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: Breast Cancer Prevention

Just in time for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

pink ribbonBreast cancer is the second most common type of cancer diagnosed in American women. And although it’s more rare, men can develop breast cancer, too. Fortunately, eating a healthy and balanced diet (especially high in fruits and vegetables), exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption may all lower your risk of developing breast cancer.

This week, evaluate your current breast cancer prevention practices and check to see when your next screening should be. If you’re between the ages of 50 and 74, you should have a mammogram once every 2 years. If outside of this age range, talk with your physician about your risk factors and when you should get screened for breast cancer. Stay tuned for the women’s health topic at October’s Lifelong Community lecture on 3rd Thursday.

Get Healthy Monday Inspiration All Week Long Visit Healthy Monday’s active Facebook page and Twitter feed to get daily reminders and inspiration to help sustain healthy habits all week long.

Trinity Triangle: Bike-Ped-Car Changes for Monday Downtown

PATH detourConstruction at Trinity and E. Howard will begin in full on Monday, September 29.

Here is what travelers need to know:

E. Howard will be closed for bike-ped-car traffic including the PATH trail for an 18-24 month period starting this weekend.
In addition, there will be no sidewalk service on the south side of Trinity Street between Church Street and E. Howard Avenue. For this reason, there will be no mid-block crossing on Trinity.
Alternate routes will be posted on the street this weekend. Here is a snapshot of those alternate routes:

  • The alternate PATH bike route will be on Church Street and Sycamore Street.
  • The alternate pedestrian routes for  E. Howard will be on Church Street and E. College Street.

For more information, please contact the City of Decatur, Design, Environment & Construction Division at 678.553.6570.

Oakhurst Arts Run is October 11


Get your ART on this year at The Oakhurst Arts Run 5K!

NEW THIS YEAR! Tie-dye your race t-shirt after the run!

Event shirt only guaranteed for registration by September 26, 2014.

This year, Decatur Education Foundation and the Decatur Arts Alliance are partnering on the run and proceeds will support art grants (in our schools and community) as well as the Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund which provides scholarships for low-income students to participate in city programs.


For a paper registration form click here

Start your day with the 5K and then stay and enjoy the Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival.

Race starts and ends at One Step at a Time running store located at 650 East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.

Walkers, strollers and leashed dogs are welcome but should line up in the back of the pack.

Oakhurst Arts Run is part of the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge.  Click  here for more information.

Lunch & Learn on 4th Fridays – is this week 1130am Friday


Full year of talks was successful in 2014, let us know what you’d like to learn about in 2015, the planning has begun.
Once a month on 4th Fridays at 1130am, health and wellness professionals will pop in to the recreation center for a lunch & learn talk. The series is timed to occur just after our popular weekly senior aerobics course. The talks are free and open to the public, so have lunch with us once a month as we spread the awareness of active living and how to keep that focus as we age.

It’s simple, active and healthy; bring a brown bag lunch, put it in the fridge, and snack with us after class as we chat with and learn from community experts on topics such as:

  1. January: Jennifer Weissman – Simply Delicious – Green Smoothies
  2. February: Sandy Bramlett – Balancing Act! and Ageless Grace
  3. March: Laura Roberts – Music Therapy for caregivers and Alzheimer’s patients
  4. April: Rachel Stroud – Nutrition 101 from Good Measure Meals
  5. May: Dorie Sokol – Arthritis and how it affects our thumbs
  6. June: Ashli Price – Menu planning for fresh, seasonal foods on a budget
  7. July: Melissa Bloom – Balance, Vertigo, and Dizziness help through physical therapy
  8. August: Jessica Covington – Brain food and games to keep you sharp
  9. September: Joe Nocera –  Exercise, is it better for the Body or the Brain? 
  10. October: TBD
  11. November: Lee Ann Harvey – Caregivers 101
  12. December: TBD

Healthy Monday: Cook to Preserve Nutrients

steamed vegRaw fruits and vegetables usually provide more vitamins than their cooked counterparts, but there are ways to prevent nutrient loss while still savoring prepared foods! Careful cooking with minimized heat and water may only result in a 5-15% nutrient loss (compared to processed foods, which can lose 50-80%.)

This week, try steaming or quick sautéing vegetables and cooking meat over low heat to presserve as many nutrients as possible. You might even discover a new favorite recipe!

Car Free Day in Decatur is Wednesday, September 24


Join Decatur Active Living and the City of Decatur as we celebrate  Car Free Day on Wednesday, September 24 at the Blue Sky Concert on the Square.

 The City of Decatur celebrates on Wednesday to be part of the Blue Sky Concert. Walk, bike or ride transit to the concert and receive a special Car Free Day sticker and/or tattoo! 

Car Free Days aim to be fun, free events encouraging people to get out of their cars and run, walk, cycle or take public transit. The central vision of Car Free Day is urban mobility that is not dependent on the private automobile.

International Car Free Day is celebrated every September 22 (Decatur celebrates on Wednesday) first started in Europe in the 1990s and is a growing global movement celebrated in over two thousand towns and cities in over  thirty countries. CFD is not anti-car, but promotes awareness of alternative forms of transportation and the public health benefits of more active lifestyles within reach to us all.

For more information contact

Third Friday Fun Bike Ride This Friday at 6:30 PM

The weather is perfect for a fun five mile bike ride around the City of Decatur! Join us this Friday, September 19 at 6:30 pm for a social ride around the city followed by a stop at a local watering hole. We meet at the Church Street MARTA Station and are ready to go at 6:30; stop by a little earlier and get to know your fellow riders.

All levels of riders are welcome; this is a no-drop ride and we ride at a social pace. Please wear a helmet and you may want to check your lights for the ride home. Our days are getting shorter.

Questions? Contact Meet-up information is here.

Last Month's Group Enjoying Themselves After the Ride

Last Month’s Group Enjoying Themselves After the Ride

Walk to the Wilderness Performance & Plant Sale at Woodlands Garden!

Wilderness Performance Series

WildernessAct 50th anniversaryWe tested the walking route today during Walk With a Doc from the downtown Decatur square and its only 1 mile along Clairmont Road to the Woodlands Garden. See their website below for a map and full line up of events for the next 5 weekends including art, music, and poetry in the garden, right here in Decatur! The performance this weekend is free and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Its actually part of a series of performances across America during September observing the act which was signed 9/3/1964. Parking is very limited so if you live in the community consider taking a walk there with a friend to show them the garden and enjoy the event.

Fall Plant Sale

lentenrose-woodlandsEnjoy the wilderness and spruce up your garden with a variety of trees, shrubs and perennials from Woodlands Garden’s Fall Plant Sale. Many of the plants come directly from the garden’s 7 acres, including seedlings of Magnolia macrophylla or Bigleaf Magnolia, a Champion Tree located on site. Choose from trees and shrubs including Japanese maple, dogwood, redbud, American holly, Virginia sweetspire, and elderberry. Woodlands volunteers have also harvested perennials such as celandine poppy, passionflower vine, arum, hellebore, euphorbia, and ginger lily, and friends of the garden are donating other plants. Buyers can support Woodlands Garden and take home plants proven to thrive in the Decatur area.

Plants will be available for purchase during Sunday in the Garden, 2-4pm on the following days: October 5, 12, 19 and 26 and on Fairies in the Garden day, Saturday, October 18, 2-5pm. To learn more, or to shop for plants during the week, contact garden manger Ruby Bock at 678.641.2966 or

Woodlands Garden and Wilderness Performance Calendars


Wilderness Act Performance Series

Lifelong Community Lecture: For Men, and Those Who Love Them

GPCCWhat you don’t know can hurt you – or those who love you. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Lifelong Decatur will host a panel of experts on men’s health. This talk is not only for men. The panel will offer information regarding how sleep problems can be a cause of, or a sign of, health problems; the relation ship between nutrition and diabetes; and steps men can take to improve their health. Held at Decatur Rec Thursday 9/18 @ 630pm.

The best way to stay healthy is through prevention and screenings. Men: find out how prostate  cancer can be curable with early detection. Most women know that annual screenings are crucial to early detection and treatment of cancer.

For more information about this series or to suggest a future talk topic, contact Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community coordinator, or 678-553-6548.

To find out more about this month’s topic:

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

Next month: Celebrating Women’s Health, Save the date: Thursday, October 16, 6:30 p.m.


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