September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood Obesity Fact

The financial implications of childhood obesity are sobering, at $14 billion per year in direct health care costs alone. Increased awareness and prevention of childhood obesity will save billions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs and promote healthier lifestyles to improve and prolong the lives of the next generation of Americans.  Five steps parents can implement for their kids:

1. Be a Healthy Role Model

2. Make Healthy Schools the Norm

3. Ask the Family Doctor Key Questions

4. Instill Healty Values in Kids

5. Make a Commitment to Health


Earth Day in Oakhurst Draws a Crowd

Mother Earth showed its colors with clear skies and fresh air. Earth Day in Oakhurst kicked off with the Seed and Feed Band performing and residents participating in a earth friendly parade (no cars).  The day was filled with music, earth freindly vendors,crafts, wonderful earth day cakes, sheep and birds of prey.  The event was planned and brought to the community by the following organizations: Latham Home Sanitation, City of Decatur Active Living, Green Umbrella, The Waldorf School of Atlanta, Oakhurst Community Garden Project, Pit Stop, Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool and Agnes Scott.  Pictured below are highlights from the Earth Dayevent.

Touch A Truck This Saturday

I have had a number of calls and emails asking about Touch A Truck this weekend and the predicted rain. It won’t rain! But, realistically, if it does, we will reschedule the event for April 30. We will make the “weather call” early Saturday morning, so check back here to see if it has been called on account of rain.

If it is not raining, join us at the Callaway Lot at the corner of Trinity Place and Commerce Drive from 10am until 1pm. We have a lot of cool trucks and other vehicles lined up: Fire trucks, police vehicles, a Bucket Truck, garbage trucks, street sweepers, a cement truck, a CCTV truck and more. Thanks to DeKalb County joining the City of Decatur to bring a wide variety of trucks, both little and big, to touch, climb on and honk horns.

The event is free to the community and parking is free in the County deck adjacent to the event.

Hope to see you on Saturday.

A Bonfire to Keep You Warm

The annual Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast is tomorrow night, Thursday, December 16 at 7pm on the Old Courthouse Square. What a great way to do something fun outside and keep warm at the same time! Decatur firefighters come up to light the fire which will burn until 8pm. Children (and adults as well) can roast marshmallows provided by the Decatur Business Association, then visit with Santa on the Bandstand.

Thanks to Gerry Knotts from Public Works and his crew for building the fire pit and thanks to the Decatur Fire Department for keeping the fire and community safe.

See you on the Square!

CORE Performance Company

We recently attended one of the Lunchtime in the Studio workshops produced by CORE Performance Company in downtown Decatur. The series is presented free to the public and the dancers perform scenes from upcoming performances and ask for the audience’s feedback. The Lunchtime in the Studio will be offered again beginning in February.

Here are scenes from the performance Corazon Abriendo (Heart Opening):

Oakhurst Arts Run This Saturday

The weather this weekend is going to be perfect for being active outside, so join the community for the annual Oakhurst Arts Run. The run begins in front of One Step At a Time in Oakhurst at 8am on Saturday, October 9th. After the race, stick around for the annual Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival. The festival features over 50 artists and a full day of music. For details on race registration and the festival, click here. Or you can stop in and see Charles at One Step and he will be happy to sign you up for the 5K race.

See you in Oakhurst on Saturday!