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Moms and dads from East Cobb talk about issues that are important to families. Family-friendly events are also featured. Join in and share.

Walton Grad Creates Babysitting Biz

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Since becoming a swim instructor and camp counselor, Walton School grad Ashkon Ashjazadeh discovered how much he enjoyed working with children. Ash is now available to care for children! Local, energetic, and uplifting, Ash aims to be the most positively influential sitter for all the children he cares for. Activities like sports, reading , puzzles, and even yoga are just a few tools he uses to entertain and enrich. So if you are looking for a “manny”, need some after-school care or a date-night sitter call Ash at (404)-904-2825. Red Cross First Aid/CPR Certified . References available.

 

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Cobb’s kids get moving: Local schools among top in nation in campaign to end childhood obesity Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb s kids get moving Local schools among top in nation in campaign to end childhood obesity

When students enter the physical education class of Theresa Collins at Mt. Bethel Elementary School, they literally jump for joy at the variety of fun physical exercises they get to do. Above: Second-graders Thomas Callahan, Addison Oakes and Chaney Lowden use the pogo sticks. Staff-Kelly J. Huff Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb s kids get moving Local schools among top in nation in campaign to end childhood obesity

 

Schools in Cobb County are doing their part to fight childhood obesity and enhance their physical education classes, and three have received accolades by the campaign started by first lady Michelle Obama.

Bells Ferry, Smyrna and Mountain View elementary schools have been named National Recognition Award winners by the “Let’s Move!” campaign to end child obesity. About 700 schools were recognized nationally, with 53 of them in Georgia.

Mountain View PE teacher Brian Devore credits the school’s active Parent Teacher Association’s Health and Wellness Committee being instrumental in “a total team effort here at Mountain View.”

Devore, who has taught physical education for 25 years, seven of them at Mountain View, said the school already had a quality PE program before registering for “Let’s Move!” in 2012.

“We try our best to bring new things to our students,” Devore said. “It’s not the same thing every day.”

Students at Mountain View aren’t always confined to their desks during class, getting up to exercise for a few minutes in between lessons for “brain breaks.”

A before-school program called “Morning Milers” has taken off at Mountain View in recent years. Students can walk or jog around the track before school while the teachers tie in geography and math by tallying how many miles the school walks as a group.

Devore has started to incorporate a children’s version of CrossFit workouts into his classes, teaching students teamwork and different ways to exercise.

“We want our kids to leave elementary school having the basic skills so they feel comfortable picking up any activity,” Devore said.

A former Mountain View student who is now in middle school sent Devore a note thanking him recently.

“He said he appreciated us giving him so many opportunities he was given to work hard in PE,” Devore said, “and said all the kids from Mountain View blow the other kids out of the water in PE.”

Schools don’t necessarily need to register for “Just Move!” to offer a higher quality of physical education. The gym at Mt. Bethel Elementary is decked out with pogo sticks, unicycles, aerobic step boxes and a rock-climbing wall.

“Our program has evolved over the years,” Mt. Bethel PE teacher Theresa Collins said.

Pogo sticks were introduced last spring and are for grades two and up, though Collins thinks some of the first-graders might be heavy enough to try it this spring.

Students can go from station to station trying out different skills from bowling to hula-hoops.

“That way we can handle more children and they can practice their skills,” Collins said.

The gym also has a power bar students can climb using their upper bodies, in addition to basketball and cornhole games.

“We like to appeal to everybody, not just the athletes,” Collins said.

Like Mountain View, Mt. Bethel offers physical activities before school.

“When they get to school, they can report straight to the gym,” Principal Jessica Appleyard said. “Kids can go on days they don’t have PE.”

Morning clubs include jump rope, baton twirl, gymnastics and unicycle, which is only offered before school.

“It’s fun and engaging, but there’s a true purpose to it,” Appleyard said. “We’re a high-performing school.”

Cobb County requires 90 hours of health and physical education combined annually, which is 100 minutes of physical education per week and 50 minutes of health education per week.

Cobb middle schools are only required to make PE class available. Health is taught in a separate class in six of Cobb’s middle schools, while the other schools merge health with their PE classes.

Cobb high schools require several semesters in health and personal fitness for graduation.

“We still have an issue with childhood obesity,” said Lisa Crossman, director of the Center for Clinical and Prevention Services for Cobb and Douglas Public Health. “We’re still concerned about it.”

In 2012, 24 percent of Cobb County children were obese.

“The dial doesn’t move dramatically,” Crossman said. “You don’t usually see sweeping adjustments in some years with a lifestyle issue.”

Crossman cited Cobb 2020, which offers programs dedicated to improving lifestyles, and “Power Up for 30,” a youth fitness campaign in Georgia that aims to add 30 additional minutes of physical activity to a child’s day.

“I’m so impressed, in the last year, of our schools that have really taken to this goal of reducing childhood obesity to heart,” Crossman said.

(Reprinted from the Marietta Daily Journal. Written by by Aimee Sachs, September 14, 2014. Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb s kids get moving Local schools among top in nation in campaign to end childhood obesity)

YOU MAKE THE NEWS

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This isn’t about us; it’s about you—the people of East Cobb County. Everybody has a story, and we want to hear yours. If you know of a person, group, or event that should be featured in the pages of or event that should be featured in the pages of the EAST COBBER for any reason, please call 770-640-7070 or e-mail editor@eastcobber.com to let us know.

 

 

 

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Calling all Parade goers! Show us your photos!

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Brooks Leebow enjoying the 2013 EAST COBBER Parade. Photo submitted by Josh Leebow.

Show us what a good time you had at this year’s Parade & Festival! Send your Parade & Festival photos to cynthia@eastcobber.com – you could be our next Photo of the Day!

Thanks for supporting the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival!

Visit our 2014 Parade & Festival Guide for all you need to know about this year’s event!

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details click HERE!

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Two days until the Parade! Don’t forget your candy bag!

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EAST COBBER Parade watchers are reminded to bring an empty bag so you can fill it with the candy thrown from just about every parade entry! No wonder some kids call it “the candy parade!”

 

Visit our 2014 Parade & Festival Guide for all you need to know about this year’s event!

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details click HERE!

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

The Cobb County Public Library System joins the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide in encouraging everyone to get a free library card. Library cards are free for Cobb residents, business owners and property owners.

For more information on CCPLS library cards www.cobbcat.org.

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Cherokee Zombie Fest is October 4

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The Cherokee Zombie Fest 2014 will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 5pm to 9pm in Historic Downtown Canton, GA.  Entrance is only a $5.00 donation.  Activities include bands, food trucks and a variety of vendors, Zombie Response Unit Vehicle Show, Zombie Motorcycle Ride, ‘Left4Dead2’ gaming tournament, Little Zombie Kids Zone, Zombie movies at the Historic Theater, costume and brain eating contests and much more!  Go to www.CherokeeZombieFest.com for all the details.  All proceeds benefit the Cherokee FOCUS non-profit.  Family fun for all!  You’ll die if you miss it! 

 

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Don’t miss Sunday Funday at East Cobb Park!

Calling all families and friends! Friends for the East Cobb Park invite you to Sunday Funday in September.

Bring a chairs, blankets and a picnic, if you wish, to enjoy activities for children.

Additional parking is available at Fuller’s Park. If possible, please consider walking, biking or carpooling to the park. For your own safety as well as the safety of others, please don’t park along Roswell Road.

 

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Check out our 2014 Guide to the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival!

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Click HERE to visit our 2014 Parade & Festival Guide for all you need to know about this year’s event!

The 19th annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 13. The day’s festivities will be kicked off by the EAST COBBER Parade at 10am. Immediately following the EAST COBBER Parade, at approximately 11am, the EAST COBBER Festival will be held in the Fountains of Olde Towne shopping center (736 Johnson Ferry Road) parking lot.

Visit our 2014 Parade & Festival Guide for all you need to know about this year’s event!

Don’t miss the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 13! For Parade and Festival details click HERE!

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Who’s on our September cover? Capt. Jerry Quan, Cobb County Police Department

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Pictured on our front cover this month is Captain Jerry Quan, Commander of Precinct Four which serves and protects the citizens of East Cobb County. Captain Quan oversees 65 police officers, detectives and administrative staff.

In addition to managing the day-today operations of a police precinct, Capt. Quan often spends his off-duty time catching a coffee with East Cobbers, directing traffic at local schools and/or providing security at special events throughout East Cobb, in particular, the EAST COBBER Parade & Festival. For the past 10 years, Capt. Quan has been the security guard from 11pm – 7am at the Fountains of Olde Towne shopping center making sure no one vandalizes the temporary EAST COBBER Festival site. As is our philosophy here at the EAST COBBER, we showcase good people doing good in our community and so, it is fitting to feature Capt. Quan on the September front cover – especially since this issue promotes the annual EAST COBBER Parade & Festival. Quan has been behind-thescenes ensuring the success of East Cobb’s biggest special event.

Quan was born and raised in South Cobb County. In 1989, after a stint in the Marines, Quan became a Cobb County police officer. Before becoming head of Precinct Four, he was the Commander for Precinct One for 5 years.

“The best part of my job is interacting with people,” says Capt. Quan.

Quan lives in East Cobb with his wife, Lydia, and stepson, Ryan, age 10. He also has a daughter, Jenny, 23.

Cover photo taken by Michael Drewitz of Michael’s Photography.

 

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