May Brings Farm Fresh and Tons of Healthy Activities

Farmer's Markets Open, Walk Cobb Participants Break Fall's Mileage by 5,000 Miles!

Choose Healthy Eating

We are proud to announce the launch of our Farm Fresh Market starting May 5, 2014.

Cobb2020 strives to give the residents of Cobb County tools and resources to enhance their lives in a healthy way.

Funded by the CDC Community Transformation Grant, our Farm Fresh Market aims to provide our residents better access to low cost fruits and vegetables.

The market's pilot will initially serve the Austell-Six Flags Drive area, or specifically zip code 30168. The market will be available three times a week, in various locations around Austell, through partnership with the YMCA and Cobb2020.

Stay tuned for more details and if you want to help, contact Cobb2020 at

Mableton Farmer's Market opens in May and will be open through September.

The We Can! in Cobb Coalition also received a mini grant from Cobb & Douglas Public Health through the CDC Community Transformation Grant (CTG). The coalition seeks to prevent and reduce obesity and improve nutrition by increasing accessibility, availability and affordability of healthy foods in the South Cobb community (specifically through the Mableton Farmer's Market).

With CTG funding, the coalition was able to help position the market to accept food stamps, train participating farmers on the SNAP program, and provide signs and tents to run the market.

Cobb and Douglas Public Health is partnering with Eat Right Atlanta to provide Cobb and Douglas Public Health employees, clients and neighboring county offices with access to fresh fruits and vegetables during a fruit and vegetable outdoor market pilot.Eat Right Atlanta

Eat Right Atlanta sells full bags of fruits and vegetables for the same price every week.

You'll always get 10-12 different items (lettuce, sweet potatoes, apples, oranges, cucumbers and more), and it costs only $15.

The market will also have All Fruit Bags for $20 and large Family Boxes for $25. Or you can "Make your own Bag" by picking any 5 types of fruit & any 5 types of vegetables for $20.

Dates: Fridays (last day will be June 27)
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Marietta Public Health Center, 1650 County Services Parkway, Marietta

Breathe Easier: Choose Healthy Lungs

Cobb2020 is launching the Tobacco-Free initiative which will aim to prevent and reduce tobacco use in Cobb County. Through its work, the initiative will work to increase outdoor venues that are smoke-free and tobacco-free. It also strives to arm youth with skills to avoid the tobacco habit.

If you would like more information on Cobb2020's Tobacco-Free Initiative or want to get involved, contact us at

In March 2014, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) administered a 100% Tobacco Free Schools (TFS) Policy Enforcement assessment in Cobb County and Marietta School districts. 10 of 17 high schools were assessed on their success in enforcing the TFS policy to staff, students, parents and visitors.

A five part survey was utilized to collect and document information via: 1) Communications Policy Checklist, 2) Property Signage Observation Worksheet, 3)Athletic Event Observation Worksheet, 4) Key Personnel Interview and 5) Policy Enforcement Plan. Results from this survey were then sent to the Georgia Department of Public Health to be analyzed with other districts' results.

Choose Healthy Living

Walk Cobb came to a close on April 26, and Cobb County rallied to beat the Fall record by almost 5,000 miles! Walk Cobb made great strides with 24 teams and over 250 participants that logged in over 33,000 miles through various forms of exercise and being active.

We don't want you all to lose the momentum, so make sure to check out the Cobb2020 calendar for updates on walks, runs and community fitness classes to keep moving and staying fit!

Way to go, Cobb County!

Take Care of Your Health

It's American Stroke Month, and we want you to take care of your heart.

According to the American Heart Association, stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

Here are some things you can do to be sure you take care of your health:

  • Take the My Life Check Assessment and see how you can improve your health and reduce any chance of strokes--especially if heart disease runs in your family.
  • Cholesterol is a huge factor in leading to a stroke--watch this short video on how to lower your cholesterol and get heart healthy!

  • Do you know the signs of a stoke? Click here to learn how to recognize the signs and help save a life!

Screenings are available at healthcare providers around Cobb County. Check the event listings below and get yourself fully checked!

Upcoming Health Events

2014 We Can! Series
May 5, 12, 19
WellStar Acworth Health Park
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Biometric Health Screening
May 13
Ben Robertson Community Center
2-7 p.m.

Outdoor Workouts: Club Jam
Swift Cantrell Park
May 17
9 a.m.

Health and Fitness Fair
May 26-31
WellStar Kennestone Hospital
All day

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

Win a Free Fitbit Zip With Cobb2020

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 Win a Free Fitbit ZipTM  With Cobb2020

Get Motivated to Move

Cobb2020 is dedicated to helping you stay on track with your health commitments and we offer great tips, plans and interactive opportunities to get involved with jumpstarting a healthy lifestyle!

And, don't miss the chance to Win a Free Fitbit ZipTM with Cobb2020! From Tuesday, May 28th to Monday, June 3rd, go and "like" Cobb2020's Facebook page and post your favorite way to exercise on our wall to enter the chance to win! If you already "like" us on Facebook, just post your favorite exercise activity to enter the chance to win the Fitbit ZipTM.

The winner will be picked randomly after June 3rd and will be contacted within a week for details on how to receive the prize.

To go directly to Cobb2020's Facebook Page to enter to win during May 28th to June 3rd, click here.

HBO Documentary Series, The Weight of the Nation for Kids, to Air in May, 2013

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HBO Documentary Series, The Weight of the Nation for Kids, to Air in May, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce the release of HBO's new documentary film, The Weight of the Nation for Kids. The documentary takes a look at the issue of childhood obesity. With 31.8% of children and teens ages 2-19 now either overweight or obese, the issue has never been more urgent.

This three-part series of 30-minute films sheds light on solutions to the obesity problem at home and in school. The Weight of the Nation for Kids is a fun, family-friendly companion to the 2012 four-part documentary, The Weight of the Nation,™ which was developed by HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. The series highlighted environmental, social and genetic causes of obesity, as well as practical solutions civic leaders and organizations are taking to improve the diets and physical activity of Americans.

Now The Weight of the Nation for Kids focuses on what some kids are doing at home and in communities to make healthy changes to their diets, school menus, and every day activities.

The Cobb2020 Health Improvement Initiative is made possible with funding and collaboration from the CDC in efforts to make positive changes toward building a healthier community.

There are already some great successful health initiatives happening in our community at our schools and within Cobb's youth.

Visit for resources on how to get involved in the initiative and toolkits to kick-start positive changes for you and your family. For more information on the HBO Weight of the Nation series, visit