Cobb2020 Voice

August: Sharing Spaces Launches to Make Cobb County More Active

Active Living

Cobb2020 is calling on its community to become a part of its newest initiative, Sharing Spaces for Health!

Also known as "shared use" – also called "joint use" or "community use" – occurs when government entities, or sometimes private, nonprofit organizations, agree to open access to their facilities for community use. These locations provide safe, accessible, and affordable places for children and their families to exercise and play. The concept is simple: share resources to keep costs down and communities healthy.

By working together and forging joint solutions, physical activity, parks and recreation, transportation, business, and education advocates can transform neighborhoods and improve physical activity environments for children and adults.

Do you have a facility you would be willing to share to support our efforts in reducing childhood obesity? Do you run a program at low/no cost which needs a location?
Contact us at and we would love to partner with you!


Breathe Easy Cobb
The Council of The City of Kennesaw will vote on an ordinance on August 18, 2014 determining the use of tobacco products in public parks and public cemeteries. Passage of this ordinance is important for the citizens of Kennesaw and those who visit the city's park and outdoor spaces as it will remove sources of second-hand smoke. Countless sources and research has established that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, including the vapor of e-cigarettes.

To be involved and have your voice count, Cobb2020 encourages residents of Kennesaw and visitors alike to push a vote for this ordinance at the City Council meeting. The City Council Town Hall Meeting will be held on August 18 at 6 p.m. at the Community Center.

Tobbaco prevention and education is a big part of Cobb2020's Breathe Easy Cobb initiative that aims to provide support for organizations and municipalities in Cobb County to become tobacco-free.

Want to learn more about Cobb2020's Breathe Easy Campaign? Contact us at

Choose Healthy Eating
Kids will be hungry after a whole day's worth of learning! Keep their energy up after school with some great healthy snacks before they go outside to play!

Peanut Butter Spirals
1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
1/3 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 ripe bananas, sliced
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
2 tablespoons honey-crunch wheat germ
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Combine peanut butter and yogurt, stirring until smooth. Drizzle orange juice over bananas; toss gently to coat.
Spread about 3 tablespoons peanut butter mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange about 1/3 cup banana slices in a single layer over peanut butter mixture. Combine wheat germ and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over banana slices. Roll up. Slice each roll into 6 pieces.

Do you have a favorite healthy recipe? Share with us at or tell us on our Facebook page!

Cobb2020 Success Story

Thanks to funds from the Community Transformation Grant, Ser Familia, Inc. was able to bring two master trainers from Iowa State University to certify 20 new facilitators for the Strengthening Families 10-14 Program. Strengthening Families 10-14 is a best practices program that has  demonstrated to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn effective parenting skills.

Ser Familia's mission is to strengthen, revitalize, and equip Latino youth, couples, parents and families through educational programs that teach improved life, leadership and communication skills; empowering participants to thrive and enjoy a healthy family environment. An amazing group of 163 volunteers donate more than 15,000 hours every year to make over 72 programmatic events possible. Ser Familia, Inc. serves 2,800 + clients yearly.

To find out more information on Ser Familia, visit


Upcoming Health Events

Program Palooza
August 9
Ben Robertson Community Center, Kennesaw
10 a.m.

Farm Fresh Market: Food and Nutrition Classes
August 14, 21 and 28
South Cobb Health Department, Austell
11 a.m.

Outdoor Adventure Festival
August 16
Cobb County Corps Property (Allatoona Creek Trails), Acworth
9 a.m.

Celebrate Freedom 5K
August 30
Jim R Miller Park, Marietta
6 a.m.

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 .

The Cobb2020 Health Improvement Initiative is made possible by the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) funded from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).