Coed Ultimate Frisbee: Registration Opens Saturday!

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Self-Defense Class Offered Through Fleet Feet Decatur and 9Round

From our friend Clay at Fleet Feet Decatur:

Do any of these ever apply to you?

a) Run early, b) Run late, c) Run alone, d) Feel a little weird about a person, car, situation when you are not running.

Typically, we push these thoughts to the back of our mind, but helping with personal safety is one of the most important things we can do.

Our nice friend, CJ Pascuzzo, who is the franchise owner of 9Round ATL-Decatur,  volunteered to set up a Saturday session on Self Defense with a self defense instructor and a Dekalb County police officer. It is a “scenario based” training approach. The class will be held on Saturday, July 12 at 2 pm at 9Round. 9Round is located next to the “big” Kroger at 2899-B North Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30030.

To offset the costs CJ needs $10 from you when you attend, but if you sign up in advance (this helps with planning too) you’ll get a $10 Gift Card to Fleet Feet Decatur so essentially it costs you nothing!

Advance signup at www.fleetfeetdecatur.com/events/self-defense-class-for-runners

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Healthy Monday: Schedule Physical Activity

logo-healthy_mondayHaving a consistent exercise routine is key to success. By keeping up a regular routine, physical activity will eventually become a habit.

This week, find three places in your schedule where you can fit fitness. It may be in the morning, during your lunch break, before dinner or in the evening.

To keep up your new routine, recommit to these times at the end of the week, or adjust your work out schedule if need be.

 

quoteGet Moving with  Move It Monday!!  Move It Monday is an international campaign which encourages people of all fitness levels to get moving each week starting on Mondays. Inspirations, ideas and more. Check it out today.

 

Glenlake Pool Will Open at 2 PM Today

pool_closed_signGlenlake Pool will open at 2 pm today due to contamination. McKoy and Ebster Pools will be open for you to stay cool!

Check back here for updates.

 

Team Decatur Kick-off July 15th

DSC_3512Join Team Decatur and Get Active!

On July 15th attend the Team Decatur Kickoff Event at the Decatur Recreation Center, 6 – 8 pm.

Join Mayor Baskett and Race Director and Olympian Jeff Galloway for this fun event which kicks off the free eight week training program offered through September 10.

• Health and Fitness Expo featuring local businesses sharing information on getting and keeping fit and nutrition.
• Wear fitness clothes to participate in fun activities including Jazzercise, Tai Chi, Aerobics and more.
• Drawings for prizes including free fitness classes, gift certificates and more
• Get information on Team Decatur, the running and walking group formed to participate in the Kaiser Permanente Run/Walk 5k. This is our fourth year!
• A special appearance by Doc Broc!
• Meet Olympian Jeff Galloway
• Learn about “Bright at Night” and receive a free blinkie light to keep you safe.

To join Team Decatur, visit http://www.kpcorporaterunwalk.com and register for the KP Corporate Run/Walk 5k. Be sure to select Team Decatur from the list of corporate teams.

Register for the KP Corporate Run/Walk by August 1 and be entered into a drawing for a Running Camp/Retreat with Jeff Galloway at Blue Mountain Beach, FL.

For more information on Team Decatur visit http://www.decaturga.com/teamdecatur.

Enjoy these photos from last year’s event:

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Bring the whole family. Free. 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur. For more information cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or 678-553-6541.

July Is Park and Recreation Month

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This year’s theme is OUT is IN.

Let’s focus on setting trends instead of following them,  making 2014 the year people go outside, change their outlook, and get involved in their community through parks and recreation.

Here are some ideas for July:

  • Visit one of Decatur’s three swimming pools to stay cool
  • Take a stroll through one of the many greenspaces in Decatur. Take a picnic or just sit on a blanket, sip on a cool drink and read a book.
  • Join us for the Third Friday Fun Bike Ride on Friday, July 18. Meet at the Church Street MARTA at 6:30pm. All levels, helmets are required.
  • Learn how to ride your bike in a group on Saturday, July 12 at 1:30pm with Mike Sheehan. Meet at Glennwood ES parking lot.
  • The Team Decatur Kick-off is Tuesday, July 15 from 6 – 8 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center
  • Be a part of the July 4th Pied Piper Parade- ride your bike or walk and have fun waving to the crowds gathered along the way

We bet you can think of more ways to get out and enjoy Park and Recreation Month!

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Decatur’s Active Children

Article Done by Guest Blogger : Jenai Richards

During the summer, most children enjoy staying at home relaxing & playing games but Decatur children are above average. During the summer, Decatur Active Living and Children and Youth Services divisions offers Summer Day Camps from June 9th – July 18th for kids 4- 18. The summer camps are offered at various locations in the City Of Decatur such as the Decatur Recreational Center, Glenlake & McKoy Park. The children swim, play tennis, utilize the playground & do many other indoor and outdoor activities. These camps provide outlets for health and wellness for all children who participate. To see these chldren in action look at the slide show of pictures below. If you’re interested in signing up your child or children up for any of these camps please follow this link http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=173

 

 

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Healthy Decatur: A Holistic Approach to Sustainability

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I recently re read the case study that drives our quest to be and remain an active living community. I wondered what else i might add to continue the progress and success for the community. Take a look at it here if you’ve never read it. Hindsight is always 20/20 and it shows you what the city was thinking in heading to where we are now.

Namely I heard last week at a seminar hosted by the ARC on Living Beyond Expectations, that active adults over 65+ were the fastest growing segment of new cyclists or returning cyclists, more like it, in the nation. So I figured i better get some bicycling programming going for adults and make sure it aligned with this mission. And it does!

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Today I took a regular groups of active adults on a weekly walk, met a group of kids cycling from camp, and strolled through our community garden. We are definitely still at it Decatur, from 8 to 80, as they say and looking to constantly improve.

So if you have ideas of what activity you’d like to do, as an active adult, with daytime hours free, Tracie is the girl for you. She leads the adults programming efforts and is happy to create an activity for you and find the best instructor for it. So holla! You can reach her at tracie.sanchez@decaturga.com.

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And here we are, keeping at it y’all!

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Peach Jam at the Decatur Farmer’s Market is June 25th

Peach Jam LogoCome to the Decatur Farmers Markets next week for the 4th Annual Peach Jam – a celebration of Georgia’s favorite fruit! Amateurs and professionals are submitting their unique peach recipes for crowd judging!!!

 Wednesday, June 25, 4PM-7PM. Front Lawn of Decatur First Baptist Church.

Help pick the 2014 Peach BBQ Sauce Competition winner! For a donation of $7 you’ll get a plate of Burnt Fork BBQ, some grilled veggie sides, unlimited peach BBQ sauce samples and a spoon to vote for your favorite! Special surprise: Peach iced tea and sliders from Revolution Doughnuts!

Saturday, June 28, 9AM-1PM. Downtown Decatur, Corner Trinity and N. McDonough.

Help pick the 2014 Peach Jam and Jelly Competition winner! For a donation of $6 you’ll enjoy two fresh, baked-from-scratch biscuits from Decatur’s new Ratio Bakeshop, unlimited peach jam samples and a spoon to vote for your favorite! If biscuits and jam are not your thing, what about Terrapin Beer’s Farmhouse Peach Beer available for $4 a glass!

 

And, as always, shop for your fresh, local farm-grown produce and ready to eat foods at the Decatur Farmers Market.

 

To enter either of the above competitions, sign up at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/723892

Sugar Overload: Why You Should Kick the Sugar Habit

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