City of Decatur Closed for Presidents Day

The City of Decatur  and Decatur Active Living will be closed on Monday, February 17 in recognition of Presidents Day. We will reopen for business on Tuesday at 8 am.

Enjoy some fun facts about past presidents:

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Move It Monday: Loosen Up Those Rusty Joints

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From our friends at MoveItMonday.org:

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the best way to manage and mitigate the symptoms of arthritis is by incorporating more movement — be it carefully — into your daily routine.

Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that leads to inflammation, stiffness, swelling, and pain throughout the body and joints. The condition can be agonizing and disruptive, especially when trying to be physically active.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, when it comes to staying active with arthritis, initially approach workouts with a degree of caution and awareness, and consult a doctor or physician if you have any questions or uncertainties.

Whether you have arthritis, or simply suffer from the occasional achy joint, warm-ups, dynamic stretches, yoga, walking, and other low-impact exercises are your friends – just remember to limit your range of motion and pace yourself to reduce the risk of injury.

Check out our list of low-impact workouts and get moving this Monday.

Decatur Youth Council “Generational Jig” is February 29

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Bike Month Poster Contest Returns

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February is Love My Bus Month!

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February is Love My Bus Month and all month long the goal is to get students to love riding the bus to and from school. Encourage your child to ride the bus once a week or every day to decrease carpool line traffic around schools and around the City.

The school bus is important not only because it’ safe, cuts down on traffic congestion, and reduces air pollution, but riding the bus is also a time for students to bond with their peers and increases the likelihood that students will arrive at school on time and ready to learn!

School Bus Safety Tips

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February is American Heart Month – Find Some Time to Walk Today!

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

February is American Heart Month and we’re highlighting some of the positive impacts physical activity can have on your heart. Being more active can offer many benefits to your health. It can help reduce stress, build muscles, and increase your endurance. It can also boost your heart health! Walking is something many of us do every day, several times a day. When it’s done for more than 30 minutes a day, it can be a great exercise for people at almost any level of fitness. It’s the first Monday of American Heart Month, so find some time to walk today!

Find out more about the heart health benefits of walking.

Celebrate Arbor Day on the Square and Get a Free Tree

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Walking Book Club Starts March 7

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Benefits of a Safe Routes to School Program

Did you know that the City of Decatur has had a Safe Routes to School program since 2005? Initially the program was coordinated by volunteer parent committees at each school. However, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s programs. Each month the parent “Champions” from each school meet with Decatur Active Living staff to share ideas, solve issues, and plan events and programs. We also work with staff from GA Safe Routes to School Resource Center and GA Commute Schools.

On International Walk and Roll to School Day in October 2019, 2556 children (or 64%) walked or biked to school! Our program keeps growing and includes all city of Decatur schools. Students at the high school work with GA Commute Schools to plan their own special walk to school and bike to school days, and even did a carpool day during the 2018-2019 school year.

Walking or biking to school has many benefits, as seen on the info-graphic below.

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Closing Early Tonight

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Decatur Recreation Center will close at 8 pm tonight.  Ebster Recreation Center will close at 6 pm.

Stay dry!

If you need a dry place to walk, come on over and walk on our elevated track. We will be back tomorrow morning at 8 am.