Healthy kids have higher attendance rates, higher test scores, and behave better in class. A school wellness council is a group, usually of 6 -12 individuals, dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the students and staff at their school. The councils coordinate efforts and programs focused on nutrition, physical activity and other health needs that benefit the wellbeing of their students and staff.

Cobb2020 has been excited to partner with the following schools and their wellness councils to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity for the youth of Cobb County: Cheatham Hill Elementary School, Floyd Middle School, Mableton Elementary School, Russell Elementary School, Smitha Middle School, Smyrna Elementary School.

For the 2015-2016 school year, three-hundred and twenty eight schools were recognized among America’s Healthiest Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Among the schools recognized, four of the Cobb2020 school wellness council partnerships received Bronze level awards: Floyd Middle School, Mableton Elementary School, Smitha Middle School, and Russell Elementary School. Additionally, Smyrna Elementary School and Smitha Middle School received Platinum level awards by the 2016 Governor’s Georgia Shape Honor Roll.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, Cobb2020 added on partnerships with two new school wellness councils with Marietta Middle School and Walton High School.

For more information regarding School Wellness Councils, contact the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention section at 770-432-7937.