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Sharing Spaces for Health is a part of the Childhood Obesity Initiative, funded by Healthcare Georgia Foundation and supported by Cobb2020. The goal of this initiative is to offer more quality opportunities for physical activity in order to reverse the trend of childhood obesity in Cobb County.

Sharing Spaces encourages its community partners to offer public access to their facilities so that kids, teens and their families can get more physically active in their own neighborhoods. Our partners include schools, faith-based organizations, businesses and nonprofits that open all or part of their indoor or outdoor health facilities, such as gyms, parks, greenspace and more, free of charge to the community.

Know a great space near you that you would like to become a Sharing Spaces partner? Email us at and let us know. We are happy to reach out to them!


Childhood obesity is a nationwide epidemic, with over 900,000 children in Georgia alone reported as being overweight or obese. If not addressed, this problem puts children at risk for cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, pre-diabetes, and more health problems later in life. By helping to provide safe, accessible and affordable places to exercise and play, Sharing Spaces for Health and its partners can help reduce the obesity rate in our community and facilitate healthier habits. The program invites schools, faith-based organizations, businesses and nonprofits to open all or part of their facilities so that together we can create new opportunities to be physically active. The concept is simple and powerful: let’s share resources to get our communities healthier and reverse the alarming rate of childhood obesity.

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Sharing Spaces Partner Location Shared Space
Cumberland Mall

1000 Cumberland Mall,
Atlanta, GA 30339

Indoor mall area. One lap around both floors of the shopping center is 1 mile!

  • Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Powder Springs 4330 North Avenue
Powder Springs, GA 30127

Indoor walking track

  • Monday: 7:00 a.m. - Noon; 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - Noon; 2:00 - 5:00 p.m
  • Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - Noon
McCleskey East Cobb Family YMCA 1055 East Piedmont Road
Marietta, GA 30062

Outdoor walking track 

  • Monday: 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Mount Paran North Church of God 1700 Allgood Rd NE,
Marietta, GA 30062

Playground

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Town Center at Cobb 400 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144

One lap around both floors of the shopping center is 1.5 miles!

  • Monday - Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
* Normal hours of operation for community recreational use may vary to ensure such use does not interfere with organizational programs and events.

Become a Sharing Spaces Partner

We are in need of more organizations and businesses to support our efforts and become a Sharing Spaces partner. If your organization has a basketball court, athletic field, pool, playground, weight room, track or other facilities, and you are willing to share that space with the community to improve our overall health, sign up to be a Sharing Spaces partner!


Benefits Include:

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  • Flexibility! You choose the indoor and/or outdoor space and specify what hours it will be open to the community.
  • Free signage showing that you are a Sharing Spaces partner and dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.
  • Promotion via a press release to local media announcing the partnership and your support of Sharing Spaces.
  • Recognition on www.Cobb2020.com.
  • Program content for your own use—share the importance of the message and your involvement on your own website, newsletters and on social media.
  • Exposure of your organization and its mission to more community members.

Get Started    Joint-Use Agreement Partners

Our partners participate via an open declaration allowing the public to use your facilities’ indoor and/or outdoor areas at designated times. The partners listed above have signed open declarations. Another way to participate as a Sharing Spaces partner is via a joint-use agreement. This acts as a memorandum between two or more entities to share an indoor or outdoor space for free or at a low cost. In this case, partners, such as a school, government facility, church or private organization, share amongst each other a space like a gymnasium, field or playground.

If your facility would be willing to support our efforts to promote physical activity in the Cobb community, please contact us at today and help us fight childhood obesity.

To learn more about our program, please view our partner presentation.

For a print-friendly version of this information, download our Sharing Spaces Brochure

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The Childhood Obesity Prevention Program is funded by a grant from Healthcare Georgia Foundation (Foundation). Created in 1999 as an independent private foundation, the Foundation's mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities

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Let's Move Cobb!

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The Fall 2016 Let's Move campaign is underway! Sign up and get your team together for the Walk Cobb challenge!

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Take Steps Toward a Healthier You!

Join the Walk Georgia initiative now and get moving! #LetsMoveCobb

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WHAT:  Want a fun and community-oriented way to increase physical activity and make a commitment to your health? Then fall into step and join the Cobb 2020 Walk Cobb Challenge as we gear up for a 10 week program running October 1st – December 10th, 2016. The Cobb 2020 Walk Cobb Challenge is a part of the Walk Georgia program sponsored by the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension.

Walk Georgia is not just a walking program. There are currently 80 different activities to choose from. Participants will track their weekly physical activities online through the Walk Georgia website or app and the recorded activities are translated into “walked” miles. As miles are accumulated, participants will be able to unlock fun facts and information about the counties as they navigate across the state’s virtual map and “walk” Georgia. The site also provides recipes, fitness tips, resources and events.  

WHEN: October 1 - December 10, 2016
WHY: Join in the fun and have your team win the Cobb County Golden Sneaker Award! Join us on social media to stay motivated and learn about new incentives.
HOW:

Get started with our How-To Guide, and check out these Walk/Run events and Shared Spaces for Health in your community! Don't forget to spread the word with our Walk Cobb flyer.

Walk Georgia. Move more. Live more. University of Georgia Extension invites you to increase your physical activity level in a fun, community-oriented way. Registration for this free program is open. To learn more, please visit www.walkgeorgia.org.

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Share Your Story

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School Wellness Councils

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The Stories of Our Healthy Schools
Healthy kids have higher attendance rates, higher test scores and behave better in class. Tens of thousands of schools nationwide are using our Healthy Schools Program to make this the norm at school. This is their story.

 

My Healthier Generation Starts With You!

A school wellness council is a group of usually 6 -12 individuals that are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the students and staff at their school. Councils coordinate efforts and programs that exist in a school's district and identify other health needs that should be addressed with future programs.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reauthorized the Child Nutrition/School Meals Program in 2004, they required all districts to create a school wellness policy. This wellness policy must address:

  • Goals for nutrition education, physical activity and wellness activities
  • Nutrition guidelines for all foods available on school grounds
  • Meeting requirements for reimbursable meals
  • Plans for measuring implementation, including naming a person responsible for overseeing the policy
  • Parent/student involvement (wellness councils)

Cobb2020 is excited to partner with the following schools and their wellness councils to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity for the kids of Cobb County:

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 School Wellness Councils' Success!

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  • Cobb2020 is excited to announce that Smyrna Elementary School is a recipient of the Georgia SHAPE grant! SHAPE is committed to improving the health of our young people by offering assistance and opportunity to achieve a greater level of overall fitness.
  • The Mableton Elementary School Wellness Council is underway with Cobb2020! The council is working hard to make sure that the students and their families are building a healthier community for all.
  • In November 2015, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) hosted wellness training for staff from six Cobb County schools including Smitha Middle School, Russell Elementary, Smyrna Elementary, Floyd Middle School, Cheatham Hill Elementary, and Mableton Elementary.

Atlanta – Nov. 13, 2015 - Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) hosted wellness training for staff from six Cobb County schools including Smitha Middle School, Russell Elementary, Smyrna Elementary, Floyd Middle School, Cheatham Hill Elementary, and Mableton Elementary. These six schools receive funding from CDPH through the Healthcare Georgia Foundation Grant to enact wellness related activities. Each school utilizes the Alliance for Healthier Generation’s tools to track and monitor their wellness goals. Activities include promoting wellness to faculty and students, enacting and enforcing school health policies, providing health education, ensuring school’s food and beverages meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Smart Snacks in Schools’ standards, and ensuring physical education and/or activity are available.

The training was conducted by Lee Ann Else of HealthMPowers, who will continue to work closely with CDPH. Each school was represented by one or two faculty members from their respective wellness council. In the training, schools were able to network and share their successes and barriers. All schools have been hugely successful in completing many of their goals and changing their culture and environment. Staff also examined the relationship between health and education outcomes, learned about Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) change and how to apply PSE to their wellness efforts, and learned how to re-assess their school’s needs using the School Health Index. Lee Ann led the staff through fun activities they can perform with their students, and she walked the group through their online Alliance tool.

Additionally, staff learned about awards and accolades that are obtainable for their schools such as the Georgia SHAPE Honor Roll and the Let’s Move Active Schools Award. CDPH and HealthMPowers will be providing each school hands-on support throughout the school year. Each school will work towards accomplishing their goals and applying for national level recognition.


Want more information on how a healthier generation starts with you? Check out this presentation and let's build a healthier future!
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The Childhood Obesity Initiative is funded by a grant from Healthcare Georgia Foundation (Foundation). Created in 1999 as an independent private foundation, the Foundation's mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.

Breathe Easy Cobb

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Our vision is that all public places and work places in Cobb County will be tobacco-free.  Our mission is to provide support for organizations and municipalities in Cobb County to become tobacco-free.

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  • Ready to quit? Call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP


 Secondhand smoke: What does it mean to you?

The Surgeon General of the United States, working with a team of leading health experts, studied how breathing secondhand smoke affects you. This booklet explains what scientists have learned about the dangers of secondhand smoke. It also tells you how to protect yourself and your family.

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The 2006 Surgeon General's report has new information on about how breathing secondhand smoke hurts your health. You can find more information about this report by going to the Surgeon General's website at www.surgeongeneral.gov. More information is also available by going to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/tobacco 


Share Your Story with Cobb2020!

Do you have a story to share about your experience with secondhand smoke? Do you or someone you know work in a place where you are exposed to secondhand smoke and your health has suffered as a result? Do you or someone you know suffer from emphysema, heart disease or cancer because of exposure to secondhand smoke? Were you or a someone you know exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy, and have a child born with low birth weight? Is the city where you live or work a place where smoking is still allowed in bars, restaurants, and other workplaces and feel it affects your health?

Whatever your experience is, Cobb2020's Breathe Easy wants to hear it and share it with others on our website. Join in our advocacy efforts to make smoke-free workplaces and public places for everyone a reality in Cobb County. 


 


 

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