occasions. Plan ahead to make dishes that are tasty and healthy too. Try out a recipe like:

Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 
   softened
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled,
  cored, and cut into 1/2-inch rings
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the sweet potatoes on a piece of aluminum foil and roast until they can be easily pierced with a fork, about 1 hour. Let cool slightly.

2. Trim the ends and pull off the peels; slice into 1/2-inch rounds.

3. Butter a small (3-1/2-quart) casserole dish with half the butter. In a bowl, stir together the cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Arrange half the apple rings and sweet-potato rounds in alternating layers in the dish; sprinkle with half the spice mixture and half the maple syrup. Layer in the rest of the apples and sweet potatoes, ending with the apples. Sprinkle with the remaining spices, drizzle with the remaining syrup; dot with the rest of the butter.

4. Cover and bake until the apples are very tender, about 45 minutes.

For the full recipe, Click here.

Choose to Move

Give the Gift of Healthy Fun!

October Fun holiday gifts don’t have to be all about food or the latest video game or technology gadget. Below are some healthy and active gift ideas everyone in the family can enjoy!

- Bike
- Fruit Baskets
- Sports Equipment
- Healthy Cookbook
- Pedometer / Fitbit
- Jump Rope or Frisbee
- Skateboard
- Tennis Shoes
- Scooter
- Hula Hoops
- Workout Clothes
- Yoga Mat
- Dance Video Games
- On-the-go Blender
- Cooking Utensils
- Road Race / Walking Event Registration Certificate
- Certificates for Rock Wall Climbing, White Water Rafting, Boot Camp or other activities
- Gift Basket for an Afternoon in the Local Park Complete with Frisbee, Picnic Lunch & Walking Shoes

Kennesaw Opens New Skate Park

In Time to shred! The Kennesaw Skatepark is open and ready for grind! Red Bull Skateboard athletes Ryan Sheckler and Torey Pudwill helped kick off the opening day celebrations on November 23 with local skateboard enthusiasts at the state-of-the-art skatepark. The 40,000 square foot all-concrete facility consists of a Street League Skateboarding Foundation Certified Skate Plaza, as well as a traditional flow course and bowl. Check out skatekennesaw.com for more details

There is no charge to use the facility, but helmets are required for skaters ages 15 and under.

Choose Healthy Lungs

Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Georgians!

The Georgia Department of Public Healthy (DPH) is providing help to Georgians who want to quit smoking and stop using tobacco products. DPH is offering a four-week supply of FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy to all Georgians 18 years and older who use tobacco products. The free Nicotine Replacement Therapy medication comes in the form of patches and gum. If you are ready to quit now, contact the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1.877.270.STOP (7867) for the free therapies.

Since 2001, the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line has helped nearly 95,000 Georgians in their attempts to stop smoking. You could be next by taking the fist step to quitting now and calling the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line.

Choose to Eat Less, Lose More

We Can! in Cobb Coalition Receives Braves Grant to Help Youth to Lead Healthier Lives

The We Can! in Cobb Coalition was awarded an Atlanta Braves Foundation grant to facilitate its Media-Smart Youth community program in Cobb County. The interactive program teaches youth (11-13 years-old) how complex media messages influences their health in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.

Four key lessons include media awareness, media production, nutrition and physical activity and will be covered in 10 structured sessions. At the end, youth participants will develop a media project, such as a video, to share their skills and teach others how to take a specific action for better nutrition and/or increased physical activity. Congratulation We Can! in Cobb Coalition! For more information, Click here.

Cobb2020 Spotlight

Get Ready for A New Year and A New You!

Join The New Year is quickly approaching and for many people this means making resolutions. With the majority of resolutions focused on weight, fitness​, nutrition and smoking cessation, the New Year is a great time to try new things. Whether it's trying new foods, activities or changing behaviors, make meaningful commitments to better health by signing the Cobb2020 Pledge. Cobb2020 provides sounds information and resources so that you can make personal commitments for you and your family, or get your colleagues involved and initiate changes for a healthier work environment. To sign the Pledge now,  Click here.

Photovoice Health Contest Resulted in Almost 100 Entries!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Cobb2020 Photovoice contest. Our panel of community judges will be reviewing the entries over the next two weeks and will announce the winners soon. Check out all of our excellent and creative Photovoice submissions! Click here.

Upcoming Health Events

WellStar Good Life Club - Wellness for Seniors

Healthy Aging through Nutrition and Exercise
The key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are concerned about weight gain, fall prevention, chronic disease or energy levels, there are many things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. This program will provide the building blocks that can help you make positive changes in your daily life. It is never too late to make healthy lifestyle choices!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
WellStar Acworth Health Park, 4550 Cobb Parkway NW, Acworth, GA
6:30 PM - 8 PM

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Indian Hills Country Club
4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta, GA
6:30 PM - 8 PM

For more information or to register, Click here.

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 .