Fourth Thursday Walk is August 25

bright-at-night-artNight time is a great time to walk!

Join members of the Active Living Pedestrian Committee for this monthly “Bright at Night” walk. Walkers are encouraged to wear bright colors or reflective clothing so you can “Be safe and Be seen!” Participants will also receive a small light to wear and keep.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to walk at 7:30 p.m. Walks are around 3 miles and wind through Decatur neighborhoods.

More information on walking can be found at decaturga.com/walking or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

 

 

 

Third Friday Bike Ride is August 19

ibikeJoin Decatur Active Living for the Third Friday FUN Bike Ride! We will ride 5-6 miles around Decatur; this month we will be viewing public art as we ride! This is a no-drop ride –  no one will be left behind! After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to roll at 6:30 p.m. Helmets are required and lights are strongly suggested.

Let’s all hope that the weather holds and it doesn’t get rained out! In the event of bad weather, check back here on Friday afternoon for updates.

More information is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1056716074406019/.

 

 

Move It Monday: Get Out and Walk

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Walking is the most underrated exercise, when it can actually be as good for you as running! Learn more about the benefits here.

Learn more about walking in Decatur at decaturga.com/walking.

Lil’ Kickers Soccer, Register Now!

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Lil Kickers

Move it Monday: Walking is Real Exercise

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Walking is real exercise; the startling health benefits prove it! Read all about them here and set aside time for a walk this Monday.

Join Tracie for our weekly Walk With a Doc every Wednesday at 9 am. More information about walking in Decatur is at decaturga.com/walking.

Team Decatur Time!

decatur-kp-challenge-poster-2016-webJoin Team Decatur for the annual KP Corporate Run Walk 5K held in downtown Atlanta on Thursday, September 22, 2016. This is the last year that Team Decatur will participate so you won’t want to miss it! The City of Decatur has participated in the KP Corporate Run/Walk for five years and wants to make the 6th year the best yet!

Team Decatur members register online and join the “team”. All members who register will receive a special Team Decatur t-shirt to wear at the event in September, as well as join other members in the Team Decatur tent before and after the event. We will gather to celebrate our walk/run and enjoy food and beverages from local restaurants. This year we will have special surprises including a DJ and trophies! Decatur knows how to throw a party, and this will be no exception!  Register by August 31 to reserve the coveted t-shirt in your size. After that date, sizes cannot be guaranteed.

For information and to register visit kpcorporaterunwalk.com and be sure to search for Team Decatur in the list of Corporate Teams.
More information on Team Decatur can be found at decaturga.com/teamdecatur or contact Cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com; 678-553-6541.

Fencing is Back at Decatur Active Living!

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To register, visit http://www.decaturga.com/webtrac.

4th Thursday Bright at Night Walk is Tonight

Walk decatur rev 15Join members of the Pedestrian Committee for the 4th Thursday Bright at Night walk. Walkers should plan to meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center at 7:30pm for this walk through Decatur. Be sure to bring some water!

Walkers will receive a free light to keep them “bright at night!”

 

Time to Register for Youth Flag Football!

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City of Decatur Finalist in Kaboom! Play Everywhere Challenge

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Wouldn’t it be great to have one of these in Decatur?

The City of Decatur was selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award outside-the-box ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. The Challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.  

The City of Decatur created an innovative plan for a Pedal to School Bike Bus and a renewal of the bus stop on Trinity Place into a play space. The project was selected as a finalist out of a pool of more than 1,000 applications nationwide. Winners will be announced in early fall, 2016. 

The Challenge, developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts, attracted an outpouring of creative ideas to spark kids’ imaginations and get their bodies moving. Decaturs idea came from a passion for getting kids more involved in Safe Routes to School.

 

The Pedal to School Bike Bus is currently being used in Holland and is a great way for children to travel to school while getting exercise along the way. Riding a bike brings joy and good health, and the bike bus is particularly whimsical, said Danielle Suchdev, member of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  The bus will enable 11 children to bike themselves to school, departing from the Decatur Housing Authority.

“We were astonished at the number and quality of the applications we received,” said James Siegal, CEO of KaBOOM!. “To us, it shows a huge, untapped potential to reimagine cities with kids in mind, and boost their opportunity to get the play they need to thrive. And when kids thrive, cities thrive.”

Kids need play to grow up healthy, resilient and ready for life. Research shows play is vital to healthy brain development and is pivotal to how kids learn problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity–in other words, the skills they need to succeed as adults. Yet today, too many kids, especially those growing up in poverty, are missing out on play because of families’ time pressures, the lure of screens, and a lack of safe places to go. Meanwhile, evidence shows missing out on the chance to play puts kids at risk for challenges ranging from obesity to anxiety to trouble adjusting in school.

“Were thrilled at the possibility that Decaturs kids could win this fantastic new opportunity to learn and develop from play, said Cheryl Burnette of Decatur Active Living. “If we’re selected as a winner, we hope it will be just the beginning of a larger effort to make play a way of life for kids and families in our community and to have a way for more children to experience biking to school.”

Winners for the competition will be selected in fall 2016. To learn more about Decaturs ideas for making play happen everywhere in the city,  contact Cheryl Burnette. To learn more about the Play Everywhere Challenge, including a gallery of ideas for what Play Everywhere could look like across the U.S. please visit http://kaboom.org/playeverywhere

 

 

 

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