Stay Active in Decatur This Weekend!

Walk, Bike, Jog……just stay active in Decatur this weekend~


Join Decatur Bikes for a no-drop ride along the PATH. Meet in the CVS Parking lot across from Decatur Bikes at 7:45 am and be ready to ride at 8 am. This is a very fun group!

City of Decatur Pools are open this weekend through Monday. Enjoy the end of the season with a refreshing swim.

Hang out at one of the great City of Decatur parks or walk your dog over to one of three dog parks in the city. 


Ride your bike to the Decatur Book Festival and leave it at the Bike Valet on N McDonough Street in front of the County Courthouse. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will have racks and volunteers ready to take good care of your bike while you walk around the festival. No need to drive and figure out where to park that  car. Join in one the Children’s Parades held at the opening of each day. 


Jog or walk on over to the Decatur Library for the Friends of the Library Book Sale on the front lawn from 9 am until 3 pm. I LOVE this sale so will probably see you there! Arrive early as the books fly off the shelves. 

Market harvest

Then head on over to the Decatur Farmer’s Market at the corner of N McDonough and Trinity to stock up on fresh grown produce, honey, and more. Support the local farmers.

Coming in from outside Decatur? Hop on MARTA and arrive at the Decatur Station, directly underneath the festival. How convenient is that? Enjoy a car-free weekend!


Our Seeds Tomorrow Ebola Panel Discussion and Relief Effort Planting Seeds by Saving Lifes…. Thursday, September 4 at Decatur Recreation Center

Panel discussion on the Ebola crisis. Discussion will center on strategies to improve the crisis in West Africa and how we can support the cause through efforts to provide supplies and advanced medical research. Neil Shulman M. D. Professor at Emory University will be a featured panelist as well as medical professionals from  institutions such as Center of Disease Control, Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Georgia Medical School , and  many others.

When: September 4, 2014

Time: 5pm-8:30pm

Location: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street  Decatur, GA 30030

For additional information contact Dazia Fumbah, Executive Director at 470-257-2600 or

Safe Routes to School and CNN!

This morning CNN came to Decatur to film one of the monthly Walk & Roll Celebrations at Oakhurst Elementary. School Champion Heather Tell did a great job getting the families out and over 300 children participated! Commissioner Patti Garrett joined in and walked with the children to school.

The program at Oakhurst Elementary continues to grow thanks to the great support of Principal Robin Fountain and all the wonderful parents in the community. Safe Routes to School in Decatur is a collaboration between the schools and the City of Decatur. It takes the whole community to make our families feel safe on the way to school. 

The pictures tell the real story!

A Walking Book Club – a follow up to the Decatur Book Festival

walkingbookclubFirst, we were pondering how to navigate the annual Decatur Book Festival this weekend. Then we began to wonder how many books and authors might have content that embraced our philosophy of active living. And then we thought about how we could capture the book festival energy long after the authors pack up and head back to their muses to labor away on the next edition. And when we googled it, the answer appeared: A walking book club (details below and credit to Marti Keller for the idea)!

For the festival, we’ve scoured the active living book titles and talk descriptions and recommend these 3 for you this weekend: 

  1. Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests: In town and Out – All within 30 miles of downtown ATL
  2. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk – She said she was going for a walk and she did 
  3. Farm Fresh Georgia - Farm tours you can do by bike, hike, horse.

Now, we just skimmed the list, so I’m sure you’ll find more books on active living topics and of course just walking around the festival itself for 3 days and frequenting all the venues in this walk friendly city will be very active living. Enjoy the talks and make a plan to swing by the cooking stage to refuel in between!

But after the festival, when you’ve rested up of course and had a chance to start a few of the new books; we leave you with our newest idea: The Walking Book Club! Gather up all your finds this weekend, pick one we should all read, announce it, and lets meet for a walk in the park to discuss it. Check out the idea here in this description from London and lets meet in October (national group reading month) to give it a try.

We’ll be happy to organize it if you all like the idea. Comments welcome.

Group Riding Skills Clinic at Decatur Recreation

Register today for the Group Riding Skills Clinic at the Decatur Recreation Center.

When:  Saturday, October 11, 9 am – 1 pm

What:    Learn bike safety, rules of the road and group riding skills from Mike Sheehan, a League Certified Instructor. 

Why:     You will feel safer while riding in a group and might even make some new bike friends!

Cost:      $34.99  

For more information and to register, click here

Healthy Monday: Fight Stress With Exercise

healthy monday headerThe rush of anxiety and pent-up energy that can result from stress is part of your body’s natural defense mechanisms. While the desire to fight or flee is helpful in emergencies, too much of this tension can negatively impact your health. Instead of bottling it up, get it out with exercise! Releasing excess energy with physical activity is a healthy way to alleviate built-up muscle tension and other symptoms.

This week, after a long day, get active and aim for moderate intensity exercise. It may seem counter intuitive, but moving more will help you relax!

For more information on the Monday Campaigns, click here.


Lifelong Decatur Third Thursday Series: Healthy Brains, Healthy Emotions

Healthy Brains, Healthy Emotions

Feeling sad, blue, blah or having lost interest in activities or pleasure in life is not a normal part of aging. Always feeling anxious and worried is also not a normal part of aging. Growing older certainly has its challenges. Living with chronic health conditions can affect the brain and as a result affect ones mood, emotions and memory. Learning how to take care of your brain and obtaining treatment when necessary can significantly improve one’s quality of life.

Lifelong Decatur’s Third Thursday series presents a discussion on this topic led by Eve Heemann Byrd, MSN, MPH, FNP.BC, Executive Director of the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression.

Can’t make it to the discussion? Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression/ Emory University’s Division of Geriatric Psychiatry provides a comprehensive continuum of geriatric “brain health” services for its patients. Call Cathy T. Rambach at 404-728-4558 or visit for more information.

For information on the Third Thursday series or to suggest future topics, contact, Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community coordinator, or 678-553-6548.

Thursday, August 21, 6:30 p.m., Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

Two Local Run/Walks This Weekend

running.wsThere are two local 5k Run/Walks this Saturday, August 23.

Bill Adams, one of our Active Living Board members, invites Decaturites to  participate in the 12th Annual Adams Realtors Run for the Park. Help them kick off the Summer Shade Festival… all proceeds will benefit the Grant Park Conservancy. For more information and to register, click here.

On Saturday evening at 7:30 PM, the Beacon of Hope Pregnancy & Relationship Resources presents the first Reflect Hope Twilight 5k Run/Walk in downtown Decatur. The event includes a 1 mile fun run. For more information and to register, click here.

Time to get your run on!!


Healthy Monday: Count on Your Community

healthy monday headerMany community centers, schools, offices, universities and places of worship offer free or low-cost classes, intramural sports and gym memberships. These resources are an excellent way to meet people, try something new and fit fun activity into your routine.   Search your local newspaper, newsletters, bulletin boards and parks guides this week for a fun event that you can add to your schedule. Try a new activity and you may discover a great way to get moving!

Check out the Playbook for very affordable classes at the Decatur Recreation Center. The Fall issue will be out early September and will feature 30+ new and returning classes including Yoga, Aerobic Exercise, Baby Boot Camp, Senior Aerobics, Zumba, Watercolor and Tea, Nia Dance, Internet for Seniors, CApoeira for Women, and much, much more.

A full listing of classes can be found here.

Take A Walk, with Doc Broc Wednesday 8/20 @10am

TakeaWalkKPKaiser Permanente and City of Decatur Invite You to “Take A Walk”

Did you know that walking just 30 minutes a day, five days a week can improve your health? Kaiser Permanente wants to help you thrive with a mid-week walk through Downtown Decatur. The health care organization is partnering with the City of Decatur for this “Take A Walk” event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Wednesday August 20 at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street in Decatur.

Take part in a warm-up led by a certified trainer at 9:45 am. Then join Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett along the scenic, one-mile route through downtown. Refreshments and giveaways will be available for walkers. You can also meet your neighborhood Kaiser Permanente doctor and pose for a “healthy” selfie with mascot, Doc Broc! Don’t miss this opportunity for a mid-week workout. Come out and “Take A Walk” with us on Wednesday!

Note: this walk will join the regularly scheduled Walk With a Doc that occurs every Wednesday at 10am in Decatur at the Recreation Center. Decatur CAPS will escort the walk, KP will be our hosts this week with several guest Docs, and 11 Alive will cover this active living event!

KP + 11 Alive + City of Decatur = Decatur Active Living!

Map of route


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