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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

Additional Resources:


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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Breathe Easy is a public health initiative of Cobb2020 that seeks to educate the community and raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke.

GOAL: To protect residents from exposure to secondhand smoke

While the Georgia Smoke Free Air Act of 2005 prohibits smoking in most public areas, there are exceptions that still allow for the exposure to secondhand smoke.  The Air Act does, however, grant local authorities to pass more restrictive laws, rules and regulations. This means that Cobb County has the potential and the responsibility to go completely smoke-free.

Our mission is to provide support and education for cities and businesses in Cobb to become smoke-free so that we can build healthier, more productive communities. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in Georgia. Each year, 1,500 adult nonsmoking Georgians die from secondhand smoke.1

 

 

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Secondhand Smoke – Did You Know?

The Next Step: Ending Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Cobb County

In an effort to make Cobb County smoke-free, Breathe Easy worked with the city of Kennesaw to successfully remove smoking areas from cemeteries and city parks in 2014, effectively making Kennesaw’s 130 acres of public parks smoke free. The coalition is currently leading an education campaign on secondhand smoke starting with the largest city and county seat, Marietta, which we hope to expand city-by-city to all other Cobb areas. The purpose of the campaign is to bring awareness to the fact that no amount of secondhand smoke is safe.

Comprehensive smoke-free laws eliminate indoor smoking of all tobacco products. The Georgia counties that have this protection rank in the top 10 for overall health, yet they only make up 2.4% of Georgia.10 This means a large portion of the population is still being exposed, including the City of Marietta, which is the fourth largest city in Metro Atlanta.


Studies and Tests in Marietta

With the help of its partners, Cobb2020’s Breathe Easy has conducted three recent studies in the city of Marietta:

Focus groups and key interviews taken at five different locations tounderstand perceptions of support for smoke-free policies. Surveys taken at a community event by 309 individuals who reside in Marietta to investigate where individuals were exposed to secondhand smoke, the areas where they agreed smoking should or should not be allowed, and perspectives on how harmful secondhand smoke is. Indoor air quality monitoring study to determine the difference in air quality between indoor smoking and non-smoking environments, where 16 locations (both smoking and smoke-free) were tested.
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Get Engaged with the Movement

  • If you own or operate a business, declare it smoke-free! We will even provide you with free signage to tell your  customers that your establishment is safe from secondhand smoke exposure.
  • You can contact your Marietta city council member or Cobb County commissioner.
  • Have you been affected by exposure to secondhand smoke? Send us your story or a testimonial and we will be glad to share it on our website.
  • Get support to help you quit smoking (see below)
  • To report a smoking complaint please call Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-432-7937


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Need Help to Quit Smoking?

Georgia Tobacco Quit Line
English: 1-877-270-STOP (877-270-7867)
Spanish: 1-877-2NO FUME (877-266-3863)
Hearing Impaired: 1-877-777-6534

Improve your chances of quitting by 50%. This free and confidential 24-hour service provides counseling, a resource library, replacement therapy, and support and referral services for tobacco users ages 13 and older. Callers have the opportunity to speak with health care professionals who develop a unique plan for each individual.

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Upcoming Breathe Easy Events

  • This section will be updated with event information as we plan them throughout the year

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If you’re interested in learning more about the Breathe Easy program
or how you can help, please contact us at

 

Breathe Easy Partners
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  1. Georgia Department of Public Health. (2014). The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke. Georgia Gov. Retrieved from https://dph.georgia.gov/dangers-secondhand-smoke
  2. Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC. (2009). State Specific Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5844a3.htm
  3. Chandora, Whitney, Weaver, Eriksen. Changes in Georgia Restaurant and Bar Smoking Policies From 2006 to 2012. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd12.140520
  4. https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/secondhandsmoke/secondhandsmoke.pdf
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  6. https://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/secondhandsmoke/executivesummary.pdf
  7. Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC. (2016). Smokefree Policies Improve Air Quality in Hospitality Settings. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/protection/air_quality/
  8. American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. (2010). Environmental Tobacco Smoke. Retrieved from https://www.ashrae.org/File%20Library/docLib/About%20Us/PositionDocuments/ASHRAE_PD_Environmental_Tobacco_Smoke_2016.pdf
  9. Coughlin, Anderson, Smith. (2015). Legislative smoking bans for reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and smoking prevalence: Opportunities for Georgians. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association Retrieved from  https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/109a7b_4d3488d975f34d468e7018ade1361f5d.pdf
  10. Center's for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016).  Southeastern states not protected by comprehensive smoke-free laws. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0623-smoke-free-laws.html