Group calls for healthier Cobb in New Year
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DEAR EDITOR:

Cobb2020 is a community-based organization with a clear mission to reduce and prevent chronic disease including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer in Cobb County. In 2014, it is challenging every Cobb County resident to move more and to eat a healthier diet.

Its reasoning is clear. According to a 2011 Cobb Community Health Assessment, 58 percent of Cobb County adults are considered overweight or obese and nearly 36 percent of our youth are too. Obesity and inactive lifestyles are two of the root causes of heart disease, stroke and some cancers. These health issues can be avoided or reduced by making healthier choices.

Cobb2020 will be encouraging more physical activity through various efforts such as New Year’s Health Pledges in January, “Cobb Walks” in February and “Partners in Health” in April. It will also be working with Marietta City Schools and the Cobb County School District to encourage our children to play or exercise at least an hour a day before or after school throughout the year.

In addition, Cobb 2020 is working to increase our resident’s access to more affordable community-based health services such as Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Cobb’s expanded services, the City of Marietta’s “Live Well Marietta” programs, and Cobb County Government’s new Senior Wellness Center and Health Clinic on Powder Springs Road.

Every resident has the opportunity to join this movement and we challenge each of you to move more and to eat healthier in 2014. Visit Cobb2020.com to pledge for a healthier Cobb County.

A healthier Cobb starts with you!

Gordon O’Neill

Cobb2020
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