October Outdoor Classes and Fun!

Free Classes on the Square

Tai Chi/Qi Gong – Tuesdays, 9 -10 am, on the Square.
Class is limited to 10. Masks and registration are required. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8ab29a2ff2-taichi

Yoga – Friday, 9 -10 am on the Square.
Class is limited to 10.Masks and registration are required. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8ab29a2ff2-yoga

Wellness Wednesday – Wednesday, 2 – 3 pm on the Square.
Fun and exercise for elementary age children, limited to 10. Masks and registration required. Contact Stacy.Green@decaturga.com to reserve your spot.

Outdoor Walking Group is back! Wednesday, 9 am
Join Sara for a socially distanced 2-3 mile walk around Decatur neighborhoods. Masks and registration are required. Limited to 10 walkers. Register here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E48A9AD2BAAFB6-decatur

Introduction to Dog Obedience Training – Saturday, October 24  – Old Courthouse Square
This one time class introduces the basics of training dog obedience cues and polite manners to your dog.  Dogs must be at least 5 months old. The focus will be on learning and practicing the fundamental dog behaviors of Sit/Watch/Stay/Release.  This class is not appropriate for dogs reactive to other dogs on a leash. For questions contact Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113. Please register through Rectrac.

New! Mobile Rec Center
Decatur Active Living is to offering small group activities  directly in Decatur neighborhoods. Staff will re-introduce recreational games and activities that are fun  such as hula hoops, corn hole, ladder toss, jump rope and hopscotch. Each game will follow social distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be given to each participant and masks will be required. Limited to 10 children per visit.
To find out when the Mobile Rec Center is coming to your neighborhood and to register, visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054EA4A62CAAFE3-mobile.

Paid Outdoor Classes

 Tai Chi Flow – Saturday, 11 am – Legacy Park
For those already familiar with Yang-style Tai Chi 24 forms, this is an internal advancing Tai Chi class.  To join this class one must have permission from the Instructor, Stephen Dorage, 404-617-0071.  This class explores the myriad possibilities to assure one’s Tai Chi form practice flows like water, and one maintains connectivity throughout.  

Tai Chi-Qigong  – Saturday, 9:30 a.m.  – Square
A fun way to de-stress and regain health, balance and fitness. Join your neighbors and friends at Decatur’s newest park – Legacy Park – for beginner’s Tai Chi-Qigong.  These ancient internal arts are full body, brain and energy cleansing and enhancing methods.  Come out and try the process and see how it works for you!  Contact Neil Norton for further information and to register, 404-271-6526.  

Youth Karate – Wednesday, 6 pm; Saturday, 11:30 am – Decatur Rec Oval
 Registration is now open, class limit is 8 students Social distancing guidelines will be followed and masks are required. This is a no touching class by teacher or fellow students. Contact Sensei Adesi (adesi2274@comcast.net)  for information.
Classes start on Saturday October 3rd or Wednesday October 7th, depending on registration.
 Use your household ID and password to register with this link,

Basic Dog Obedience Training
Terri’s Training for Dogs and People
Saturdays, November 7, 14 & 21 from 10 – 11 AM
$84 for the 3-week session
This 3-week class helps owners work together with their dogs to become confident and happy companions.  The focus is on learning and practicing basic dog obedience manners as well as solving behavioral problems such as jumping, pulling & barking.  The course will also focus on ways to stimulate your dog’s brain to build your dog’s confidence and calmness.  Dogs need to be at least 5 months old and have all their vaccinations.  The class is outdoors and limited to 5 dog/human teams – humans will need to wear masks at all times – no sharing of training equipment – and we will practice social distancing of 6-10 ft of separation between participants. This class is not appropriate for dogs reactive to other dogs on a leash. For questions contact Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113..Register here: https://webtrac.decaturga.com/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=AR&xxtype=SENOR&wbsi=e282e3ac-f030-3db7-7114-e9cacc6da98d

Biketober -FREE
Sign up to be part of the Atlanta Bike Challenge in OCtober. You could win some great prizes.It doesn’t matter how far you ride, just that your ride!  Learn more and register at atlbikechallenge.com

September 30 is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Wednesday is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, a nation-wide effort to focus attention on the importance of regular exercise and healthy living for women.

12 Ways to celebrate the day, from Health.com:

1. Try a new sport. Spinning in the pool? Why not? Mixing up your workout can be good for your bod.

2. Get your thyroid checked. A sluggish or hyperactive thyroid can wreak havoc on your concentration, mood, and weight—-and can go undetected for years.

3. Eat some superfoods! You may not be Superwoman (well not every day), but you can eat superfoods. We’re talking broccoli, apples, turnips—-and lots of other good stuff you can find at your local farmer’s market. Try superfoods that can help you lose weightfight colds, boost your heart health, and even live longer.

4. Take a nap. You know it’s good for you, so here’s how to power-nap like a pro. New research is shedding light on the health benefits of sleep, which is good for your heart, mind, weight, and more.

5. Ask a friend to work out. Not only will exercising be more fun, but research has shown that working out with a pal can help you stay motivated and lose more weight than those who go solo. Please practice safe distancing and/or wear your mask.

6. Give yourself a healthy beauty treatment. Try these DIY food facials or find out how to check yourself for skin cancer.

7. Eat for your bones. A healthy diet can go a long way towards helping you get enough calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones healthy and strong.

8. Stay hydrated. Not a fan of the 8-glasses-of-water-a-day rule? Try these 15 juicy, water-filled foods.

9. Toast up some squash seeds! Chock full of nutrients and crunch, these little seeds will become a healthy addiction. Here’s how to toast squash seeds, which are rich in iron, fiber and zinc.

10. Rub out stress with a massage. While a little bit of stress is fine for the body, prolonged stress can take a toll on your body, including weight gain, hair loss, and blood sugar swings.

11. Give your back a break. Try lightening up your bag, or making other changes to help your back. And don’t forget to add back-strengthening moves to your workout to stop problems before they get started.

12. Eat some chocolate. May we suggest these chocolate ricotta muffins? Not only does chocolate (the dark kind) have all sorts of health benefits, letting yourself savor the foods that give you pleasure is one of the healthiest things a woman can do, according to Sue Ann Gleason of Consciousbitesnutrition.com.

Biketober Starts in Three Days!

Biketober starts on Thursday, October 1st. Get ready to ride and shine! 

What’s Biketober all about? We want more people in Atlanta to rediscover riding and how it can make them healthier and happier.

How can I take part? You can take part in three ways – with a workplace, in a social team of up to eight riders or as an individual. 

Companies will compete for total points against others of a similar size – both across Atlanta and within your industry.

Social teams of up to eight riders will compete across three leaderboards for the most riding points, encourager points and total points. You can take part with a company AND with a social team.

Want to ride solo? No problem. You can compete on individual leaderboards and will enter the general prize drawings.

How can I win? It’s all about points! Logging rides and encouraging others will earn you points and help your company and social team climb the leaderboards. 

What can I win? We have an Edison Electric bike to give away as well as tons of great gear, restaurant vouchers and more! Plus, everyone who signs up before October 1 will be entered to win a $1,000 gift card from REI!

Ride anytime, anywhere in October – all rides count!

You don’t have to commute to work to take part, all types of outdoor rides count. You can ride wherever and whenever you want. 

Dance Your Way to Better Fitness

From our friends at #MoveItMonday:

We dance to celebrate; we dance to express ourselves; but we can also dance to improve our conditioning and to get into better shape. Dancing — whether it be hip-hop, tango, or jazz —is an excellent form of aerobic exercise that’s easy to do and accessible to all ages, abilities, and fitness levels. Even the US Department of Health and Human Services is on board, citing dancing as a useful way to help meet the physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity.

Plus, if you work on your skills, you’ll be able to impress friends and family at the next shindig. 

Read more here.

Not sure where to start? Try this Dance Workout for Dummies on YouTube.

New StoryWalk at Glenlake Park

Lauren Tennyson, Children’s Librarian at Decatur Branch

Thanks to Lauren Tennyson, the Children’s Librarian at the Decatur Library, we have a new StoryWalk at Glenlake Park. The story is posted along the trail on the east side of the park. This month’s book is The World is Not a Rectangle, by Jeannette Winter.

StoryWalk® was created by Anne Fergusan of Montpelier, VT. StoryWalks have been installed in 50 states and 12 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea!

Read more about StoryWalks here.

Parent Chat Session: Self-Care is Important

From Live Healthy DeKalb:

Dealing with COVID, a long summer and virtual learning? Join the parent chat session and receive support, information and self-care items.

For more information and to register, contact Teresa Wright-Johnson at (770) 568-0572.

It’s National Dogs in Politics Day!

From NationalToday.com:

For National Dogs in Politics Day on September 23 we celebrate The First Dog of the United States (FDOTUS), who holds an important place in the hearts of all Americans. Dogs and other pets have a long history of living in the White House; they have endeared us to their owners (the First Families) and have even swayed the vote of animal lovers with interests in the rights of their furry friends.

Learn more about the history of man’s best friend and their role in politics today as well as some fun activities to celebrate the day.

Do you know which president is rumored to have kept a pet alligator in the White House?

“Bike There” This Week

From the League of American Bicyclists:

This September 21-27, and specifically on September 22, we are encouraging everyone to Bike There, wherever that there may be. Bike to Work, yes. Bike with friends, yes. Bike to an errand, yes. Bike to a Bicycle Friendly Business, yes. Bike around your neighborhood and back to your home, yes. Any bike, anywhere, it all counts. We just want to bike together and inspire each other to do this simple act that means so much to our lives and our future. 

Share photos of your solo or family rides on social media using #BikeThere and #BikesUnite and share the joy biking brings you. Show us, show the world, show your neighbors the power of bicycling. By sharing your “reason to ride” on social media and encouraging friends and family across the country to go by bike, we can experience the joy of biking together even as we keep our distance. 

Celebrate Climate Week by Going Plant-Based

Kick-off Climate Week with Meatless Monday and learn more about how you can help fight climate change by attending virtual Climate Week NYC events September 21st – 27th. Share climate-friendly eating tips and info with your friends and family. #EatforClimateWeek

If you can’t go all week without meat, try it for a few days or a few meals.

Biking Benefits the Environment

Biking not only benefits your health, but it also benefits the environment. Biking instead of using a car can be a useful step in reducing your carbon footprint and preserving the environment.

Transportation accounts for more than half of the carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides emitted into the air, with the average U.S. car emitting a pound of carbon dioxide per mile from burning fuel. By opting to bike, you are saving fossil fuel and reducing the number of cars on the road. Fewer cars relieves congestion and traffic and of a need for new parking lots and roadways, and more potential locations for public green spaces. Bicycles can use existing infrastructure, without demanding too much in terms of road construction and parking spaces. Bikes are also quiet, which means no honking or obnoxious noise pollution.

Third, biking around our neighborhoods gives us a greater appreciation for the surrounding natural beauty. By choosing to Move It Monday by biking, you are embracing the outdoors, appreciating the environment, all the while bettering your own health.