Bicycling 101 at Decatur Recreation Center February 13

bike basket of valentinesThis Saturday, join Nedra Deadwyler of Civil Bikes for Bicycling 101, designed to get active adults and seniors back on their bikes. This INDOOR class will provide information, handouts, and teach skills necessary to ride safely and is held the second Saturday of each month. February’s class is on the 13th from 1 – 3:30 pm. Participants will take an optional short group ride on the PATH at the end of the class.

For more information and to register go to Class will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street in downtown Decatur.

Healthy Monday: Get Moving for a Good Cause

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The City of Decatur hosts many non-profit run/walk events that beneift the local community. For information and a schedule of the Team Decatur participating 5Ks click here. Tour deCatur, benefitting the Decatur Education Foundation, will be held March 12. Information is here.

Decatur Receives Walking Superstar Award


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The City of Decatur was honored by PEDS at the 20 Years Strong – Salute the Walking Superstars Celebration held on January 26 at the Wrecking Bar.

Decatur was among four recipients of the new Walking Superstars Award and was recognized for “Activating the Streets” through  Transit Oriented Development in the downtown area, having places and activities worth walking to as well as people friendly public spaces and for our highly successful Safe Routes to School Program. These programs and similar projects that focus on encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and support walking, cycling and public transit represent our community’s 30 year commitment to Smart Growth principles.

Midtown Alliance, Micheal Dobbins and the Livable Centers Initiative were the other recipients. Click here for more information on PEDS.

Decatur is also a Silver level Walk Friendly Community. For more information on walking in Decatur, visit

Musical Theatre Camp for Adults Starts Wednesday!

stage troupe 1There are a few spaces left for the  Musical Theatre Camp for Adults that starts on Wednesday, February 3 at 10 a.m. This is a nine-week session where you will learn dances, songs and scenes from your favorite musical theatre shows such as West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, Oklahoma and more. Each session includes workshops on theatre games, improvisation and acting for the camera.

Discover the performer in you and shine like a Broadway Star! Only $10 per class. Register via WebTrac or come on over to the Recreation Center a little early and register at the front desk.

What:  Musical Theatre  Class
When:  Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Where: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030

Love Run 5K is February 27

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To commemorate Teen Dating Violence Month in February, please join DeKalb Solicitor-General Sherry Boston on February 27th for The Love Run 5. The race will start on The Decatur Square at 8:30 a.m. and is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Register now at or at Big Peach at 114 East Trinity Place on Friday, 2/26.

Decatur Table Tennis “Champs”


From Charlie Slater, leader of Decatur Table Tennis:

I would have to say today’s “friendly tournament” was a total success. Twenty of us competed for absolutely nothing except the thrill of victory or the gracious acceptance of defeat. We did a round robin format, so everyone had at least 4 matches. Our winner was Steve Jackson (he’s on the right in the picture) and second place went to Parker Robbins (he’s on the left). Be sure to congratulate them when you see them…just don’t ask to see their trophies. Ha, ha! (Maybe that will happen in future tourneys.)

Interested in joining the table tennis group? They play at Decatur Recreation Center on Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Free to Decatur residents and only $2 for non-residents. All levels of players are welcome!

Biggest Loser Returns to Decatur

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4th Annual Decatur Biggest Loser Contest is Open for Registration.
Pinnacle Fitness Center challenges Decatur with Weight Loss Contest to benefit DEF.

The 4th Annual Decatur Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge is a six-week program to build healthy habits and encourage the Decatur community to live a healthier lifestyle. Grand prize winners in the men’s and women’s categories will each receive $250 in cash, 1 month of unlimited group fitness classes, and 1 Introductory massage from Deborah McGarry Massage Therapy.

The contest kicks off with a weigh-in at Pinnacle Fitness Center, 141 Sams St, Suite B1 in Decatur on Saturday Feb. 6th starting at 8:00 am – 10:30 am.  Registration is $30 (must be 18 to participate), and includes a weight loss information packet. Five dollars from each registration benefits the Decatur Education Foundation. All body measurements will be kept private, and progress will be tracked via percentage. New enrolling participants interested in fitness classes can sign up for a 1-month promotion at Pinnacle Fitness Center for only $40. Early weigh-in is available on the preceding Friday between 4:30pm-6:30pm.

To view the testimonials from the winners of 2013, 2014, and 2015 Decatur Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge visit:

Program Benefits

  • Weekly coaching emails from fitness instructor and functional nutritionist David Nash.
  • Weekly online performance tracking to help drive friendly competition.
  • Grand prize winners receive a $250 cash prize, 1 Introductory Massage from Deborah McGarry Massage Therapy, 1 month of group fitness sessions
  • 2nd and 3rd men and women contest winners will also receive prize packages

For more information and to register visit:

Be Ready to Ride This Spring!

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Bright at Night Walk Thursday at 7:30 pm

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Join the Pedestrian Committee of the Active Living Board for the Fourth Thursday Walk this Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 pm. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and enjoy a three mile walk through Glenwood Estates, Glenlake Park and the Great Lakes.

Enjoy walking through Decatur at night. Participants receive a FREE light to keep and wear on evening walks.

For more information on walking in Decatur, click here.

The walk is offered FREE to the community thanks to the Pedestrian Advisory Committee!

Age Gracefully with Exercise!


CNN visited the Decatur Recreation Center this winter to film our Active Adult Classes. Check out the videos below to see what our  wonderful exercise classes are doing and the benefits  participants receive. Thanks to Bobbie Elzey for her dedication to keeping everyone moving!



For more information on classes at Decatur Active Living, check out the latest version of the Playbook.



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