Crossing Guard of the Year!

Congratulations to Charlene Germany, Metro Atlanta Crossing Guard of the Year!

Ms. Germany is the crossing guard for Winnona Park Elementary School and had 10 nominations from the community. She is passionate, friendly, caring and vigilant about making sure the children (and adults) cross safely on the way to and from school. All the children know her name and she loves seeing them every day. We are so proud of her!!

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Active Living Holiday Closings

Happy Thanksgivingfrom Decatur Active Living

Decatur Recreation Center will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed Thursday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Ebster Recreation Center will be open noon until 8 pm on Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20; noon until 5 pm on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed Thursday through Sunday.

Oakhurst Indoor Pool will be closed on Thursday, November 22, and open noon until 5 pm Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25.

The staff at Decatur Active Living wishes your family a happy and healthy holiday! We have a lot to be thankful for here in Decatur.



Global Village Welcome Walk is Saturday, November 3

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Global Village Project (GVP) hosts its sixth annual Welcome Walk on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Previously called the Connecting Communities Walk, this is a 4.8 mile walk along the PATH Trail from Clarkston, where most refugees start their new lives in Georgia, and Decatur, where our school is located.

The walk starts at the Clarkston International Bible Church at 3895 Church Street at 10 a.m. and finishes at Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur. All community members are invited to walk with GVP’s parents, students, staff, and volunteers to support refugee girls’ education.
The registration fee for students is $15 and $25 for everyone else. All participants will receive a t-shirt. All funds raised will support the Global Village Project. To register to walk or to donate please visit:
Every dollar we raise by walking helps provide life-changing educational opportunity to young refugee women at GVP. Our Welcome Walk is growing. Last year, we hosted over 200 participants. This year, with your help, we hope to bring together 300 walk participants and hold our largest event to date!

For More Information Contact:
Erin Alred 404.371.0107

Move It Monday: Write Your Own Success Story


From our friends at Move It Monday:

This Monday, keep a record of your workouts. Tracking your fitness accomplishments will help identify useful patterns, reveal a picture of your overall performance, and help you stay on top of your progress.

Previously, we’ve covered how and why to keep a journal. We’ll now share tips on what to write down to keep you motivated and inspired.

  • Set a goal. 10,000 steps in a day? 20 minutes of non-stop cardio three times a week? Three weight-lifting sessions in a week? 30 minutes of laps every Saturday? Whatever it is, put it on the horizon. This is your goal.
  • Keep track. Track your numbers every day and be accountable. A possible entry would include: Date, exercise, time, distance, and any other miscellaneous notes – like how it made you feel or what you might need to change to bring you closer to your goals.
  • Find activities you enjoy. When you’re invested and having fun, you’re more likely to want to achieve your fitness goals. Be adaptable, not only will you work more muscles, but fitness may be less routine and more fun. Also, consider making fitness more social by inviting your friends or taking a class.

This Monday, use your personal data to see the big picture. When you see all your fitness accomplishments in one place, you’re more likely to feel a sense of completion and be motivated to achieve your fitness goals. Plus, it feels good!

Find us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram for more healthy Monday tips, news, and suggestions to achieve your fitness goals!

Halloween Walk is Thursday, October 25

Join Decatur Active Living for a Halloween Walk this Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 pm.

Update: Unless it is raining at 7:15 pm, the walk will still happen! Don’t let the threat of a few raindrops scare you off!

The walk will be led by members of the Active Living Pedestrian Committee and visit decorated homes in Decatur neighborhoods. All ages are welcome. Participants will receive glow sticks and necklaces so they can “Be Safe and Be Seen!” Feel free to wear your costume!

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Calling all Adorable Dogs….


From our friends at Decatur Booster Club:

Do you have an adorable dog who needs his/her 15 minutes of FAME?

We are looking for the dog who will be the face of the race for the 2019 Run with the Dogs 5K.

 Contest Rules:

  1.  Register for the event at Applicants must be registered in order to win.
  2.  Post a photo of your dog to or on Instagram with the hashtag #RWTD5K and add a hashtag that best describes your lovable dog. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @RWTD5k.
  3.  Photos can be submitted through Oct 26th.
  4. We will narrow it down to 4 dogs and create a poll for the community to decide the Face of the Race!
  5. The “Top Dog” will be named on Monday Nov. 5th.

This event benefits Decatur High and Renfroe Middle School athletic teams by providing uniforms and equipment for over 850 athletes.  Come out and support the Bulldogs and send us your dog photos and they could be the NEXT face of Run with the Dogs t-shirts!

Come have some fun on Saturday, January 12th. We want you and your adorable dog to come support this event!

Third Friday Bike Ride: Light up the Night!

b180d397e6Join Decatur Active Living for the October Third Friday Bike Ride on Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. This month’s theme is “Light up the Night!” and participants will receive free glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces. Be sure to have lights on your bike and wear something bright and/or reflective.

This month you will want to arrive early to visit with the GA Commute Options folks  who will be joining us from 5:30 – 6:30 pm with info and to get your glow goodies.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center. Wheels down at 6:30 pm. We will ride 6 miles and then retire to a local watering hole for refreshments. This is a  social paced no-drop ride. Not recommended for children.

Hop on your bike and join us! All are welcome.


Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk Coming Through Decatur on Friday


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The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk is coming through the City of Decatur this Friday, October 12. Thousands of women and men will come together in an amazing display of courage and commitment. They”ll walk 60 miles over the course of three days, each raising $2,300 or more in the fight to end breast cancer forever.

The walkers will arrive in Decatur coming down Sycamore Street  around the lunch hour, then they will pass the Old Courthouse and turn north to Clairemont Avenue. Come on out and cheer them on!

For more information about the 3-Day visit

International Walk & Roll Day is Wednesday: Drive Carefully

Wednesday is International Walk & Roll to School Day so be on the lookout for even more of our city’s schoolchildren walking and biking to school. Slow down and give children (and all pedestrians) the right of way.

In 2017 we had over 2400 children participating in grades pre-k through 8th grade, 60% of the enrollment. This year we expect even more children. If you are a parent, please encourage your child to walk or bike to school.

A special thanks to all of our school champions who encourage children to walk or bike to school. For more information about the program click here.

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Walking Past the Dead Tree Tour is October 13th!

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