Touch a Truck Rescheduled

Due to the threat of thunderstorms we have rescheduled Touch a Truck for May 5th.

Mark your calendars and join us in May at the East Lake MARTA Station from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.



Sifu Tom Hardy Workshop at Decatur Recreation Center

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Update: This workshop has been cancelled.

Enhance your Tai Chi-Qigong practice with Sifu Tom Hardy. He will be conducting a workshop at Decatur Recreation Center on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days.

For information and reservations contact Steve Dorage at 404-617-0071 or Spaces must be reserved by March 15th.

FREE Family Day at Oakhurst Pool March 17

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National Nutrition Month: “Go Further With Food”

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“Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018 National Nutrition Month, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further and by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you “Go Further with Food”, while saving both nutrients and money.

  1. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  2. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  3. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  4. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  5. Continue to use good food safety practices.
  6. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.

No Water At Decatur Recreation Center: Updated – Water is Back On!

The Decatur Recreation Center does not have any water at this time.

We have cancelled all programs and open gym until further notice.

Check back for updates.


Water is on and we are open for business!

GA Walk & Roll Day is Tomorrow, March 7


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On Wednesday, March 7, children in the City Schools of Decatur will participate in the annual Georgia Walk & Roll to School Day. In 2017, over 1500 children in Decatur participated by walking or rolling to school. Let’s beat that number in 2018!

Did you know?
Decatur has had an active Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program since 2005.

The program won the Golden Shoe Award from PEDS for Pedestrian Friendly School System.

In 2008 the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s program.

Thanks to our wonderful parent “school champions” who keep the children motivated to walk or bike to school. Parents not only encourage children to participate in the program, but offer walking  school buses on special walk days and greet the children at the school with incentive items such as bracelets and stickers.

Be on the lookout for our walkers and rollers and drive safely!

For more information on SRTS in Decatur, click here.

March is National Nutrition Month


From our friends at Move It Monday:

When you’re getting ready for your next workout, remember that you’ll need to fuel up before and after you get moving. The right foods will help you get the most out of any exercise you choose to do and help your body recover when it’s over. This Monday, make sure your grocery list includes nutritious foods that will do your body good!

Even if you stick to low-impact exercise, eating the right kind of nutritious foods will help optimize your workout and get you in shape to come back for more. When it comes to fitness, think carbs! Carbohydrates are the key to fueling your workouts and helping you recover later. As a pre-workout food, reach for fruits and vegetables or whole grains. Save protein for after your workout since it digests more slowly and might slow you down.

One thing to do before, during, and after your workout is hydrate. The best choice is always water! You can also blend your water with fruit juice to give it a boost of natural carbohydrates. It’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, even if you don’t break a sweat.

If you do engage in exercise that is more high-impact, pay closer attention to the foods you eat as well as staying hydrated. Vigorous activity will make you sweat and you’ll have to replace the water you lose. Increase your usual water intake and eat hydrating fruits and vegetables like watermelon, celery, cucumbers, and strawberries. One excellent option post-workout is milk, which not only provides the benefits of hydration but also contains protein to repair your muscles.

Starting a healthy diet and regular exercise this Monday will not only benefit your physical health, they can provide the energy that you need to power through your busiest days!

Bike Month Poster Contest: Deadline is March 9

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Destress Monday: Stop Stress in Its Tracks


There are many reasons to learn how to manage your daily stress, mostly because stress generally disrupts our day. But the physical symptoms of stress may be causing bigger problems than just a distraction. This Monday is a perfect opportunity to start incorporating a few simple practices into your day that can stop stress before it affects your physical health.

February is American Heart Month and it’s good to be aware of how stress affects heart health. Your body reacts to stress by releasing adrenaline, which can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Left unmanaged, that can lead to damage to your cardiovascular system. Other coping behaviors that may be less healthy choices – such as drinking, smoking, or overeating – can lead to heart-related problems.

However, there are easy ways to stop stress in its tracks before it can cause you or your heart any problems. Once you have identified a stressful situation, try to find a way to step aside for a moment. All you need is a quiet minute by yourself to take a few deep breaths and clear your head. If you can, sit in a chair or lean against a wall and close your eyes. As you breathe in and out, repeat the words “in” and “out” to correspond with your breath. Make this your only focus for at least a minute. You can also use a visual aid to help you change your focus from your stress to calm.

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Celebrate Arbor Day With a Free Tree

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