Don’t forget – Get your Flu shot today at Decatur Recreation Center.

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Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk Coming Through Decatur on Friday

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Photo from The3Day.org

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk is coming through the City of Decatur this Friday, October 12. Thousands of women and men will come together in an amazing display of courage and commitment. They”ll walk 60 miles over the course of three days, each raising $2,300 or more in the fight to end breast cancer forever.

The walkers will arrive in Decatur coming down Sycamore Street  around the lunch hour, then they will pass the Old Courthouse and turn north to Clairemont Avenue. Come on out and cheer them on!

For more information about the 3-Day visit The3Day.org.

Get your Flu Shots at Decatur Recreation Center this Friday, the 12th, from 9:30am – 11:30am. See you there!

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International Walk & Roll Day is Wednesday: Drive Carefully

Wednesday is International Walk & Roll to School Day so be on the lookout for even more of our city’s schoolchildren walking and biking to school. Slow down and give children (and all pedestrians) the right of way.

In 2017 we had over 2400 children participating in grades pre-k through 8th grade, 60% of the enrollment. This year we expect even more children. If you are a parent, please encourage your child to walk or bike to school.

A special thanks to all of our school champions who encourage children to walk or bike to school. For more information about the program click here.

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Halloween Haunted House, Grand Finale!

Join us for the grand finale of our Halloween Haunted House event at Decatur Rec. This is our 10th and final year, so you won’t want to miss the scary fun!

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4th/5th Grade Halloween Dance, RSVP Now!

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Walking Past the Dead Tree Tour is October 13th!

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The Bicycle is Born

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Like many of the world’s greatest inventions, the machine that gave rise to what we know as the bicycle was born of necessity. A string of poor harvests in Europe from 1812 led a German civil servant to develop a human-powered form of transportation to counter the reliance on horses, which were in short supply due to a scarcity of animal fee. Karl von Drais christened his 1817 invention the Laufmaschine (running machine), after the swift walking movement required of the rider in order to propel it forward.

Although his invention lacked pedals, Drais’ breakthrough was the realization that forward motion and balance could be maintained on just two wheels, an idea that he attributed to watching ice skaters. The Laufmaschine – also call the draisine, velocipede, or dandy horse –  quickly caught on, sparking a craze across Europe. By the 1820s, however, it had died out because of safety concerns.

The idea was revived in the 1860s, when pedal cranks were added to the front wheel of a velocipede in Paris. The inventor of this revolutionary improvement is not known – several claims were made in subsequent decades, none were proven beyond a doubt – but the first manufacturer to produce such machines on a organized scale was  Pierre Machaux, in 1867. Like Drais’ Laufmaschine before it, the pedal velocipede – soon named the “boneshaker” after its jarring ride – was instantly popular. For the first time, people could propel themselves while balancing on two wheels, with their feet off the ground. The bicycle was born!

-From Bicycle, The Definitive Visual History

Move it Monday: This Monday, Ink it in!

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From our friends at Move It Monday

Exercise is vital to a healthy life. But, it can be difficult to make time for it with a busy schedule. This week we share some ideas to fit fitness into your daily routine. Motivate yourself this Monday to make time for a workout – and continue throughout the rest of the week.

Exercise guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, how you break that up is up to you. Carve out a regular standing time with yourself for fitness and make an appointment. The reason? If you have it in your calendar, you’re more likely to be mentally prepared and show up. Entries like “Swimming” and “Monday Mile” should become regular dates to motivate you to get a move on.

  1. Start this Monday and stick to it throughout the week. When you start the week with fitness, research shows it’s easier to stay motivated and inspired the rest of the week. Schedule time to take a class, go swimming, ride a bike, or go for a Monday Mile. Commit to get moving every Monday.
  1. Small steps can lead to big changes. There are a million things to do every day, and sometimes it feels impossible to get it all done. Scheduling in short bursts of physical activity throughout the day can add up to make a big difference.
  1. Schedule a power lunch. If exercising in the morning or after work isn’t always possible, makeover your lunch hour. Schedule a mid-afternoon yoga class or do a mini-workout at your desk. If it’s nice out, plan a Monday Mile, it’s only 2000 steps and takes less than 20 minutes.

This Monday, make the time to fit fitness into your busy schedule and commit to stick with it throughout the week. For more exercise tips and support, follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you! Share your Move It Monday fitness successes.

Active Adult Newsletter – October 2018

October Newsletter