Nutrition Talk – Time to Change the Oil

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Olive oil, canola oil and other vegetable oils are great heart healthy choices because they contain mono and poly unsaturated fats, which decrease LDL cholesterol. Unsaturated fats are usually liquid like olive or canola oil, but can also be found in fish, nuts, seeds and avocados. Read more about this guidance to advance your health from Emory Healthcare associates.

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Come try Music Therapy at our FREE Lunch & Learn Series @1130am Friday 3/28

lunchWe are about to pass 700 likes on our page this week, and want to take this moment to thank all of you for following us and staying active!

This week we host the Red Hat Society luncheon on Tuesday at 1100am and Walk With a Doc as usual on Wednesday at 1100am. Still looking for a community leader in health and wellness to lead us this week. We will walk either way, but would love to learn about a new doc!

NEW offering this month is Laura Roberts, Certified Music Therapist at our free LUNCH & LEARN Friday at 1130am in the gym. Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages and snack bars will be served. Here’s how Laura describes her specialty: Music Therapy promotes socialization, communication, movement, and relaxation. We will be singing, playing instruments, dancing, reminiscing, and relaxing! NO musical talent is required!!!!

AMTA_LOGO_NT_finalLaura Roberts, MT-BC-A board certified and GA state licensed music therapist. Laura works locally with seniors at Budd Terrace at Emory Healthcare and is working on her Master’s of Art in Music Therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana.

We are excited about the idea of an ongoing music therapy class here at the Decatur Recreation Center and this is a pilot so please come and tell us what you think. Here’s why we value it: “NMT” (Neurologic Music Therapy) designation applies to practitioners focused on a large body of music therapy research and NMT techniques.  NMT’s have some very specific approaches for working on improving things like language, movement and cognition in clients with stroke, alzheimer, parkinsons and other neurologically based disorders. 

Come to the free Lunch & Learn and check it out! Bring a friend. Lunch & Learn meets monthly on the 4th Friday and immediately follows a popular senior aerobics class. If you are interested in presenting a subject on aging well, please sign up here.

Cooking, Walking, Biking, & Garden Herbal Tea Party on the calendar

The October air is invigorating isn’t it? Everyone in Decatur feels it too and they are out and about being active, which we love and applaud. If you need ideas to focus your outings, here are a few active options (and ALL are free) going on at the Rec Center in the next 7 days. Cooking class, Walk With a Doc, Bike Commuters breakfast, Garden tea party.
Simply Delicious

Simply Delicious

Simply Delicious: Healthy Food to Celebrate the Season. Wednesday morning join the fun and funky Wylde Center Chefs and learn scrumptious recipes, tips, and tricks to enjoy fall foods in this special free Living Greenclass at the Decatur Library. Wednesday October 16, 10:30-11:30am, Free.

Walk With A Doc

Walk With A Doc

Walk With a Doc features Dr. Khurram Khan this week, an Assistant Professor Of Medicine, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics from the Emory University School Of Medicine and the Wesley Woods Outpatient Center. See you every Wednesday for a walk at 11am including this week October 16 @11am, Free.

BTWBike to Work Commuter Breakfast is held in May and October, two delightful months to commute to work by bike. The challenge is issued by the Clean Air Campaign, Georgia Commute Options and local organizations interested in clean air, active transportation, and alternate travel modes., We’ll be out front on Sycamore Street at a table full of coffee, juice, and baked goodies from Java Monkey to encourage, reward, and support all those who choose to bike to work that day and stop by. Local partners in the Decatur bike community will be on hand to answer questions about gear, clothing, bikes, routes, bike buddies, tall tales and such. Here’s the facebook event for more info and if you will, RSVP so we’ll have just the right amount of refreshments. See you October 17 @7am-9am on your way to work, Free.
Scott Garden Herbal Tea Party is one week from today and YOU are invited! First our gardeners will meet on Saturday October 19 for a work day and get the garden all spiffed up. Then on Monday, we’ll entertain the public with herbal teas made from the garden bounty and host Amy Stewart, author of the Drunken Botanist, for a quick meet & greet prior to her book talk next door at the library which is presented by Georgia Center for the Book. Be sure to grab a free copy of our list of botanical cocktails available in downtown Decatur to guide you on your exploration. Here’s the facebook event for more info and please ‘like’ their page to follow them. Tea Party is at October 21 @6pm and book talk is at 715pm; both are Free.