New Class* Theatre for the Young!

Register now, classes begin January 23rd at 9:30 a.m.!

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Understanding and Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits-Join Us Tonight!

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Walk with a Doc – On Jan. 14th, Dr. Josh Buck will be joining us!

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Move It Monday: Stretching is Crucial

From the folks at Move It Monday:

Stretching before and after exercise is crucial. Stretching helps increase the range of motion around a joint and also loosens up the stiffness in muscles. When you warm your muscles up before exercise, the better able they are to deal with stressful movement. Stretching is also a great way to cool down your muscles afterwards. Visit our blog for three easy stretches to work into your day.

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Weather and Closing Update

Due to the threat of winter weather, the City of Decatur will be closing non-public safety and non-public works facilities at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6th. Check back for updates regarding any city facilities closures for Monday, January 9th. The latest weather updates will be posted here and to www.thedecaturminute.com.

Decatur Active Living Closures

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Due to the Winter Storm Threat the Decatur Recreation Center, Ebster Recreation Center and the Glenlake Tennis Center will be closed Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8. All activities are cancelled for the weekend.

We hope you and your family stay safe and warm!

Run With the Dogs is January 21 – First Race in the NEW Team Decatur Grand Prix Series

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If there is a fitness-related goal on your list of New Year’s resolutions, put the January 21st Run With The Dogs 5K and 1-mile Pup Trot on your calendar. If you have a canine companion, this is a unique opportunity for the two of you to spend some quality outdoor time together.

Come  out and support Decatur High and Renfroe Middle School athletics by participating in the 12th annual Decatur Bulldog Boosters’ Run With The Dogs 5K — with or without a dog.  If you or your 4-legged friend are looking for a shorter distance, this year there is also a new 1-Mile Pup Trot.  One registration fee allows you to do the 5K and the 1-mile Pup Trot.  You can do one or do both!

This year’s event will take place Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Decatur High School  — Pup Trot at 8:30 AM and the 5K at 9:00 AM.

Register at http://www.RWTD5k.com.

This race is part of the Team Decatur Grand Prix series. Find out more at decaturga.com/teamdecatur and become part of the team!

All proceeds will be used by the Decatur Bulldog Boosters to help fund the sports programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

Follow the Run With The Dogs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RWTD5k or Instagram @RWTD5K. Any questions can be forwarded to Bethany Atkinson – BethanyAtkinson@yahoo.com.

Move It Monday: New Year, Healthier You!

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Any routine done day after day can dull your muscle response, making your workouts less effective. But when you put your heart and passion into something, especially movement, you always get back more energy and joy. Ditch that monotonous routine and try out something new that could really pump up your fun quotient! Cheers to a happier, healthier you!

New Adult Classes for 2017

Decatur Active Living introduces new adult programs for 2017! Check  WebTrac for details and be on the lookout for our new Playbook coming in January! Click the link to view new Playbook…http://www.decaturga.com/home/showdocument?id=10239

New classes include:

Tai Chi/Qigong for Seniors, Chair Yoga at Ebster, Senior Aerobics at Ebster, Computer and Keyboard Basics (Free), Email Basics (Free), John Verlenden’s Open Yoga, Understanding & Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits and many more!

For more information, call Sara Holmes at 678-553-6559!

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Winter Walking Tips

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Practice Safe Winter Walking Habits

Be safe and be seen! Follow basic safety rules. Look both ways, cross at marked crosswalks, watch for traffic and pay attention to cyclists. Assume drivers can’t see you and proceed with caution on busy streets.

Share the Way. Be mindful of cyclists, runners, and other trail users. Walk on the right, and listen for bells and audible warnings.

Walk with friends or in places where there are other walkers, especially in the early morning and evening hours.

Start slowly and take it easy. Muscles warm up as you go. Adjust your pace for the weather conditions to decrease your chances of straining a muscle or taking a fall.

Make it Fun!

Meet friends at a park or walk site.

Warm your way with a thermos with hot chocolate or cider.

Use the time to learn about how things are different in the winter, such a how the trees look, what the color of grass it, which flowers grow in the cold.

Dress for the Weather

Dress in layers to stay warm. Don’t forget y9our mittens or gloves and a hat. You can lose 35% of your body hear through your head! Watch for icy spots along your route.

Pay extra attention to your feet. Wear warm socks with room for toe wiggling. Lace up walking shoes with plenty of traction.

Wear bright and reflective clothing, and carry a flashlight or other light to stay visible. With fewer daylight hours and cloudy conditions, it is important to wear a high-visibility outer layer.