Take a Walk With Decatur Active Living

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Third Sunday Stroll
This month’s stroll will be on Sunday, March 19 at 2pm. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a stroll through downtown with members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee.


Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk
Discover Decatur at night with a walk through the City. Walkers receive a free light to wear and keep to “Be Safe and Be Seen”. Meet in front of Decatur Recreation Center at 7:30 pm.

50+ Walks
Join Sara, our Adult Program Supervisor, for thees weekly walks. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center at 10 am. Walks average 3 miles and travel through various parts of the City.

Walk With a Doc
These walks have moved to the second Saturday of the month and leave the Decatur Recreation Center at 10 am. Next walk is April 8.

For more information on walking in Decatur, visit http://www.decaturga.com/walking.

March is National Nutrition Month: Put Your Best Fork Forward


Information from Active Living Board Member Shelly Head:

March is National Nutrition Month! This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” meaning you can make healthy eating changes one forkful at a time. Did you know that taking even small steps towards eating healthier can add up to big improvements in your health? Here are some things you can do to ease into healthier eating:

  • Add a serving of vegetables to your lunch and dinner. Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that can reduce risk for some diseases.
  • Replace saturated fats with heart-healthy fats. Cook foods in olive oil instead of butter, swap meat for fish, and stick with low-fat dairy foods.
  • Go meatless one day a week and try some vegetarian protein sources such as beans, eggs, and tofu. Eating less meat is good for your health and the environment!
  • Make at least half your grains whole, choosing whole wheat bread, unprocessed oats, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and even ancient grains whenever possible. Whole grains are high in fiber, which helps keep us full, aids in digestion, and even fends off heart disease. Over the course of the month we’ll be sharing more nutrition tips like these to help you put your best fork forward!

It’s Walk-tober : Come Walk With Us!

There are lots of opportunities to walk with Decatur Active Living this month!

Walk With a Doc is held every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Meet us in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a three mile walk. Sometimes we have a Doc and sometimes we don’t – we always walk! If it is raining, we can walk the elevated track in the gym.


Third Sunday Walk is October 16th at 1:30 p.m. and features Mayor Patti Garrett taking us on her 10,000 steps walk that is featured in a Visitor’s Center brochure. . Meet in Harmony Park and be sure to bring a water bottle.

Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. and is a Halloween themed walk! Walk by  homes decorated for the holiday as you meet new friends and get your walk on. The walk lasts approximately one hour. Be sure to wear something bright so you will “Be Safe and Be Seen.” Walkers will receive a special light to wear and keep. Feel free to dress in costume! Let’s have some fun.




Last year’s October “Bright at Night” walkers

Learn about Pedestrian Safety at the Concerts on the Square!

bright-at-night-artThe Pedestrian Advisory Committee of the Active Living Board will be at the Saturday Concerts on the Square all month to provide tips on being “safe at night”. Visit the orange Active Living tent for ideas, information and more!

We encourage you to walk or bike to the Concerts and be sure to wear something bright and/or reflective.

For more information on pedestrians visit decaturga.com/walking.



Fourth Thursday Walk is August 25

bright-at-night-artNight time is a great time to walk!

Join members of the Active Living Pedestrian Committee for this monthly “Bright at Night” walk. Walkers are encouraged to wear bright colors or reflective clothing so you can “Be safe and Be seen!” Participants will also receive a small light to wear and keep.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to walk at 7:30 p.m. Walks are around 3 miles and wind through Decatur neighborhoods.

More information on walking can be found at decaturga.com/walking or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.




Fourth Thursday Walk is Thursday, April 28

Walk decatur rev 15Spring has sprung and provides great weather for walking! Join members of the Pedestrian Advisory Board for an evening “Bright at Night” walk. The walk will be approximately three miles and wander through Decatur neighborhoods.

Meet at the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to walk at 7:30 p.m. We encourage you to wear either bright colors or something reflective. You will also receive a special light so you can Be Safe and Be Seen! FREE

For more information on walking in Decatur click here.

Walk Decatur Invites You to Walk!

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Third Sunday Stroll is April 17 at 2 p.m Learn about bees!

Join beekeeper and Decatur resident Stavros Garoufalidis on our next Sunday Stroll, April 17th at 2 p.m. We’ll begin at the Decatur Recreation Center, and then walk through Agnes Scott, the PATH trail, and into the Winnona Park neighborhood, and back to the Recreation center, noticing bee hives and activity along the way. Bring your bee questions!

Fourth Thursday “Bright at Night” Walk is April 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a brisk “Bright at Night” walk with members of the Pedestrian Committee. The walk begins at 7:30 p.m. Walkers will receive a free light to wear and keep. Wear something bright or reflective to be seen!

Sunday Strolls and Bright at Night walks are organized by the Pedestrian Committee of the Active Living Board. They do a great job volunteering their time and energy.  FREE to the community.

For more about walking in Decatur, click here.


Participate in the GA Marathon without having to run!

DSC06231For the tenth year, Decatur will host a water station for the Publix Georgia Marathon on Sunday morning, March 20. Decatur Active Living Board member Michael Harbin is coordinating volunteers for the water station.  Once again, we will provide water, Gatorade and encouragement to 3,000+ marathon participants as they pass through Decatur at the halfway point in their 26.2 mile personal challenge.

We need 35 energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to do the job properly.  The water station will be set up on Clairemont across from the Courtyard Marriott with Decatur DJ Bo Emerson providing the soundtrack! The music alone is worth it.  Volunteers arrive at 7:00 a.m. and are finished about 10:30 a.m. You will also receive a free GA Marathon t-shirt!

If you are up for a unique Sunday morning experience and for helping to show Decatur’s hometown hospitality to these marathoners, register as a volunteer for the City of Decatur Hydration Station 09 at http://www.doitsports.com/volunteer2/info.tcl?job_id=15515913. We hope to see you there!

Third Thursday Walk is February 25: New Start Location This Month

ar12502569298365Our Bright at Night walk this month takes us to the Oakhurst district.  Instead of our normal meeting place at the Decatur Recreation Center we will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Harmony Park (Located at the intersection of Oakview Road and East Lake Drive.)  We will walk for about an hour along the charming streets of this South Decatur neighborhood. Participants will receive a free Bright at Night light!

Harmony Park is located at the intersection of Oakview And Mead Roads in the Oakhurst business district. Thanks to the Pedestrian committee of the Active Living Board for coordinating this walk.

For more information on walking in Decatur, click here.

Third Sunday Stroll is January 17: Learn about water and the continental divide

DSCN9931Join the Decatur Active Living Board Pedestrian Advisory Committee’s third Sunday Stroll this Sunday, January 17th starting at 2 pm at the Decatur Recreation Center!

Jeff Bragg of the DeKalb Soil and Water Conservation Commission will lead us on a 1.5 hour walk looping across the sub-continental divide. He will tell us how DeKalb’s sewer system causes a massive transfer of water from the Chattahoochee (Gulf water) to the Altamaha (Atlantic water), will mention the routing of railroad lines and their impact, plus more environmental considerations involving inter-basin transfers of water.

The walk is free and everyone is welcome!

For more information on walking in Decatur, click here.