Ashram Wellness Class- Reduced Price Yoga Class

 

Wednesdays          6-7pm          Location: Ashram Wellness, 707-C East Lake Drive

The class is designed to help students reduce stress and relax while gaining strength and flexibility.  Yoga techniques will be used to detox body and mind.  The cost for the class is $10.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit City of Decatur Active Living.  Please visit www.ashramwellness.com   

 

 

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

Visit www.HealthierGeneration.org

Get Active Tip of the Week

Let’s Move Tip of the Week:

Next time you are buying a toy, consider purchasing an item that encourages physical activity like a ball, kite, or jump rope. Children will be excited to receive the gift while at the same time encouraged to use it in their daily life.

For more information on staying healthy, visit the Let’s Move website.

Michelle Obama’s Visit

The First Lady Shaking Hands After Her Talk

On Tuesday, Greg White and I had the opportunity to be in the audience for Michelle Obama’s visit to Atlanta to talk about the Let’s Move program.  The program’s focus is the prevention of childhood obesity.

From the Let’s Move website:

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.

The City of Decatur has signed on to be a Let’s Move city. We are dedicated to keeping not only our youth healthy and active through a wide  variety of programming, but also dedicated to keeping all ages healthy and active. Decatur Active Living enocurages you to become a part of Team Decatur, join us in May for Walk For Lunch, drop by the Decatur Rec gym to shoot some hoops, or simply take a walk around the block or to the store.

Now back to Michelle. She knows how to speak form the heart, and she is beautiful as well as gracious. We feel honored to have been in her presence!

Active Living Director Greg White Waits in Line

Yours Truly Holding the Coveted Ticket

 

Michelle Addresses the Audience

“Let’s Move!”

The City of Decatur has signed up to be a Let’s Move City. We are developing more programs to help fight childhood obesity. Children in Decatur are playing sports, walking and biking to school with the Safe Routes to School Program, and being more active in the community. Children at College Heights and at Decatur High School are learning to grow healthy food in their community gardens.

Michelle Obama talks about the Let’s Move program.

City of Decatur a Let’s Move City!

The City of Decatur has become a partner city in the First Lady’s Let’s Move program! The goal of this program is to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a geneartion, so that children born today reach adulthood at a healthy weight.

Did you know that the obesity rate in America has tripled in the last three decades? Nearly one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. This puts them at a greater risk for health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.

The City of Decatur and Decatur Active Living has made a commitment to help not only our children, but adults as well, to increase their physical activity opportunities.  We will be posting information on this blog, as well in other city publications in the coming months. We look forward to seeing a more active Decatur!

For more information on the Let’s Move Initiative, click here.