Healthy Monday (Tuesday): Retreat From the Heat

healthy monday headerExtreme temperatures can cause many serious health problems like heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rashes. During the height of summer, it’s important to check that loved ones and pets have the water and cool shelter they need to stay safe.

This week, take precautions for yourself and your family to avoid heat-related illnesses. Drink more fluids (but avoid alcoholic and sugary drinks); wear lightweight, light color, and loosely fitting clothing; and limit outdoor activity to the morning or evening.

For more information on staying healthy, visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org. 

 

Stay Active in Decatur This Weekend!

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

 

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!

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 www.fuquacenter.org for more information.

For information on the Third Thursday series or to suggest future topics, contact, Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community coordinator, leeann.harvey@decaturga.com 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.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists

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The weather is almost perfect for dusting off the bike and hitting the road. Here are some safety tips to consider before heading out:

Always Ride with Traffic and Follow the Rules of the Road

  • You are better off riding with the flow of traffic, not against it.
  • You are more predictable and visible to motorists, especially at intersections and  driveways
  • Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars, and use hand signals when turning and stopping
  • Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings and yield to traffic when appropriate, including pedestrians.

Don’t Ride on the Sidewalk!!

  • Although you might think it is a safer option, motorists are simply not looking for bicyclists on the sidewalk, especially those riding against the flow of traffic.
  • At very driveway and intersection, you are at greater risk of being hit by a motorist than if you were riding on the road wtih traffic.
  • Pedestrians will thank you for riding on the road as well
  • Ride on the trail, paved shoulder, bike lane or bike route. You still need to follow the rules of the road and watch out for your fellow travelors. Ride to the right, signal your turns, obey traffic signs and signals.

Be Predictable and Visible

  • Try not to be hesitant or do things that motorists and other travelers may not be expecting
  • Make sure everyone can see you and knows where you are and where you are going.
  • If riding in the dark, use headlights, taillights and reflectors and wear reflective materials and brightly colored clothing.
  • Do not wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while bicycling.

Watch for Turning Traffic

  • Most car/bike collisions happen at intersections and driveways when motorists or bicyclists are turning
  • At every intersection and driveway, keep a careful eye out for motorists turning right in front of you – you may be going faster than you think. Also, look for motorists turning left across your path. Drivers are looking for gaps in traffic and may not be paying attention to anything other than other motor vehicles.

 

Wear a helmet!!

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Safety Tips for Bicyclists, from Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center. http://www.pedbikeinfo.org

 

 

 

Third Friday Fun Bike Ride This Friday, August 15

3 Friday ridersJoin Decatur Active Living for the Third Friday Fun Bike Ride this Friday, August 15. Meet at the Church Street MARTA Station and be ready to ride at 6:30 PM. This month we will ride through Agnes Scott College, catch a PATH to Oakhurst, ride to Kirkwood and return to Decatur via the PATH – a total of only five miles. Then we will head to a local watering hole for refreshments.

This is an all-levels, no drop casual ride. Good for beginning as well as experienced riders.

Helmets are required. No ride if raining.

For more info, contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or check out the Meet-up here and RSVP.

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