Join us Tuesday, September 7 at 11 a.m. at the Decatur Rec Center

In Our Own Voice is one of NAMI’s many signature programs. The program allows people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness to share their story. The purpose is to open the discussion on mental illness, to educate, and to present themselves as proof that a mental health diagnosis does not mean your life stops. In sharing their stories, they hope to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. The presentations are virtual due to the Pandemic and can be one hour long or shorter.

It’s also free of charge, and they will provide information about NAMI.

Mary is a former Police Officer and Paramedic, and Kay is a former Real Estate Agent. Once diagnosed with a mental illness their lives changed. They have fought to be Determined not to let their Diagnosis, Dictate one’s Destiny. Advocating with NAMI has allowed them to help others. During these uncertain times Covid-19 is not the only Pandemic. Mental Health is the new Pandemic that so many people are battling. Mary and Kay have been eliminating myths and helping to open the conversation on mental health.  

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 for questions

This week in Active Living

Move It Monday: The Many Benefits of Better Endurance

Move It Endurance

From our friends at the

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

Medicare 101

To register please contact Sara Holmes at

Move It Monday: Try Habit-Stacking

From our friends at the

We know what you’re thinking — what is habit stacking?

The idea behind habit stacking is simple: add a new behavior to your daily schedule by “stacking it” on top of an existing habit. The concept of habit stacking was pioneered by James Clear, author of the New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, and it is designed to help individuals incorporate more healthy behaviors into their lives without disrupting their normal routine. Seamlessly incorporating physical activity throughout the day can lead to weight loss and reduced instances of chronic illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension.

For example, many of us make coffee in the morning, and, whether you’re using a drip pot or French press, the brewing process takes between 5 – 10 minutes. During the time you wait for your coffee, you can easily add a new better-for-you behavior into your schedule, such as a few sets of high knees or a light jog-in-place.

By stacking enough of these habits, you’ll effectively incorporate a surprising amount of extra physical activity into your daily routine without even realizing it.

For ideas and to learn more, click here.

Third Friday Bike Ride is Friday, August 20

Join Decatur Active Living for this social-paced bike ride around Decatur neighborhoods. We bike approximately six miles and no-one will be left behind. Please wear a helmet and mask. This ride is not appropriate for children.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to put wheels down at 6:30 pm.