How to Bike in the City

Enjoy this video with tips on how to bike in the city……be sure to wear a helmet!

Tour deCatur is Coming Up!

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REGISTER FOR THE TOUR DECATUR!
Lace up your running shoes for Decatur’s biggest 5K race on Saturday, March 11. The Tour DeCatur will also include the one-mile fun run and the always adorable Tot Trot, so the whole family can participate. Sign up here to run or walk.  Sign up here to volunteer.

8:30am – 1-mile Fun Run begins
9 am – 5k Road Race begins
10 am – Tot Trot (4 and under). Gather at the end zone closest to the PAC.
10:05am – Beat the Doc! 
The prize ceremony will begin at 10:15am on the plaza in front of the cafeteria.

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Tour de Catur is one of the participating races in the Team Decatur Grand Prix Series. More information is at decaturga.com/teamdecatur.

 

REGISTRATION AND NUMBER PICK-UP INFO:

Due to the large number of participants this year, we will offer you the opportunity to pick up BOTH your Tour deCatur race number and your event T-shirt in advance of the race on either Thursday, March 9th OR Friday, March 10 (for 5k, 1 mile and Tot Trot).  Picking up your number and shirt in advance will allow you to bypass the lines on Saturday morning and go straight to the football field at Decatur High School, which will be the waiting area for both the 1-mile and 5k races. If you are NOT able to pick up prior to race day, same-day registration and number pick-up will open at 7:30am in the new cafeteria.

Race number and t-shirt pick up will take place THURSDAY, March 9 from 4-7pm at Fleet Feet Decatur, 431 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue. You can park in the First Christian Church parking lot across from the Post Office or on the street in front of the toddler park just down from Fleet Feet.

Race number and T-shirt pick up will take place FRIDAY, March 10 from 4:00-6:30pm at the Tour deCatur EXPO at Ebster Recreation Center, 404 W. Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030.  Students from City Schools of Decatur won’t want to miss the chance to see their favorite teachers take a pie in the face at the EXPO.

Please note: If you register after Feb. 25, an event t-shirt is NOT guaranteed. T-shirts are included with the adult registration, or can be purchased for an additional fee with the youth registration (adult sizes only). Youth participants receive race finisher medals.

 

March is National Nutrition Month: Put Your Best Fork Forward

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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!

Active Adult March Newsletter

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Move It Monday: Play Some Tunes

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Working out with music has been shown to help one to keep pace, elevate one’s mood, and make one want to move! Find and play those tunes that put you ‘in the zone’. (Source: Huffington Post)

For more information on living healthy, visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

 

Grandstories: A Book for Grandparents Written by Grandchildren

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Photo from The Champion Free Press

We had the pleasure of meeting with young entrepreneurs Aishvarya and Vaishali Prahald, authors of the book Grandstories. Talk about impressive little girls! The girls wanted know more about their grandfather and their idea became a book. The book is designed for grandparents to fill in their history and pass on the book to future generations.

The girls began by selling the books to their neighbors and soon sold out. After a year of selling the books, Grandstories has been shipped to 18 countries!  The only continent where the book has not been sold is Antarctica. The girls give 10 percent of the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association at Emory.

Watch this video to learn more about the girls and their project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1694697132/grandstories

Read more about the girls in The Champion.

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Vaishali, Mom Neeraja, Aishvarya and Active Living’s Greg White talk about Grandstories.

 

 

 

 

 

Bike Rodeo on March 11!

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Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, March 11 for our first 2017 Bike Rodeo! Learn safety skills, have your bike and helmet checked, and have some fun! This event is free to the community and everyone is welcome.

Bicycle South will join us and provide bike safety checks.

Bike Safety Poster Contest Returns

May is National Bike Month and Decatur Safe Routes to School invites children in participating schools to enter Decatur’s second annual Bike to School Month poster contest.

We invite children in grades k – 8 to design a poster illustrating bike safety. For example, the poster could show a child using hand signals, or it could stress the importance of wearing a helmet. Creativity is encouraged!

A panel of judges will select four winners who will receive a gift certificate from Bicycle South, the contest sponsor. Judging will be based on creativity, inclusion of bike safety theme, and originality. Age and grade will play a factor in the judging. The winning posters will be made into posters to be displayed throughout the City during May. Winners will also be recognized at the City Commission meeting in May and poster art will be featured in the May Decatur FOCUS magazine.

Deadline is March 10. Entries are to be turned in at the student’s school by 3 pm.

For more information on how to enter and the registration form please visit decaturga.com/srts or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com. Entry forms will also be available at each participating school.

Here are last year’s winning posters…..

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Take a Tour of the Decatur Farmer’s Market

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Decatur Active Living Lunch and Learn: “Thinking Outside the Box!”

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