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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.

Ticket Discounts for Family Block Party 2014

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Don’t miss your chance for discounted tickets to Atlanta Parent Magazine’s Family Block Party on October 11. Buy one ticket, get one FREE online though September 30 when you use the promo code EC2014.

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Atlanta Parents Launch KidsLink to Provide Moms a Secure Way to Organize and Share Her World

KidsLink, an innovative app allowing moms to organize their children’s important information, milestones and memories with the swipe of a finger, is now available for iPhones in the iTunes App Store after successful beta and pilot testing.  The app, created by Atlanta-based parents and entrepreneurs, provides moms with a secure storyboard and vault for each child that can be kept private or shared with select caregivers, family and friends.

Founded on the premise that the job of being Mom is one of the toughest to manage in the world, but the most under-serviced from a technology solution standpoint, KidsLink combines the best of a trusted social network with a highly secure filing system via three key features: the Stream, Vault and Storyboard.  Through the Stream, moms can privately connect and seek advice from their close and trusted family and friends.  The Storyboard auto-scrapbooks every child’s moments and organizes them chronologically, making the need to weed through photos and recall dates obsolete, while the Vault is a secure place to keep all important information for easy access, such as art, insurance cards and immunization records.  Vault files can be shared with family, caregivers and healthcare providers as needed.

In a pilot program of 2,500 moms in select Atlanta preschools, moms raved about how the app gave them immediate access to information without having to dig through piles of paperwork, eliminated “baby book guilt” and allowed them to share special moments privately.

“The ability to easily chronicle my son’s life absolves my never-ending mom guilt for not keeping up with his baby book,” said iTunes user Tigscloset.  “Love the safety/privacy, and the document vault is a lifesaver.  Awesome all around.”

“With a combined 23 children among our team, plus our network of thousands of moms who have provided us with invaluable input along the way, we know moms need ONE app to provide everything they need to organize their children’s worlds,” said Chris Morocco, CEO of KidsLink.  “Further, many of today’s moms are concerned with how to preserve their children’s digital legacies – the online footprint that we create for our children with public posts about them.  KidsLink provides a secure alternative by allowing moms to document and share their children’s special moments with a small, trusted circle of friends.”

Atlanta’s Piedmont Healthcare has partnered with KidsLink to help moms keep track of health records and receive immediate health alert notifications, ensuring that they never miss a child’s wellness visit, a breaking public health issue, etc.

“We are always looking for ways to make wellness a top priority for our community and patients,” said Matt Gove, chief marketing officer for Piedmont Healthcare.  “What I love about KidsLink is that it’s a lifestyle app that integrates health and wellness, giving us the opportunity to reach mom with vital information and help keep her children’s health at her fingertips.”

KidsLink is by invitation-only.  Click here to request an invite, which can be redeemed in the iTunes App Store.  Visit mykidslink.com for details.

 

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Touch-a-truck this Saturday at Town Center

Join Cobb Safety Village from 10am-4 pm on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Town Center at Cobb parking lot between JCPenney & Belk for the 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck event to benefit the Cobb County Safety Village. Family-friendly, fun and educational event for kids of all ages. Come explore police cars, SWAT trucks, fire engines, heavy construction vehicles, military vehicles, police helicopter and more. Great picture opportunity for the family too. $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per family. All proceeds to benefit the Cobb County Safety Village. For more information, please call 770-852-3270 or visit www.cobbcounty.org/safetyvillage.

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

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)

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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