COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, Today 10am-4pm

The City of Decatur and the Giving Kitchen are partnering to offer a local Vaccine Clinic.

Decatur Recreation Center

231 Sycamore Street, Decatur GA 30030

Pfizer Vaccine – First Dose: Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Second Dose: Thursday, September 23, 2021

J&J Vaccine – One Dose: Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register Here!

Walk-ins are also welcome

See attached flyer for full information

Fall/Winter Playbook 2021

The Playbook is back! Read it online for the latest activities, classes, and sports opportunities for children, teens, adults and seniors. Plus review important dates for after-school registration for the 2022-2023 school year.

View the playbook here.

Active Adult Newsletter – September 2021

Learn more about our programs by visiting our website by clicking here or check out the latest issue of our Fall/Winter Playbook!

Contact Gael Doyle at gael.doyle@decaturga.com for questions

This week in Active Living

Move It Monday: The Many Benefits of Better Endurance

Move It Endurance

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns.org:

Have you ever been winded after a bike ride, found yourself panting during a run, or felt tired after climbing the stairs?

The way your body responds to physical excursion is linked to your level of endurance. Endurance, along with balancestrength, and flexibility, makes up the four core elements of personal fitness. Endurance exercises are also commonly referred to as aerobic exercises because they require the pumping of oxygenated blood to the working muscles. Aerobic exercises cause you to breathe faster and more deeply while also raising your heart rate.

Healthy adults should aim to get 150 to 300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. Incorporating regular aerobic workouts into your weekly fitness routine can help you stay healthy by reducing the risk of major health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Endurance training can be intimidating at first, especially if you haven’t attempted a lot of medium-intensity workouts in the past, but you’ll be glad to know that aerobic exercises encompass a broad range of activities including speed walking, jogging, running, biking, swimming, dancing, kickboxing, or team sports like basketball, soccer, and football.

So where should you start?

Building up your endurance can be fun as long as you take it slow and safe. First, make sure the body is warmed up by taking a short walk or jog before engaging in any form of aerobic exercise. Next, start with 10-15 minutes of an aerobic exercise of your choosing such as jogging, swimming, or spinning on a stationary bike. Afterwards, take stock of how you feel and listen to your body; you don’t want to over exert yourself. Remember to take it one day at a time, and continue building upon your progress by increasing the time or intensity of your aerobic workouts.

To learn more, click here

Free COVID-19 Vaccines

The City of Decatur along with CORE and The Giving Kitchen have partnered up to provide free COVID-19 Vaccines on September 2, 2021. This vaccine event will take place at the Decatur Recreational Center, 231 Sycamore Street from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Two vaccine choices will be offered, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Pfizer is a two dose vaccine and the second dose will offered on September 23, 2021. Walk-ups are welcome or you can register at Dekalbvax.coreresponse.org

Medicare 101

To register please contact Sara Holmes at Sara.Holmes@decaturga.com

Planning on Retiring? Register for classes now!

The Retirement Guy is hosting several virtual educational classes. Check out the graphic below to see times and descriptions. Reach out to Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com to register for each class.

Decatur is a GOLD Walk Friendly Community!!

The City of Decatur has been recognized by the Walk Friendly Communities Program as a Gold Level Walk Friendly Community (WFC) for its commitment to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. Decatur has previously been recognized as Silver Walk Friendly Communities, and the new designation demonstrates a sustained commitment to prioritizing people on foot. Decatur is the smallest city of its size to achieve Gold recognition!

“As an avid walker and former Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, I am extremely proud of the efforts of the city of Decatur to earn the designation of a Gold Walk Friendly city,” said Mayor Patti Garrett.” The benefits of walking, to both physical and mental health, are well-documented and have been especially important over the last year.”

WFC is a national recognition program developed to encourage cities and towns across the United States to develop and support walking environments with an emphasis on safety, mobility, access and comfort. Sponsored by FedEx and managed by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC), the program distinguishes communities leading the way in walkability and seeks to share their stories to inspire other communities to move toward their own innovative solutions. In the 11 years since the program began, it has recognized 78 cities across 32 States with Walk Friendly designations.

Highlights of Decatur’s application include:

  • Despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19, the City was able to continue numerous outreach efforts and public events that encourage people to walk. These events include FAB First Friday, Walk There! Decatur events, and a range of other encouragement campaigns to promote active transportation and health.
  • The City updated its Community Transportation Plan in 2018, which drives its investment in walking and pedestrian-oriented programs. The chapters devoted to pedestrians and bicyclists address existing services for these users, as well as priority networks and a list of recommended improvements and policies.
  • Decatur updated its shared parking ordinance to reduce parking minimums and set new maximums for parking. They are incentivizing mixed-use developments with shared parking allowance, in one case reducing 510 spaces to 350 spaces.
  • For a small community, Decatur has a dense and walkable core where nearly all trips are possible on foot. Their community is well connected to other destinations throughout the metro Atlanta region by MARTA transit services, and the City’s transit stations are optimized for bicycling and walking connections.
  • Connections to regional destinations are at the center of the City’s partnership with the PATH Foundation, which was formalized with the Decatur PATH Foundation Connectivity and Implementation Plan. This collaboration is working toward nearly ten miles of bicycle and pedestrian trail improvements along seven segments that will create critical regional connections to Decatur.
  • Decatur has had a strong Safe Routes to School program since 2005, when it participated in a pilot program with GDOT.

World Tai Chi – Qigong Day- Free class at Legacy Park

If it is raining, the class will be held entirely on Zoom. Be sure to email sjdorage@gmail.com for the Zoom id and password.