Healthy Monday: Embrace Your Creative Side

healthy monday headerRecent research shows that cultural activities, such as going to a museum exhibit or creating an art display, increase happiness and satisfaction in life while decreasing depression and anxiety. Activities that involve being active in the creative process are more beneficial than passive and receptive activities (i.e. watching television).

This week, experiment with a creative activity that interests you; it can be anything from photography or painting to arranging flowers or singing.

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What Are YOU Doing to Stay Active This Weekend?

As always there is plenty to do in Decatur on a nice Fall weekend. Here are some ideas to keep you active:

Friday, October 17:
Decatur Third Friday Fun Bike Ride, 6:30 pm meet at Church Street MARTA ready to ride. More info is here.

Saturday, October 18:
Bike Registration and Safety Event at the Decatur Housing Authority, 10 am until Noon. Register your bicycle witih the Decatur Police, ride the children’s safety course and learn signals, lane changing and more. For more information contact or

Fairies in the Garden, Woodlands Garden, 2 until 5 pm. Information is here. We went to this in the past and it was awesome!! Not only do you feel like you have left the city while wandering the garden, but the little Fairie Homes are so creative and stoke the imagination. Consider walking or biking over as parking is limited. Or park at Westchester School and walk over.

Decatur Craft Beer Festival, Information is here. I believe there are still some VIP tickets available.

Sunday, October 19:
RideWell Bike Festival at Holy Trinity Parish, 1 pm until 6 pm. Information is here.

What else do you know of that is happening in Decatur this weekend? Feel free to comment…..

Lichen Fairie House

                  Lichen Fairie House

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk Comes Through Decatur Friday, October 17

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk will be coming through Decatur tomorrow, Friday October 17th.  Consider lining the street on Ponce de Leon Avenue and show the walkers support by cheering them on as they walk by. They plan on hitting the city around 11 am, just in time for you to cheer during your lunch hour!

The walkers will be adorned in pink and various states of costumes. Great opportunity for some fun photos as you cheer them on. Many of the walkers are cancer survivors along with their friends and family who are showing support.

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RideWell Bike Festival This Sunday at Holy Trinity Parish

Patron Saint of Cyclists

Patron Saint of Cyclists

Holy Trinity Parish is holding  “RideWell Bike Festival” this Sunday, October 19 at their church located at 515 E Ponce de Leon Ave in Decatur. The event begins at 1 pm and features a 17 mile and a 5 mile Bicycle Tour of Community Gardens, a Children’s Bicycle Rodeo and a Bike blessing. The proceeds will benefit Clean Water Programs in Haiti. Tickets are $10 per person with $20 max for family and are available at the church.

RideWell is Holy Trinity’s celebration of the feast day of the Madonna_del_Ghisallo, Patroness of cyclists.

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Decatur Third Friday Fun Bike Ride This Friday!

Join Decatur Active Living for our Third Friday Fun Bike Ride this Friday, October 17th at 6:30 pm. We will meet at the Church Street MARTA Station and are ready to ride at 6:30 pm. All levels of riders are welcome on this no-drop conversational pace ride. No one will be left behind!! This is a great ride for those who are tentative about riding in groups and/or on the street.

After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments and a chance to make some new friends.

Helmets are required. Consider lighting up your bike with lots of lights for the ride. The days are getting shorter. I have a battery operated string of lights I am looking forward to wrapping around my bike!

Check out the Meet-up page, courtesy of the Southern Bicycle League. Walt and Joanne are going to join us this week!

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Time to Register for the Run For Justice! Last Race in Grand Slam Fitness Challenge Series


This is the last race in the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge. Don’t be left out! Register today at

Healthy Monday: Go the Whole Way

healthy monday headerNutrients are most heavily concentrated when foods are in their natural state. Though many processed foods have health claims on the box, whole foods usually offer more antioxidants, fiber and essential vitamins. Plus, processed foods pack unhealthy extras like sugar, fat, sodium and other additives.

Purify your diet this week by choosing whole foods over more processed options; replace applesauce with sliced apples, choose baked potato wedges with olive oil over French fries, or opt for whole grain oats over packaged granola bars.

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Register Your Bikes and Learn to Be Safe on October 18

DHA Bike Safety Event 10-18-14

Stay Active This Weekend in Decatur!

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Lots to do this weekend in Decatur to stay active!

Saturday, October 11:

Take a ride out to Stone Mountain with the folks from Decatur Bikes. They leave the CVS parking lot at 8 am. This is a no-drop ride and you won’t be left behind! Please wear a helmet and bring water.

I Bike With Mike: Group Bike Skills Class at Decatur Recreation Center, 9 am until 1 pm. For information  click here.

Oakhurst Arts Run begins at 9 am and is part of the Oakhurst Arts and Music Festival. For information and to register click here. NEW this year: tie dye your shirt after the race! This year’s race benefits the Decatur Education Foundation and art education programs in the schools.

Sunday, October 12:

Music in the Garden at Woodlands Garden. featuring Ashley Filip from 2-3 pm and the Fabulous Pinkie Sisters from 3 – 4 pm.  The plant sale at the gardens is also going on so stock upu on some fall plantings.


Take a Walk.

Visit a Park.

Ride your Bike.


NEW Bike Repair Station in Decatur!

NEW Bike Repair Station at Decatur Recreation Center

NEW Bike Repair Station at Decatur Recreation Center

The City of Decatur Active Living Division is excited to announce our first bike repair station! The station is made by Dero and is located in front of the Decatur Recreation Center at 231 Sycamore Drive. Need to make an adjustment or flix a flat? We have the tools and the “deluxe” pump ready for your use! It even has a QR code in case you are like me and have no idea how to make adjustments.

Thanks to Gerry Knotts from the Public Works Department for getting this installed so quickly. We look forward to getting photos of folks using the station, so send them to or post to the Decatur Active Living Facebook page.

Scan the QR Code for Information on How to Make Repairs

Scan the QR Code for Information on How to Make Repairs


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