City of Decatur Recognized for Walkability

City of Decatur recognized for walkability

Downtown Decatur was recently featured on American City & County’s website as an example of a successful and thriving walkable community. City Manager, Peggy Merriss is featured in a wonderful interview on the American City and County’s website: discussing walkability in Decatur.


Healthy Monday-Get Creative



Recent studies show that creative and cultural activities increase happiness and mitigate stress, while decreasing depression and anxiety.  Activities that involve being active in the creative process are more beneficial than passive and receptive activities.  This week, experience your creative side.

Decatur High School Lady Bulldogs in State Basketball Action- Friday, February 21

The Decatur High School Lady Bulldogs(#2 seed) will be in action tomorrow night as the 1st round of the State Basketball Tournament tips off across the state.

Game time at the Spike is 6pm and the Lady Bulldogs will be playing against Elbert County.

Go Lady Bulldogs!!!!!

Decatur High School Basketball

Celebrate MLK Day in Decatur- Monday, January 20th.

thCAC8YCUK    2014  MLK Service Project

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday, January 20 by volunteering in Decatur- help a senior in Decatur with repairs or yard work.  Individuals and groups are welcome to make a difference.  MLK Weekend started today in Decatur and volunteers really completing some awesome task- roof repairs, porches, electrical work and yard work to name some of the accomplishments that will take place this weekend in Decatur.  If you would like to volunteer meet at the Solarium (321 West Hill Street, Decatur, GA 30030) for more details or

Believe in Your Buds


Did you enjoy long naps, nice cardigans, yoga or tax rebates as a toddler? Probably not. But how many of those do you enjoy now? Time changes us, and our taste buds, as we grow older.  Embrace your adulthood this week by trying a vegetable that you wouldn’t have touched as a child. Start slowly by adding it to a favorite dish. If it’s still not love at first bite, congratulate yourself for giving it a try anyway.

Decatur Active Living Basketball Clinic Conducted by Decatur High School Basketball Team

IMG_20131123_105406_837Youth Basketball Clinic 2013On this past Saturday morning Decatur Active Living offered a free basketball clinic for league participants at Decatur Recreation Center.  The clinic was coordinated by Stacy Green, Lindsey Struck, Decatur High School players and coaches. The high school players and coaches took the players through various fundamental basketball skills during the morning session.  Decatur Active Living regular season begins on Saturday, December 7 and follow the Decatur High Basketball program during the season.  The Decatur Tipoff Classic resumes tonight at the Decatur High School Gym with the following schedule:

7pm- Arabia Mountain vs Decatur (Girls)

8:30pm- Arabia Mountain vs Decatur (Boys)

Think Small, Save Big

nav_logo_hm[1]The size of our plate plays a large role in how much we eat. Studies have shown that the bigger the container, the more we are likely to consume.  The bottom of the bowl is a useful mental cue for us to stop eating or check if we’re full. Turns out smaller portions can be just as satisfying! This week, enjoy your meals on a salad plate or in a small bowl. If eating food out of a package, put it on a plate first.  This simple step can make all the difference in calories consumed!

Emory Students Volunteer to Make a Difference in Decatur (Adair Dog Park)

On this past Saturday 14 Emory students volunteered to make a difference in Decatur. The students came to Adair Dog Park and painted the white picket fence in front of the Adair Dog Park. The students did not know each other until they arrived at the site and this was the first time some of the students had a paint brush in their hand.   Special thanks to Kyle Morton, Decatur Active Living stafff member that did all of th prep work and pulled together all of the supplies so the project could be successful.  This project took place in collaboration with Emory Cares when Emory students, staff and alumni  volunteer around the world with various community projects.


In Memory of our City of Decatur Hometown Hero- Shirley Kendrick

Shirley Kendrick will be remembered as the resident with the big heart.  Shirley moved to Decatur in 1967 and served many roles in the community. She was the Cambridge Neighborhood Association President, assisted families with MARTA Cards, Christmas gifts, helped families in crisis and each Mother’s Day/Father’s Day she organized the community to take individuals with absentee family members to dinner.  She played a key role with Decatur Active Living operating the concession stand at Oakhurst, Decatur Recreation Center and McKoy since 1999. When there was little league game at Oakhurst you could count on her to have the concession up and running.  All proceeds she put back into the community with her Back to School Picnic at Oakhurst. Children in the community could get notebooks, paper, pencils, back packs and other school necessities.

In 2002 she was nominated as a Hometown Hero by Decatur Recreation and Community Services Department (presently known as Decatur Active Living).  People from all walks of life respect her ability to organize, problem solve and motivate others in the Decatur community.  Shirley thanks for serving Decatur and your legacy will always be remembered at Decatur Active Living.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Decatur Active Living Youth Soccer players show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at soccer games this past weekend.  Support Decatur Active Living activities. For more information visit:

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Breast Cancer- Youth Soccer.