From Everybody Walk:
“Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems, Bob Sallis, MD, family practitioner, Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, Calif., told a packed room of leaders at the Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit, held October 1–3, 2013 in Washington, D.C. “The drug is called walking,” Sallis announced. “Its generic name is physical activity.”
Increased levels of walking and physical activity can bring other social benefits too, said authorities from the fields of medicine, public health, education, community development, urban planning and social policy at the Walking Summit.”
New York Times agrees too and in fact suggests brisk walking is most effective. Read their take here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/why-a-brisk-walk-is-better/?_r=1&
So let’s all make an effort to walk more. And if you need a buddy to get started, we have a dozen or so walkers who walk weekly in a group at the recreation center or around downtown and the neighborhoods; drop in anytime for free. Walk With a Doc, Wed @11am.
Need to go to the library? Soccer or Basketball game? Walk There!
Run to the post office or CVS? Make it fun and Walk There!
Wear your pedometer, or just make a game of counting your steps.
Walk There Decatur- It’s closer than you think!
Children and Youth Services’ Project R.E.A.L. and the Whiz Kids are doing a Book Drive for Books for Africa as their service project. YOU can help by donating books.
Books can be brought to the Decatur Recreation Center through December 16.
What type of books?
15 years or newer popular fictioin and nonfiction reading books
1998 or newer publish date primary, secondary and college textbooks
2003 or newer reference books
1998 or newer publish date medical, nursing IT and Law books
School/office supples: paper, pencils, pens, wall charts, maps, etc.
Books should be gently used and relevant to an African reader.
They DO NOT accept:
Magazines or journals
Home decorating, Cook books or wedding books
Ethnocentric books, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln or history of Georgia
Foreigh Language books except for French books.
American history or civics
Music books for K-12
Murder mysteries or anything with “kill”, “die”, “Murder” etc in the title.
Getting a new bike for the holidays? Or riding the old, loved bike and would like to improve your skills and safety?
Either way, you will want to take this class designed to teach adult cyclists how to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility and sport. Taught by LCI Neil Walker, this abbreviated class will begin your cycling education and get you on the road to safe, confident riding.
What: Traffic Skills Class
When: Saturday, December 7, 10 am – 1 pm
Where: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street
Cost: $35 Register at www.cyclesandchange.org/class-registration
Bring a working bike and helmet, water and snacks.
Wondering what’s NEW at the recreation center? Or didn’t realize there was anything new, well it’s true and we’ve got plenty of news to share. Here’s a sneak preview of the year ahead and save the date for the Expo on January 11 from 10am to noon. A new building, new classes, new year, and a new you! Save the date now for a fun-filled, active, expo and the chance to sample all the new fun activities and classes and meet and chat with the instructors. Meanwhile there is still no membership fee, just come and pay for the class you want to take. It’s that simple.
Come meet the instructors and sample ALL our NEW classes proposed this winter. From 10am to noon we will feature short 10-minute demos of new classes where you can try them out and talk to the instructors. We’ll have free drawings (see BINGO card) and booths to feature our new enrichment and artistic offerings as well. Stop by while the youth are playing basketball, before lunch, after Run With the Dogs 5k, or during your Saturday shopping.
Stay tuned for the 2014 playbook to plan your strategy for staying fit, featuring new and regular classes.
It’s important to remember that the reason you’re stressed might be out of your control.
Don’t let factors such as the weather or another person’s actions cause you to worry.
Instead, focus on the things you can control, such as your reaction to the stressor.
By sorting out what is manageable and what is not, you can work on the issues that are within your capacity and, hopefully, reduce your stress overall.
Whenever you feel stressed this week, pause and think about whether or not the issue is within your control.
Acknowledging that you’re not at fault can help you relax and plan your next step.
For more information on staying healthy, visit www.mondaycampaigns.org.
On this past Saturday morning Decatur Active Living offered a free basketball clinic for league participants at Decatur Recreation Center. The clinic was coordinated by Stacy Green, Lindsey Struck, Decatur High School players and coaches. The high school players and coaches took the players through various fundamental basketball skills during the morning session. Decatur Active Living regular season begins on Saturday, December 7 and follow the Decatur High Basketball program during the season. The Decatur Tipoff Classic resumes tonight at the Decatur High School Gym with the following schedule:
7pm- Arabia Mountain vs Decatur (Girls)
8:30pm- Arabia Mountain vs Decatur (Boys)
Got holiday shopping on your mind? Well we’ve got tips for where to go, how to entertain the kids, stay active, and help others ALL at the same time! Layer up, hydrate, and approach it like a work out.
First, “shop small” is every towns chance to have you stay close to home and in our case, that means stroll around Decatur. Walking keeps you warm and offers good fresh air in between shops. Bring your own bag on wheels to tote your purchases, pop in for a eggnog latte to recharge, and let the kids play with babysitters at DHS while you shop! Yes, it’s true, German students offer babysitting while you shop on Dec 7 to finance a trip to Bavaria. Your kids will learn german songs, games and enjoy german christmas traditions while you bummel around town. 50 spots available, sign up soon.
Next, think global and shop local is the trend at the Jingle Bell Jubilee to be held at the Solarium on Dec 8. Bike over to Oakhurst, using the route College, Avery, Green, Oakview Streets and enjoy free refreshments as you shop for fair-trade gifts from Tara Project, House of Hope, Latin Runway, and more offering gifts from Haiti, Kenya, Colombia, that are crafted by locals there and support poverty reduction, empowering youth, schools for girls and more. Samples in the photo at right.
To kick off all the December shopping, make sure you see the grand menorah lighting and celebrations on the square Dec 2. And if you are a weekday shopper, definitely put Terrific Thursdays on your list, walk over to the square or park the car once at One West (for 2 hours free shopping), walk around all the local businesses and score a gift card to boot if you spend more than $200 on Thursdays!
And last but not least, here are tips from Decatur’s finest to keep you safe while shopping and yes, bicycle police patrols will be out and about.
The size of our plate plays a large role in how much we eat. Studies have shown that the bigger the container, the more we are likely to consume. The bottom of the bowl is a useful mental cue for us to stop eating or check if we’re full. Turns out smaller portions can be just as satisfying! This week, enjoy your meals on a salad plate or in a small bowl. If eating food out of a package, put it on a plate first. This simple step can make all the difference in calories consumed!
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! With harsh weather headed our way for the holidays, we’ll all need to stay warm and cozy with our families and find ways to stay active indoors. To start we’ll hold our Walk With a Doc indoors this week on our upstairs track surrounded by windows and overlooking the gym classes. Join us Wednesday at 11am. Some of you may not have seen the track yet or even know that it is finished, so come check it out! On Thursday morning, if you aren’t volunteering at the Atlanta Half Marathon, then put on a hot pot of stew to greet those that are when they return home from the early morning event. Then turn on the Macy’s Day parade and see if you can all dance to the bands and performers, remember they walk/dance/perform the entire parade route.
Also your family can check out our copy of the hot new family fitness game Playout. Created by a local lacrosse coach in our community, it’s an exercise card game where fitness is made fun. Put your strength, skills, and endurance to the test in 3 simple and unique games. Shown are 3 sample cards from the core, upper and lower body areas: dive bombers, side sliders, and windshield wipers. These range from a 1*, 2**, 3*** so there is something for everyone.
Create your own contests: play adults vs. children, boys vs. girls, locals vs. visitors or any way you want. You take turns drawing 30 exercise cards, 12 wildcards and see how you do. You can choose easy, medium, or hard levels of play, so yes, grandchildren and grandparents can both play together. Stop by and check out the cards. Use them over break and return the following week. Also find Playout on facebook. We will be closed Thursday and Friday this week.
That’s right, tomorrow the Red Hat ladies and Keenagers social group will venture out to Stone Mountain Village to taste the delicious menu crafted by Chef Karen Patton of Sweet Potato Cafe. The Champion newspaper review and personal accounts are very good so stay tuned for the report. Across the street is the Art Station and loads of galleries line Main Street, so a quick post-lunch stroll is in order too. Join our senior social clubs and travel along with us and experience lectures, healthy living demos, and lunches. See you around.
We enjoyed delicious fresh local fare: beet salad in a pita bowl, sweet potato hummus dip, loaded sweet potatoes w/bacon, cheddar, broccoli, chicken & sweet potato dumplins, sweet potato fries,roasted sweet potato salad, grass fed burgers from a farm in Washington, Ga, and more. Be sure to check it out the next time you are in Stone Mountain village and look for live jazz on some weekend nights.
The League of American Bicyclist’s five “Rules of the Road” are the core of the Smart Cycling program and will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding.Follow the Law
Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.Be Predictable
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.Be Conspicuous
Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.Think Ahead
Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.Ride Ready
Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.
For more information on the League of American Bicyclists, click here.
The second annual Vintage and Tweed Ride was Saturday in Decatur and traveled through Decatur Station, Oakhurst, Kirkwood, and Adair Park and was sponsored by Houndstooth Road, Square Foot, KenBikeLaw, and Marlay House. About 100 fashionistas donned their best tweed or vintage gear and bicycled to town to gather as a group for this social bike ride. The pace was leisurely, well signed for you to follow easily, allowed for stops at numerous local businesses, and traveled on quieter neighborhood streets for most of the route and was enjoyed by families of all ages. New trends like this illustrate the comeback that cycling is making as an option for the entire family for recreation and leisure, regular transportation, and as a social group activity. After all, everyone remembers how to ride a bike, right? Pre- and post-ride festivities included gathering to register at Square Foot on the Decatur Square where we enjoyed a day-of discount, and being part of a group photo, and refreshments at the Marlay House.
Also learn more about going wheat free by reading or listening to GPB Dec 3 @1pm when they air a brand new special, “Wheat Belly”! Dr. William Davis has travelled the world expounding the many health benefits of awheat-free diet with his New York Times Bestseller. Many folks are experimenting with the gluten-free diet, and a best-selling book called Wheat Belly has helped drive a lot of the interest.
“Wheat is the most destructive thing you could put on your plate, no question,” says William Davis, a cardiologist in Milwaukee, Wis., who authored the book. Davis’ drastic views on the ills of wheat were shaped by his own personal experience. Twenty-five years ago, he had Type 2 diabetes, as well as a host of other common ailments including “mind fog, mood swings, joint pains and acid reflux,” he says.
But after he stopped eating wheat, he says, his health improved. And he’s seen the same kinds of results when his patients go on wheat-free diets. ”You take wheat out of the diet and you literally see lives transformed,” Davis says.
The Community is Invited to the Decatur Bulldog Basketball Community Night on Friday, November 20
The Decatur High School Basketball Coaches invite the community to the third annual Decatur Bulldog Basketball Community Night at the Decatur High School Gymnasium this Friday night, November 22, at 6 PM.
Bring your family; bring your friends. If you’ve never seen the new Decatur High Gym, that alone is worth the trip! Join the fun this Friday night at the Decatur High Gym, 310 N. McDonough Street.
…Well sort of, Walk With a Doc (WWAD) went out and about on a walk in Decatur on Wed in 40+ degree sunny temps and had a blast. It was our regular weekly walk at 11am but the cool temps kept a few folks away. Nine hearty souls ventured out bundled up in hats, gloves, and layers and walked all over the Decatur Cemetery. Cathy Vogel, (pictured center) lead docent of the Friends of the Decatur Cemetery led us on the walk featuring Veterans and resting places of famous docs of Decatur. And we took along a thermos of hot tea just in case, which we enjoyed at Veterans rock.
We learned about Dr. T.H. Chivers’ current resting place, i.e., no longer under his front stoop, and that he was more poet than doctor, stormy friends with Edgar Allan Poe, and studied at Transylvania University. In his will he left his first wife $1.00, his daughter $1.00 and that’s all he had to say about them. We also visited Dr. Chester and Eugenia Stack Morse who donated their 7-acre estate to the city to become Woodlands Garden. Dr. Carl Renfroe educator and namesake of our middle school was on our route as were other educators, Dr. Margaret Pepperdene of Agnes Scott College who could speak old english fluently they say, and Dr. Ormond Morgan who has rested in the cemetery the longest.
Come join us next week as neurologist Sara Shuler from Dekalb Medical joins us. Who knows what we will learn! WWAD occurs every Wed @11am, Decatur Rec Center, Free.
There are two cyclist opportunities this weekend in Decatur.
On Saturday Decatur Active Living has partnered with Cycles And Change to offer a workshop for cyclists from noon until 1 pm. The workshop is designed to give the cyclist quick and easy strategies to prevent injuries and to improve performance, recovery and mobility. It is presented by Michael Guthrie, former therapist for a Hong Kong Physical Therapy Clinic. The session is free, but please register at http://cyclesandchange.org/programs/class-registration.
The second annual Vintage and Tweed Ride is on Saturday – check in is at 1:30pm at SQ/FT on the Decatur Square and the ride begins at 2 pm. Sponsored by Houndstooth Road, the ride will be a 5-6 mile scenic route through Decatur neighborhoods and everyone will be dressed leisurely, tweedy, and stylish. Click here for more information.
On this past Saturday 14 Emory students volunteered to make a difference in Decatur. The students came to Adair Dog Park and painted the white picket fence in front of the Adair Dog Park. The students did not know each other until they arrived at the site and this was the first time some of the students had a paint brush in their hand. Special thanks to Kyle Morton, Decatur Active Living stafff member that did all of th prep work and pulled together all of the supplies so the project could be successful. This project took place in collaboration with Emory Cares when Emory students, staff and alumni volunteer around the world with various community projects.
Join Houndstooth Road for the Tweed & Vintage Ride this Saturday. Check in is at 1:30pm at SQ/FT and the ride begins at 2 pm. All levels of riders are welcome. Wear your best Vintage or Tweed and join in the fun!
For more information, click here.