Choose to Move!

Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity can help:

  • Control weight
  • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and
    metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Improve mental health and mood
  • Improve ability to do daily activities
    and prevent falls in older adults
  • Increase chances of living longer
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Physical Activity
 

Heart CheckupNationwide, reports are suggesting that for the first time ever, as a result of rising obesity rates, children may not outlive their parents. Here in Cobb County, the obesity rate is 12% for our youth and nearly 24% for adults. This is a health risk that affects people of every age, race and economic status.

These factors clearly indicate that there is work to be done when it comes to Cobb County’s community health. It’s up to each of us: leaders, employers, moms, dads and kids, to take ownership of this issue and start making changes.

  • Georgia’s obesity rate doubled from 1991-98 and is nearly twice the national average.
  • Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
  • Since 1980, obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
  • There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity among US children and adolescents.
  • Hispanic boys are more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boy.
  • Non-Hispanic black girls are significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.
 
  • Increase physical activity – See how many
    calories you can burn through exercise
    with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’
    Complete Food and Nutrition Guide.

Calories Burned Per Hour

Physical Activity
120 lbs
170 lbs
Basketball
330
460
Bicycling (10 mph)
220
310
Bowling
165
230
Hiking
330
460
Horseback riding
220
310
Jogging
385
540
Mowing lawn
300
425
Running (10 mph)
880
1,230
Swimming
330
460
Walking briskly
220
310
Weight training
165
230
 

Walk, ride and play in Cobb County with these free
or low-cost activities for you and your family.

  • Sign up to receive the Recreation Cobb e-News .
  • Go swimming! Cobb provides four indoor aquatic
    centers
    that are open year-round and outdoor seasonal
    pools at two locations. Classes are designed for children
    6 months of age to adults of all ages.
  • Tennis anyone? Cobb has 122 tennis
    courts
    located throughout the county with
    programs offered for all levels.
  • Take a bike ride on the Silver Comet Trail, with
    12.8 scenic miles of paved trail in Cobb County.
  • Start your kids out on the right foot with
    Cobb County’s “Toddler Time
    events for ages
    2-4 at Cobb County Parks. Cost $2 per child.
  • Scouts – come dressed for the outdoors
    and get ready to have fun!
    Cobb County Parks
    & Recreation’s Natural Resource Management
    Unit offers
    Girl/Boy Scout Badge Workshops
    including hikes in the great outdoors.
  • Experience Cobb County Parks & Recreation’s
    nature education programs
    for kids from pre-k through
    middle school – year round at Heritage Park, Wright
    Environmental Education Center, Cato Park or Stout Park.
  • If you’re 50 or older, join WellStar’s The Good
    Life Club
     
    and start learning how to live better, be
    healthier, make new friends and stay active through
    classes, screenings, day trips, and travel opportunities.
    Cost: $12/year.

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