Destress Monday: Managing Challenging Emotions

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There are times in life when powerful emotions can overwhelm you. But being swept away has its consequences. Uncontrolled anger can impact your relationships and even your health. You might feel your heart racing or tension in your body. Research suggests that anger may even be a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

So, how do you bring intense emotions under control? Acknowledge your feelings and restore calm with the simple ideas found here.

Glenn Creek Nature Preserve to be Inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network

On February 26th at 3 PM, Glenn Creek Nature Preserve in Decatur, GA will be formally inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network. Dr. Sarah Horsley, Network Manager of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will present a plaque to the City of Decatur and neighborhood volunteers recognizing the value of protecting the remaining patches of mature forest throughout the city. A short guided hike of the forest will follow the ceremony. Mayor Garrett will be on hand to accept the award.

Glenn Creek Nature Preserve will join a group of other Old-Growth Forest Network sites throughout metro Atlanta known as “The Original Forest of Atlanta.” The Preserve, which is owned by the City of Decatur and maintained by neighborhood volunteers, contains two acres of native Piedmont forest, including large tulip poplars and pines. Though the Preserve covers 2-acres, it serves as a haven for birds and native plants and connects to 60 acres of forest on private property, protecting a stretch of Glenn Creek and its watershed. In 2004, the City of Decatur purchased the property with $90,000 from the Governor’s Greenspace Program and $65,000 raised by the Glenn Creek Nature Preserve Alliance. Approximately a half-mile of natural trails allows visitors to explore this preserve.

The mission of the Old-Growth Forest Network (OGFN) is to connect people with nature by creating a national network of protected, mature, publicly accessible, native forests. The goal is to preserve at least one forest in every county in the United States that can sustain a forest, estimated to be 2,370 out of a total of 3,140 counties. OGFN’s program works to identify forests for the Network, ensure their protection from logging, and inform people of the forest locations. OGFN also educates about the extraordinary ecological and human wellness benefits of old-growth forests, and speaks out regarding immediate threats to specific ancient forests.

Founded in 2012, OGFN has over 115 forests in 24 states currently in the Network.  Glenn Creek Nature Preserve will join other DeKalb and Fulton County forests historically linked to Atlanta’s original forest cover in the “Original Forest of Atlanta”

States that have forests in the Network include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The full list of forests may be viewed at

Dr. Horsley states, “Each of these Atlanta area forest preserves are native Piedmont gems among our City in the Forest. As a Decatur resident, I appreciate the work of the City and community toward preserving these forests that are essential to our well-being and native biodiversity. The Old-Growth Forest Network grows from our network of dedicated forest preservationists.”  Interested volunteers are welcome to contact us through our website:

Do a Monday Mile for your Heart

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns:

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.

Here’s why just 30 minutes of walking a day can make a difference.

Score a Free Tree for Arbor Day!

Celebrate Black History Month

Every Black History Month, we tend to celebrate the same cast of historic figures. They are the civil rights leaders and abolitionists whose faces we see plastered on calendars and postage stamps. They resurface each February when the nation commemorates African Americans who have transformed America.

Click here to read about historic figures, such as Major Taylor, a fearless cyclist who broke world records in the early 1900’s.

Looking for some virtual activities to celebrate the month? Click here for some family activities including free yoga classes.

Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” developed Black History Month. Woodson, whose parents were enslaved, was an author, historian and the second African American to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard University. Read more here.

Clarity Fitness offers “Love Your Body Month” Activities

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Destress Monday: Take a Rainbow Walk

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This Monday, look to encourage the children in your life to embrace the concept of mindfulness. Although the idea may seem abstract at first, DeStress Monday has developed a number of tools that can help children, adolescents, and teenagers get a better grasp of how mindfulness practices should make them feel.

Start with these three simple practices.

Move It Monday: Get Fit Using Body-weight

From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Your most useful piece of fitness equipment is always close by. Yes, we’re talking about your body. Body-weight exercises, also known as calisthenics, are beneficial to people of all ability levels.

This Monday, try to boost your fitness routine with these 5 simple bodyweight exercises you can do anywhere.

Youth Lacrosse Registration Opens January 16

Decatur Active Living is excited to bring back Youth Lacrosse for Boys in grades 5 – 8 and Girls in grades 6 – 8. Practice begins on Saturday, January 30, and the league runs from February 20 until May 15.

Please note that we have a new software program that will require everyone to create a new household profile.

ALL families will need to set up a NEW Family Account in CommunityPass – the City’s new registration software.  You can do this by following the prompts at

COMPLETE both the Information and Release Form and the Health History Form for each participant. 

If you are not going to play lacrosse, but will play other sports feel free to create your household in advance.

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Move It Monday! The Benefits of a Home Workout

From our friends at The Monday Campaigns:

Once you start working out from home, you may never want to return to the gym again. Think about it: there’s no need to get in a cold car, change into gym clothes, wait for machines, or breathe in all those curious aromas.

This Monday, we’re breaking down all the benefits of a home workout, so that you can jump-start your physical activity regimen and meet your fitness goals without having to step foot in a gym.

Learn more about the benefits of a home workout and get started today.