Do you want Decatur to be a leader in the Atlanta Region’s local food movement?

Do you believe it’s important for your city to prioritize urban agriculture?

Your voice is needed at our upcoming Community Food Forum!

City of Decatur Community Food Forum

Saturday, December 11th, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

The City of Decatur applied to develop the Atlanta region’s second City Agriculture Plan in partnership with Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Regional Commission and has been chosen to move forward with the next step of the selection process – holding a Community Food Forum for Decatur residents. The Community Food Forum is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the City Agriculture Plan process, voice their support for a strong local food system, and ask questions.

The City Agriculture Plan program aims to bring local governments together with their communities to create plans incorporating urban agriculture and local food into the next phase of cities’ development. Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Regional Commission will select one city to develop a City Agriculture Plan in 2022. The Community Food Forums will inform the selection process by assessing the readiness and enthusiasm of each city to participate in the comprehensive and inclusive planning process.

All City of Decatur residents are encouraged to reflect on how support for local growers and increased access to local food and agricultural goods can enhance their vision for the City of Decatur’s growth and attend the forum to learn more. Register for the Forum here!

Just Keep Moving with Bobbie Elzey

Bobbie Elzey is living an extraordinary life. From a schoolteacher and dancer to a pioneer for dance aerobics, Bobbie has paved the way for many females in the health and fitness industry. Beginning her fitness journey in the 1970s at a local YMCA, she built a dance fitness program with five participants to 1,000 participants. She ventured her way to Russia to teach across the country and to judge the National Competition for Aerobics eventually making her way to teach in Decatur in 1985.
Bobbie has taught Dance Aerobics and Functional Exercise for Seniors with Decatur Active Living for the past 36 years. Bobbie quickly became a staple and champion for health and fitness as well as our older adult population. We had the opportunity to sit down with Bobbie to hear her advice on how to prioritize health and wellness, especially for the older adult population.

Bobbie’s Health and Wellness Advice:

  • Age and disease should not be a roadblock to exercise!
  • To be successful in staying active, be sure to find activities that you enjoy. Think about what fitness activity you enjoyed during your childhood and do that now.
  • Every day movement and balance is important. Older adult populations can develop muscle quickly and gain confidence.
  • Challenge yourself with movement, balance, and strength activities daily. Get up and get moving!

Just Keep Moving with Bobbie’s classes at Decatur Recreation Center. Visit our website to learn more about our programs and be sure to contact Bobbie at www.lzaerobics.com to learn about her weekly classes and pricing.

The Benefits of Walking!

Here at Decatur Active Living we love walking and seeing as how it’s Walktober we thought we’d share some benefits of walking from our friends over at Clarity Fitness. We got together with Abbey Griffith, owner and founder of Clarity Fitness and below are her thoughts on the wonderful benefits of walking!

Abbey Griffith
Owner, Founder, NASM CPT Clarity Fitness

As a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Gym Owner, and Eating Disorder Recoveree, I know that there is no one “best”, “right”, or “ideal” workout. What you do to workout, how long it lasts, the intensity, where it is, and so many other factors truly come down to what will be sustainable, flexible, and fun for you! You’ll not only find it easier to incorporate movement into your life longterm, but it won’t be something you dread and feel you “have” to do. Movement will be an act of kindness and respect for your body.

Let’s talk about walking. Walking in itself is an absolute blessing, privilege, and gift. To be able to stand our entire bodies over two tiny flaps of bone and muscle (feet), then coordinate our incredible bodies over top of them while propelling ourselves forward to where we want to go? Wow! For those who can’t walk, don’t worry, your body is just as phenomenal. Think about what all goes into reading this article – the neurons firing, your eyes tracing along these words, the cognitive behavior of processing the information – can we all agree that our bodies are beyond incredible?

Now that we’ve locked in gratitude for the vessels that will take us through our entire lifetime, let’s explore how we can treat them with the respect they deserve in regards to movement. Exercise is a tool to work with, not against, the body. It is our right to play with different types of movement and explore what brings light into our lives. Be it walking, dancing, lifting, running, climbing, swimming, etc. – it is movement, and it is enough. 

I so regularly hear people beating themselves up because they “should’ve” worked out harder, longer, or in a different way. Critical and scientifically untrue comments like, “I went on a walk, but my friends ran – they did so much better than me”, or “I only walked today – I’ll have to go for a run tomorrow”. 

Both running and walking are excellent forms of exercise, but it’s time to give walking the credit it deserves. Functional movement means that a movement is found in your regular day to day motions. Think about sitting down and standing up at your desk – a squat! Or bending over to pick up a pen you dropped – a deadlift! The most functional movement of all for the many of us who get around throughout our day to day this way – walking. A study on “Walking versus running for hypotension, cholesterol, and diabetes mellitus risk reduction” states that, “Equivalent energy expenditures by moderate (walking) and vigorous (running) exercise produced similar risk reductions for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, and [coronary heart disease].” In essence, running is not “better” at defending against major health complications than walking, especially if you would much rather walk.

Walking is also a great option for injury prevention, as running without appropriate shoes, progression, training, stretching, and recovery can more easily lead to injury than doing so in a walk (although also risky!). If you’re interested in or love running, go for it! However whether you’re walking or running, we always recommend form checks from a Certified Personal Trainer or Physical Therapist to keep you safe and feeling your best.

Last but not least, movement and mental health must be clearly connected. If running causes you anxiety, you dread your workouts on cardio day, or you just really love walking but feel like it’s not a “good enough” workout, explore that with a Health at Every Size, Eating Disorder Informed, and/or Body Positive Mental Health Provider or Personal Trainer. It is incredibly important to tailor movement around what works for you and your body on any given day, and it’s allowed to change regularly. 

Now, go play!

Decatur Parents Network hosting “The Science of Addiction Recovery” speaker series.

Join the Decatur Parents Network for National Recovery Month tomorrow, September 29th at 7pm via Zoom.. Hear from Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist , Susan Morley, about The Science of Addiction Recovery. Scan the QR code below to register for the speaker series.

Biketober starts next Friday!

Roll with us next month for Biketober! Check out our biking programs and don’t forget to sign up for our We Bike Decatur team with Love to Ride.

Terri Kruzan’s Dog Training for People

Terri & Blaky at Run with the Dogs

We sat down with our resident dog whisperer, Terri Kruzan, to talk about her passion for dog training and agility:

I work with people to help their dogs become confident and happy companions in our community. We all want to walk our neighborhood sidewalks with a calm dog by our side and be able to have a conversation with a friend without a pulling, barking dog at our feet. People seek me out for help with basic obedience skills, with separation anxiety and with reactivity to new people, dogs and things. The most common feedback I get from people is how they learned 15 minutes of mental stimulation is equal to 60 minutes of physical stimulation to calm their dog.

I work with people in their homes and with members of their household as well as in group classes through Decatur Active Living.  I am a long-term resident of Decatur and in my retirement, I followed my passion and became certified as a dog trainer through Animal Behavior College.  The name for my business came from my son and his friends who said just name your business after your approach that ‘people need to learn just as much as their dogs!’  Neighbors know and trust me and I chose to share my classes through the Decatur Active Living as a way to give back to my community.

Fall Classes are:

Dog Agility for Fun

Six-week course teaches your dog how to go over, through & on obstacles and how humans guide their dogs – a mentally & physically stimulating sport.

Starts on Thurs 9/23 at 5:45-6:45PM

Basic Dog Obedience

Six-week course focuses on learning basic dog obedience manners, as well as solving problem behaviors, such as jumping, pulling & barking.

Starts on Sat, 10/2 from 10-11 AM.

For questions, contact: Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113

Move It Monday: Try Habit-Stacking

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns.org:

We know what you’re thinking — what is habit stacking?

The idea behind habit stacking is simple: add a new behavior to your daily schedule by “stacking it” on top of an existing habit. The concept of habit stacking was pioneered by James Clear, author of the New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, and it is designed to help individuals incorporate more healthy behaviors into their lives without disrupting their normal routine. Seamlessly incorporating physical activity throughout the day can lead to weight loss and reduced instances of chronic illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension.

For example, many of us make coffee in the morning, and, whether you’re using a drip pot or French press, the brewing process takes between 5 – 10 minutes. During the time you wait for your coffee, you can easily add a new better-for-you behavior into your schedule, such as a few sets of high knees or a light jog-in-place.

By stacking enough of these habits, you’ll effectively incorporate a surprising amount of extra physical activity into your daily routine without even realizing it.

For ideas and to learn more, click here.

Third Friday Bike Ride is Friday, August 20

Join Decatur Active Living for this social-paced bike ride around Decatur neighborhoods. We bike approximately six miles and no-one will be left behind. Please wear a helmet and mask. This ride is not appropriate for children.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to put wheels down at 6:30 pm.

Move It Monday! Write Your Own success Story

From our friends at MondayCampaigns.org:

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!

Adult & Senior Programming is BACK!

We are thrilled to re-introduce adult and senior programming and cannot wait to see you there. Check out the image below to see our offerings for August. Be sure to contact Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com to register for programs.