No Walk With a Doc This Weekend


Walk With a Doc has been cancelled for July.

Join us on August 12 when we will have Dr. Melissa Black as our featured “doc.”

Click here to learn about the 100 Reasons to Walk.

Walk With a Doc is Saturday, June 10th


Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, June 10th at 10 am for this month’s Walk With a Doc. Dr. Reginald Mason from Kaiser Permanente is this month’s doctor. Dr. Mason is a pulmonary and critical care physician. Read more about him here.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle and questions for the doc.


Take a Walk With Decatur Active Living

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Third Sunday Stroll
This month’s stroll will be on Sunday, March 19 at 2pm. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a stroll through downtown with members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee.


Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk
Discover Decatur at night with a walk through the City. Walkers receive a free light to wear and keep to “Be Safe and Be Seen”. Meet in front of Decatur Recreation Center at 7:30 pm.

50+ Walks
Join Sara, our Adult Program Supervisor, for thees weekly walks. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center at 10 am. Walks average 3 miles and travel through various parts of the City.

Walk With a Doc
These walks have moved to the second Saturday of the month and leave the Decatur Recreation Center at 10 am. Next walk is April 8.

For more information on walking in Decatur, visit

It’s Walk-tober : Come Walk With Us!

There are lots of opportunities to walk with Decatur Active Living this month!

Walk With a Doc is held every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Meet us in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a three mile walk. Sometimes we have a Doc and sometimes we don’t – we always walk! If it is raining, we can walk the elevated track in the gym.


Third Sunday Walk is October 16th at 1:30 p.m. and features Mayor Patti Garrett taking us on her 10,000 steps walk that is featured in a Visitor’s Center brochure. . Meet in Harmony Park and be sure to bring a water bottle.

Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. and is a Halloween themed walk! Walk by  homes decorated for the holiday as you meet new friends and get your walk on. The walk lasts approximately one hour. Be sure to wear something bright so you will “Be Safe and Be Seen.” Walkers will receive a special light to wear and keep. Feel free to dress in costume! Let’s have some fun.




Last year’s October “Bright at Night” walkers

Healthy Monday Reset: Walk All Week


Walk All Week


If you need some help getting started, join our Walk With a Doc group every Wednesday at 10:00 am. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and have a fun walk with lots of nice folks. For more information contact

The Pedestrain Advisory Committee leads Walk There! Decatur the Second Sunday of the month at 2 pm and the Fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. For more information click here.

Walking Among Docs – A New Twist

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Decatur Cemetery Holds Many Doctors and 1,000 Veterans

Walk With a Doc visited the Decatur Cemetery where we were greeted by lead docent Cathy Vogel. Years of research enabled her to look up all the doctors who rest at the 58 acre greenspace and give us a walking tour to share a little bit of their lives and legacy.

Yes, normally Walk With a Doc, is led by a doctor in the community but we like to mix it up and keep things interesting. So every Veterans Day, for 2 years now anyway, we choose the cemetery as our weekly walk route because the volunteers post American flags to honor the 1,000 Veterans who rest at Decatur Cemetery; and because Cathy is there to lead us on a themed walk similar to the seasonal 2nd Sunday walks that are offered by the docents from May to October.

Here are some of the Docs we walked / visited with this week

  • Dr. Powell was the medicine man  (buried near Emory; marker only. Lots of family nearby in his plot)
  • Dr. Chivers was more poet than doc. (Decatur’s forgotten poet; rival of Poe and originally buried at his own front steps)
  • Bukumba worked for a Decatur family  (Nurse for missionary family with Decatur roots)
  • Dr. Carl Renfoe of middle school (Middle school named for him; educator)
  • Dr. Ormand Morgan (dates before 1827; ground penetrating radar located his grave and a marker will be installed in spring)
  • Dr. Margaret Pepperdene, Beloved English professor at Agnes Scott College, her classes on Chaucer were much in demand. She could speak Old English fluently with just the right lilt. After retirement, she continued teaching at the Paideia School in Atlanta.
  • Dr. Peter Hoyle, stepfather to Emily Pittman (whose beautiful grave we visited) and former owner of farm where Agnes Scott College stands today
  • Dr. Gary Stukes, Dean of faculty at Agnes Scott College
  • Jean Slack Morse & Dr. Chester Morse of Woodlands Garden land (donated home and gardens to City)
  • Dr. Wallace McPherson Alston, Agnes Scott College (President)
  • Rev. Donald Fraser  (Presbyterian minister who could make even Latin and Greek interesting to the boys in his school)
  • Drs. Durham & Goss ( Surgeon CSA and a doctor (related to one of our walkers) who made housecalls)

Be sure to grab the walking tour brochure and make your own discoveries in this beautiful greenspace full of champion trees, trails, paths, benches, a pond, and a cinerarium (a place to receive the ashes from cremations), and a marker for those donating their bodies to science, all of which are adjacent to Glenlake Park.

Note: Start time is now 10:30 am for Walk With a Doc through the winter months. Join us any Wednesday for free, we walk 3 miles, at a normal pace, all adults welcome or even students home on school breaks. Meet at Decatur Rec lobby.


Even In The Rain, We Focus on Fitness

10333367_758543037547404_1493424073347248842_oA core walking group of 6 devoted walkers walked in the rain today for Walk With a Doc led by Kayt Wolfe of Pulse Health Coaching. We used the Be Active orange umbrella fleet to keep our walk going. Nutrition was the topic of the day and Kayt debunked numerous myths concerning fat, grains, eggs, dairy, salt and more. No matter what, we just keep moving!

Join us any Wednesday morning if you are free in the daytime or have an hour or so. Its also a great social outlet and removes the isolation factor that some elders struggle with living alone. Here’s us on our colorful stroll today through the Decatur cemetery greenspace. Hope to see you soon. Our next walk is November 12, and will feature a guided tour of the Decatur Cemetery focusing on the historical “docs” that reside at the greenspace, So come learn your local doc history with Friends of the Decatur Cemetery docent Cathy Vogel.

Take A Walk, with Doc Broc Wednesday 8/20 @10am

TakeaWalkKPKaiser Permanente and City of Decatur Invite You to “Take A Walk”

Did you know that walking just 30 minutes a day, five days a week can improve your health? Kaiser Permanente wants to help you thrive with a mid-week walk through Downtown Decatur. The health care organization is partnering with the City of Decatur for this “Take A Walk” event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Wednesday August 20 at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street in Decatur.

Take part in a warm-up led by a certified trainer at 9:45 am. Then join Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett along the scenic, one-mile route through downtown. Refreshments and giveaways will be available for walkers. You can also meet your neighborhood Kaiser Permanente doctor and pose for a “healthy” selfie with mascot, Doc Broc! Don’t miss this opportunity for a mid-week workout. Come out and “Take A Walk” with us on Wednesday!

Note: this walk will join the regularly scheduled Walk With a Doc that occurs every Wednesday at 10am in Decatur at the Recreation Center. Decatur CAPS will escort the walk, KP will be our hosts this week with several guest Docs, and 11 Alive will cover this active living event!

KP + 11 Alive + City of Decatur = Decatur Active Living!

Map of route

Healthy Decatur: A Holistic Approach to Sustainability


I recently re read the case study that drives our quest to be and remain an active living community. I wondered what else i might add to continue the progress and success for the community. Take a look at it here if you’ve never read it. Hindsight is always 20/20 and it shows you what the city was thinking in heading to where we are now.

Namely I heard last week at a seminar hosted by the ARC on Living Beyond Expectations, that active adults over 65+ were the fastest growing segment of new cyclists or returning cyclists, more like it, in the nation. So I figured i better get some bicycling programming going for adults and make sure it aligned with this mission. And it does!


Today I took a regular groups of active adults on a weekly walk, met a group of kids cycling from camp, and strolled through our community garden. We are definitely still at it Decatur, from 8 to 80, as they say and looking to constantly improve.

So if you have ideas of what activity you’d like to do, as an active adult, with daytime hours free, Tracie is the girl for you. She leads the adults programming efforts and is happy to create an activity for you and find the best instructor for it. So holla! You can reach her at


And here we are, keeping at it y’all!

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Walk With a Doc will start at 10am this summer

WWAD Time = 10:00 am every Wednesday

ebwGeorgia is heating up and so is our city, so we will walk earlier in the day. Beginning next week on June 11 we will depart at 10am for our walk and continue through June/July/August. Yes, that means we are leaving an hour earlier.  Active Adults that we polled voted to have a leisurely breakfast routine at home and then come walk, so 10am wins!

Walk With a Doc is a free, group walking program, that occurs weekly at the Decatur Recreation Center. We are local chapter of and offer 7 routes across the city and average about 3 miles weekly at an easy pace. We have a doc join us and a CAPS volunteer walk with us to keep us safe at crossings and around hazards. Usually about 10-15 walkers arrive for the walk and enjoy a informal chat with a different doc each week. Below is a list of docs who have led our walks and we are always recruiting for more. We start each walk with a quick intro, grab some water, and head out.


Staffer Tracie leads along with the guest Doc, and the CAPS volunteer brings up the back. Our routes are on sidewalks and in greenspace throughout the city. Everyone enjoys the chat while walking 2×2 and it has become quite social. Come meet some new folks and ramp up your fitness routine. Sometimes we try new tools like trekking poles, chi walking, cooling neck scarves, pre-post walk stretching sessions.

Free shirt to those who walk

Walking is the one activity that everyone can do without special gear although we do recommend a good, supportive shoe, water, and a sun visor. We issue Walk With a Doc shirts to all walkers and Docs who complete one walk with us. Come get your shirt!

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Doctors partnering with WWAD in 2013/2014 in Decatur, GA

  1. Tom Brillante, Optometrist
  2. Sharman Colosetti, Psychotherapist
  3. James Meyers, Fire Captain, City of Decatur
  4. Melissa Bloom, PT, DPT, NCS
  5. Kevin Hendler, DDS Geriatric Dentistry Emory
  6. Sandy Bramlett, Nia, Chi Walking, Zumba 50+
  7. Khurram Khan, MD Wesley Woods Outpatient Clinic
  8. Don Batisky, MD Pediatric Hypertension, CHOA
  9. Gregory White, Director, Decatur Active Living
  10. Gedalia Genin, ND Naturopath
  11. Cathy Vogel, Lead docent at Friends of the Decatur Cemetery
  12. Sara Shuler, Neurologist, Dekalb Medical
  13. Dana Young, Owner and Healer Dragonfly Reiki
  14. Gretchen Evans, Veteran OEF, Command Sergeant Major USArmy
  15. Rosie Milan, Vitality Coach and expert
  16. Arthur Ratliff, State Farm Insurance
  17. Trent Lowe, Smart911, Heart Month
  18. Erin Hinek, Psychotherapist, Fleurish Psychotherapy
  19. Tracie Sanchez, Decatur Active Living
  20. Frances Moriarty, RN & Master Gardener at the Wylde Center
  21. Gayle Christian, Chi Walking Instructor & Librarian
  22. Kan Guvensel, Licensed Professional Counselor
  23. Neli Manova, Program Associate, Big Peach Running Co.
  24. Joe Nocera, CVNR Cognitive Effects of Exercise, Emory CVNR & Atlanta VA
  25. Lyn Menne, Asst City Manager, Community & Economic Dev.

Photo albums of previous walks

We keep and share our WWAD photos on facebook, share as you like.