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

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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.

REGISTER ONLINE

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

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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

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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 cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com.

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 cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com. Meet-up information is here.

Last Month's Group Enjoying Themselves After the Ride

Last Month’s Group Enjoying Themselves After the Ride

Participate in the Bike Challenge and Win Prizes!

LTR-Facebook-Memes_7The City of Decatur has formed a team for the Atlanta Bike Challenge which runs from September 28 to October 19 and we invite citizens and employees alike to join our team. So far the Decatur team is Tracie, Cheryl, Jeff, and Trish. Recruit your Decatur friends and neighbors, everybody bike!

The 3rd-annual Atlanta Bike Challenge will be going strong ALL OVER the metro area including Decatur. You just have to ride your bike 10 minutes a day, or 10 minutes ever to participate! Log when you bike to yoga, bike to work, bike around the park, bike to the pool…you get the idea, just bike!

Log your rides (a few or all of them) at ATLBikeChallenge.com or through the Love to Ride mobile app to qualify for great prizes.Be sure to sign up for the City of Decatur team its not just employees, its meant to be citizens too!

What’s the goal? It’s all about participation – which workplaces (or in our case communities) can get the most people to ride a bike? Metro Atlanta business will compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike during the challenge. It’s not about who can cycle the most miles, but who can encourage the most people to give bicycling a try.

Throughout the Atlanta Bike Challenge, participants will qualify for awesome prizes. However, to be eligible for the grand prize, you must log cycling trips to and from work. And by participating, you’ll get bragging rights when you reach goals and recruit coworkers to join in on the fun. Logging is easy, click # of miles, click date, done!

To find out more and to register, visit ATLBikeChallenge.com. And connect through the Facebook event.

Healthy Monday: Exercise Can Provide Energy

healthy monday headerEver feel “too tired to exercise” in the morning or after work? It’s more likely that you’re emotionally tired and unmotivated. Look past this initial reaction and follow through with your fitness plans; your body will appreciate the short-term energy boost and stamina that comes with physical activity!

Challenge yourself to fight fatigue and stick to your exercise routine this week. Note how refreshed and energetic you feel after your workout.

For more information on healthy lifestyles changes and more visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

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