Cobb2020 Celebrates One-Year Anniversary


Cobb2020 – A Partnership for a Healthier Cobb County


Cobb2020 Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

MARIETTA, GA, October 18, 2013 – Cobb2020 will be participating in two great community events this month – the Cobb Chamber Health Care Summit on October, 21, 2013 and the Radio Disney TRYathlon Event at Kennesaw State University’s Owl ‘o Ween Event on Oct 26, 2013. These events celebrate Cobb2020’s one-year anniversary from its kick-off event, The Weight is Over…. A Healthier Cobb Starts NOW!, at the Strand Theatre which focused on raising awareness on the issue of obesity in Cobb County.

Over the past year, Cobb2020 has been very active in developing health initiatives to continue the momentum and support gained from community partners at the kick-off event. As a way to share accomplishments, educate the public and interact with the community, Cobb2020 will participate at the following events:

Cobb Chamber Health Care Summit, Monday, Oct. 21, 7 AM to 3 PM: Hosted by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and WellStar, Cobb2020 will serve as a sponsor. At the event, attendees will learn about the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and how their organization can plan for new requirements, including wellness or preventative health strategies. Cobb2020 will provide information on its initiatives and provide toolkits businesses can use to implement to prevention activities and worksite wellness policies. Additionally, Dr. Jack Kennedy, Cobb2020 vice chair and District Health Director for Cobb & Douglas Public Health, will be featured as a panelist and address the importance of integrating wellness initiatives into the workplace.

Radio Disney TRYathlon Event at Kennesaw State University’s Owl ‘o Ween Event, Saturday, Oct. 26, 4-11 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

Cobb2020 will sponsor a booth at the event to educate parents and families on simple and fun ways to make healthy lifestyle changes, offer health resources and tips. We will also get kids moving with hands-on activities including a hula hoop contest.

“Over the past year, we have made great progress in developing our partnerships and health initiatives to promote healthier lifestyles and better access to health and prevention services within the community, says Kennedy. “Participating in active, inclusive and educational events such as the Cobb Chamber Health Care Summit and the Radio Disney TRYathlon/KSU Owl ‘o Ween event, are a great way to celebrate our accomplishments, our future plans and engage the overall community in our efforts to make Cobb County a healthier place to live.”

About the Cobb2020 Health Improvement Initiative

The Cobb2020 Health Improvement Initiative is a partnership of community organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and the delivery of essential health services in Cobb County. Together, through a strategic process called Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), Cobb2020 has assessed the current health status of the County and is developing a Health Improvement Plan that will help create significant changes in building a healthier community. Supported by a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the goal is to create a healthier community by making healthy living easier and more affordable where people live, work, learn and play.