Over 37% of adults in Cobb and Douglas counties are obese or overweight1, with 29% of our children falling outside of the healthy fitness zone1. Preventable forms of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease continue to be among the leading causes of death for both Counties. These statistics can be improved by switching to a healthy lifestyle, including eating healthier and increasing physical activity. Even small changes can make a big difference.
Get healthy now for a longer, happier life for you and your family!
A Healthier Lifestyle for Your Child Begins with You
To be healthy, kids need one hour of physical activity every day. Here are some ways you can help!
Four Things You Can Do to Get Your Kids Moving
- Encourage them to walk fast, run, dance, jump rope, ride a bike, skate, swim, and play physical games like basketball with neighborhood friends.
- Inspire them to participate in school-sponsored or extracurricular sports.
- Plan family outings on the weekends, such as hiking or riding a bike together at a local park or walking path.
- Take a walk together. Sharing Spaces for Health works with local partners to offer free, accessible walking tracks and playgrounds to the Cobb community. Find locations here.
Did you know?
Childhood obesity is a nationwide epidemic, with over 900,000 children in Georgia alone reported as being overweight or obese. This puts children at risk for cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, pre-diabetes, and more health problems later in life.
Implement a Healthy Lifestyle for Yourself
From 2011-2015, one of the top causes of death in Cobb and Douglas counties was heart disease². One way to reduce obesity and lower your risk of heart disease is by eating healthy foods and avoiding those that are high in saturated and trans-fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt.
Making Healthy Food Choices
Healthy eating includes:
- A variety of vegetables from all subgroups—dark green, blue, purple, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other vegetables
- Fruits, especially whole fruits
- Grains, half of which are whole grains
- Plant oils, such as olive, canola, peanut, soy, and sunflower seed oil
- Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
- A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes, and nuts, seeds and soy products
This message is brought to you by Cobb & Douglas Public Health.