Step Into Spring!

Get Active with Walk Cobb!

Walk Cobb 2014 Registration ends March 10!

Registration is now open for the spring edition of Walk Cobb and will last until March 10, 2014. The walking initiative will be from February 1- April 26, and Cobb2020 is encouraging its teams to reach a landmark 50,000 miles!

What you need to know:
Registration ends on March 10, 2014

Walk Cobb/Walk Georgia: February 1- April 26, 2014. All entries must be completed by April 30, 2014.

Where to register: ; Use group name "Cobb2020" to register.

Last fall, 425 individuals challenged themselves to Walk Cobb. The initiative was through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension's Walk Georgia campaign. The Cobb County teams collectively logged 29,273 miles and 11 teams exceeded their walking goals!

Photovoice Winners!
After many great submissions, Cobb2020 is proud to announce the winners of Photovoice 2013!

Ages 5-13
1. Cheap Chow: Abbey Crossman

2. One Way or Another, It All Leads to Obesity: Samuel McGrath
Ages 14- 18

1. Updated Christmas List: Jessica Reyes
2. Junk food v. Health food: Hannah Curcuru
Ages 19- older
1. Fruitful living: Kristen Foster

2. Kids Meal = Heart Attack: Laura Bracci

Cobb2020 wants to thank everyone for their submissions and keep staying healthy, Cobb County!


 Choose Greens for Healthy Eating

Spring into March by adding more greens to your diet!

As the warm weather approaches, the desire for lighter fare such as salads becomes higher. Adding greens to your meals is a must, and check out the simple recipe for brussel sprouts to help you go green.


  • 1 pound Brussel sprouts, rinsed, ends trimmed
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place Brussel sprouts in a cast iron frying pan (or a roasting pan, but a cast iron frying pan will work great for this recipe). Toss in the garlic. Sprinkle Brussels sprouts with lemon juice. Toss with oil so that the sprouts are well coated. Sprinkle generously with salt (at least a half teaspoon) and a few turns of black pepper.

2. Put Brussel sprouts in oven on top rack, cook for 20 minutes, then stir so that the sprouts get coated with the oil in the pan. Cook for another 10 minutes. Then sprinkle with Parmesan (if using) and cook for another 5 minutes.

The sprouts should be nicely browned, some of the outside leaves crunchy, the interior should be cooked through.

Choose Healthy Lungs

Kick Butts Day is on March 19 and brings together activists to prevent teen smoking.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, almost 100,000 teenagers in Georgia are active smokers.

Cobb2020 provides resources that can help families have encouraging conversations about teen smoking and its consequences.

Trying to quit? Contact the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1.877.270.STOP (7867) for the free therapies and support.

 Partnership Success

Cobb2020 partner launches wellness initiatives

Cobb County Government, partner of Cobb2020, had a successful 2013 as they implemented a year-long wellness initiative to get their employees moving towards a healthy lifestyle. Between the Healthiest Loser Challenge, participating in the Kaiser Permanente 5K and hosting fitness classes, the employees of Cobb County Government had access to different ways to get in shape througout the year.

Cobb2020 Spotlight

 Cobb2020 partners win Health Hero Award from Cobb Chamber

Dr. Jack Kennedy of Cobb and Douglas Public Health and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life wellness movement were the recipients of the 2014 Health Hero Awards presented by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 3 at the First Monday breakfast.

Photo courtesy of Cobb  Chamber of CommerceDr. Kennedy has been instrumental in launching the Cobb2020 and Cobb Access Health initiative that aims to make Cobb County healthier through community initiatives and participation and providing primary healthcare services to uninsured Cobb County residents, respectively. He also launched the Good Samaritan Health Clinic in Cobb to provide a dependable, full-time, comprehensive healthcare home for those without insurance or the means to afford care in Cobb County.

Strong4Life, a wellness movement to combat childhood obesity launched by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, received the Health Hero Award for deserving organization. In Cobb County alone, the initiative has trained over 215 healthcare providers, 150 cafeteria managers, 18 Cobb County school nurses, and 15 schools on nutrition and promoting physical activity and healthy eating to combat childhood obesity.  

The Health Hero Award recognizes qualified individuals and agencies that have made significant positive impact on the health of the Cobb County community.

Upcoming Health Events

Walk Cobb 2014
February 1- April 26, 2014 (registration open until March 10, 2014)
For more information and registration, visit Cobb2020.

WellStar Health Screenings
Kennesaw Medical Center
3805 Cherokee Street
March 11
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Yoga on the Square
March 11
Glover Park on Marietta Square
12 p.m.

Kennesaw State's 5K Shamrock Run
March 15
The Perch at KSU, 390 Big Shanty Rd., Kennesaw
7 a.m.

Spring Chicken Run 5K
March 22
MacLand Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Rd., Powder Springs
8:30 a.m.

WellStar Health Screenings
Powder Springs Senior Center
March 11
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

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 .