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Healthy Lifestyle & Nutrition

Stratford Ecological Center

This organic farm and nature preserve offers workshops and classes for children, farm tours, summer camps and family programs.
3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
(740) 363-2548
stratfordecologicalcenter.org

10TV Commit to Be Fit

Stay educated about fitness and staying healthy, and search for local events and stories of interest.
770 Twin Rivers Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 460-3700
10tv.com/categories/commit-be-fit

ACTIVE.com

Visit their website to register online for races, team sports and recreational activities. Users can interact with others who have similar interests and find out about fitness and nutrition. From 5K runs and marathons to cycling races, triathlons, baseball leagues, soccer camps, football tournaments, cheerleading clinics and more, the website allows people to search by sport and by location for local events of interest.
(877) 228-4881
activekids.com

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

The website contains information on a wide range of relevant teen issues, including safety, fitness, school issues, dating, substance abuse; emotional wellness, including helping children handle stress, psychiatric medications, grief. It also provides information about healthy living, family life, immunizations, developmental stages and more.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000
healthychildren.org

Bikes for All People (B4AP)

Bicycling resources for all ages and levels of riders. A Community Development for All People program, sponsored in part by our Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative, Bikes For All People provides access to bicycles and cycling-related resources to those who rely on bikes as their sole means of transportation. They also accept donations and offer new and pre-owned bikes, parts, tools and cycling gear, group rides, free maintenance classes and an open repair shop.
934 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 670-8685
bikes4allpeople.com

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Serves youth ages 6 through 18 from across the city. For a low cost, the nationally-acclaimed Club provides members with access to after-school and summer programming oriented around three pillars: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Good Character & Citizenship. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities, and mentoring.

  • Administrative Offices
    1108 City Park Avenue, Suite 301, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    (614) 221-8830
  • J. Ashburn Jr. Clubhouse
    85 Clarendon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 221-8830 ext. 203
  • KIPP Clubhouse
    2750 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43224
  • Milo-Grogan Clubhouse
    1012 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-4366
  • Pheasant Run Clubhouse
    2680 Orono Pike, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
  • R.I.S.E. Clubhouse
    68 East Second Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
  • South Side Clubhouse
    280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 468-9299
  • UA/Metro Clubhouse
    1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
    (614) 221-8830 ext. 207

bgccolumbus.org

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Parent Immunization Information

Provides parent information about infant, child and teen shot schedules, how vaccines prevent diseases, why kids should get shots and possible side-effects from vaccines.
1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30333
Toll-free: (800) 232-4636 or TTY (888) 232-6348
cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center

Provides up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines for parents and healthcare professionals.
3401 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
(800) 879-2467
chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center

Children’s Hunger Alliance

Works with schools, community organizations, faith-based groups and child care providers throughout Ohio to increase participation in USDA child nutrition programs. In addition, they fight hunger and poor nutrition with education, physical activity resources (like their CATCH Physical Fitness Program) and supplemental resources for caregivers, parents and children.
Columbus Location: 1105 Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 341-7700
childrenshungeralliance.org

Church and Community Development for All People (CD4AP)

This program provides free clothing and household items to families in need, affordable housing on the South Side of Columbus, youth development, health coaching, low cost bike repairs and more. Go online to find out more information about different programs.
946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
4allpeople.org

Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks

Represents 16 natural area parks with more than 200 miles of trails in central Ohio. Go online to find the location nearest you and find out about upcoming programs (including special programs for preschoolers and homeschoolers), events and or summer programs.
1069 West Main Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 891-0700 or (614) 508-8000
metroparks.net

Columbus Neighborhood Walking Maps

The Columbus Public Health Healthy Places Program has provided walking maps for neighborhoods throughout the city to add more physical activity to everyday life.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-5318
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Healthy-Places/Columbus-Walking-Maps

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Food Protection Program

Licenses and inspects retail food businesses including grocery stores, restaurants, bars, delis, convenience stores, vending machines, food carts, and all food sold at fairs and festivals. Their website has information about inspection reports and food borne illness reporting.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-8191
Food-related Complaints: (614) 645-3111
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Food-Protection-Program

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Healthy Children, Healthy Weights

Works with Columbus area childcare centers and partners an obesity prevention by improving food and physical activity for children from birth to 5 years old. Their website also has free information about ways to stay active, healthy beverages, healthy food and more that are age appropriate for children from birth to kindergarten.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-1224 or (614) 645-0261
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Healthy-Children-Healthy-Weights/Healthy-Families

Columbus Recreation & Parks Department Free Meal Program

Their summer lunch program provides free lunches throughout Columbus. Kids ages 1 to 18 can call to find the summer food site closest to them. Some people with disabilities age 19 to 21 are also eligible. Kids can stop by the open sites and get a free breakfast or lunch June through August.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-3642
columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/Free-Meal-Programs
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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a botanical landmark and cultural attraction featuring plant collections and gardens, seasonal art- and nature-based exhibitions, and an array of educational opportunities and special events for visitors of all ages.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
fpconservatory.org

Franklinton Cycle Works

Helps families keep their bikes in good working order through its free Open Shop program in which people are guided through the necessary bicycle repairs by a volunteer mechanic. Youth helmets are free and refurbished bikes and new and used parts can be purchased at an affordable rate.
897 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 228-1852
franklintoncycleworks.org

Fresh Foods Here (FFH)

Partners with small grocers and corner stores in your neighborhood to sell fresh produce and other healthy foods, improving access to healthy foods and helping make the healthy choice the easy choice. FFH partners with stores in five Columbus Neighborhoods: Near East Side, Franklinton, Hilltop, Linden, and South Side. Visit the website to find all the store locations.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-2798
freshfoodshere.org

Get Active Columbus

This website was recently started by the city of Columbus as a way for youth and families in Columbus to get people moving, eat well and live healthier lives. The website has free and low cost opportunities for families to live an active lifestyle.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417
columbus.gov/get-active

Girls on the Run Central Ohio

Educates and prepare girls in 3rd through 8th grade for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Girls on the Run combines training for a running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions.
PO Box 21152, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 579-0526
girlsontherunfranklincounty.org

Good4Growth

The Good4Growth program offers online toolkits to educate the community on the issues of obesity and other negative health outcomes, by offering offering ways to support a healthy diet, creative play, and a creative environment for children’s development and growth. They have many practical tips on nutrition and staying healthy and active.
94-A Northwoods Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 846-6258
good4growth.com

Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone

Faith based, non-profit organization based in Columbus’ Hilltop community. Some of their programs include Hilltop teen club, teen free store, basketball at their gym, their no-cost Westside CDF (Children’s Defense Fund) Freedom School, mentoring program, produce distribution, free legal clinic and more.
1665 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus, Ohio, 43223
(614) 398-1230
hilltopshalomzone.org

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

Offer comprehensive immunization information for health care professionals and the public, including parent handouts about thimerosal, common vaccine questions and more.
2550 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
(651) 647-9009
immunize.org (for Health Care Professionals)
vaccineinformation.org (for Parents & Families)

In My Backyard Health & Wellness Program

Provides free physical fitness, healthy cooking, gardening and health education programs during the summer months on the near east side, open to the general public. From yoga to African drums, people can participate in activities tailored to their level of fitness on Saturday mornings during the summer.
1905 Merryhill Drive, Columbus Ohio 43219
(614) 402-2089
inmybackyardhope.com

Jewish Community Center (JCC)

Through its programs and services, the JCC provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts, featuring festivals and fairs centered around books, films, and fine art; teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more. At the JCC there is something for all ages.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-2731
columbusjcc.org

Kids Health

This website offers a broad range of information on many topics for parents:

kidshealth.org

Local Matters

Working with Central Ohio organizations and community partnerships, they provide hands-on educational services for children and adults on what healthful food is, where their food comes from, how to grow food and cook food.  They also work with communities in need to help them access healthy and affordable foods.
633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 263-5662
local-matters.org

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Columbus Metro Bike Map

Offers information and local resources about local biking events and trails, bicycle safety, promotes bicycling in central Ohio.
111 Liberty Street Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663
morpc.org/transportation/bicycle-pedestrian

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition

Offers families a comprehensive approach to weight management for children ages 2 and older. Their website has helpful information and resources for families and providers like research studies, bariatric surgery, weight management programs, a BMI calculator, how to schedule appointments with their staff of dietitians, physicians and recreational therapists, and more.

  • Livingston Ambulatory Center
    380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 722-4824
  • Hilliard Close To Home Center
    4363 All Seasons Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 355-5900
  • Westerville Close To Home Center
    433 North Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43082
    (614) 355-8300

nationwidechildrens.org/center-for-healthy-weight-nutrition

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Clinical Nutrition & Lactation

The experts in nutrition and lactation care can help patients with diagnosis, treatment and support.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Main: (614) 722-3060
Outpatient Referrals: (614) 722-6200
nationwidechildrens.org/clinical-nutrition-and-lactation

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health E-Hints

Health e-Hints is a free, unique e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you’ll only get the articles that are relevant to your family. The newsletter is completely customized just for you.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
nationwidechildrens.org/e-newsletter-sign-up

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Information Library

Find information about the disease, condition, procedure or test you need. Also, find relevant information on various health topics for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org

New U

The New U program is a weight management program for children ages 2 and older and is offered at several locations. Contact the Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition for more information about the cost and insurance coverage.

  • Livingston Ambulatory Center
    380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 722-4824
  • Hilliard Close To Home Center
    4363 All Seasons Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 355-5900
  • Westerville Close To Home Center
    433 North Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43082
    (614) 355-8300

(614) 722-4824
nationwidechildrens.org/medical-weight-management-program

Ohio Action for Healthy Kids

Go online to find programs in Franklin County for help in choosing the right foods, getting good medical advice, finding physical activity programs that address weight loss and more. Parents can search by zip code or category.
370 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 341-7700 or (740) 334-0869
ohioactionforhealthykids.org

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Food & Nutrition

Their website offers a lot of information about free and reduced price meals at schools, child care centers, summer programs and for individuals who have mental or physical disabilities. Some of the nutrition assistance programs include: Child and Adult Care Food Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Summer Food Service Program and more.
25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 644-6338
education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/Food-and-Nutrition

Ohio Proud Farmers’ Market Search

Farmers’ markets increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in city neighborhoods and offer healthy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Click below for a list of markets throughout town. Many of them accept cash, credit card, WIC benefits and the Ohio Direction EBT Card (food stamps).
ohioproud.org/farm-markets-all/farmers-market-search

Ohio State University (OSU) College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of OSU Extension handouts and resources, covering a wide array of subjects such as agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, and youth development.

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-6181
ohioline.osu.edu

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Works with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses and better communities in Ohio. Many programs fall into four categories, including;

Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 866-6900
extension.osu.edu
Franklin County Extension: franklin.osu.edu

Ohio State University (OSU) LiFEsports

LiFEsports is a free youth development program dedicated to serving economically disadvantaged children in the Columbus community. Their programs include a sports summer camp for youth ages 9 to 15, a youth leadership academy preparing youth ages 15-18 for college and future careers and community-based sports clinics throughout the year. Transportation is free to all campers via buses.
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
(614) 688-3875
osulifesports.org

Ounce of Prevention

The online handouts have a lot of useful nutritional and developmental information for parents of newborns up to teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4824 or (614) 644-7035
nationwidechildrens.org/ounce-of-prevention

Play Strong: Physical Activity Program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Sports Medicine developed Play Strong, a medically-supervised, wellness program that teaches children who have health problems ways to practice healthy habits at home by using play and fitness plans designed just for them. Children are referred to this program by their healthcare provider and the cost is billed to their medical insurance.

  • Livingston Ambulatory Center
    380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Westerville Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
    584 County Line Road West, Westerville, Ohio 43082

(614) 355-6019
nationwidechildrens.org/Play-Strong

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

1900 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
(212) 595-3456
sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

South Side Roots

South Side Roots is owned and operated by Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The program includes a pay-what-you-can cafe, an affordable fresh foods market, a weekly community meal, and a Kids Cafe meal program for students at South Side Learning & Development Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus.
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 468-9300
southsideroots.org

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Their website has helpful information about food safety, dietary supplements, food ingredients, and nutrition; drugs, medical devices, radiation-emitting products, vaccines and more.
10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20993
(888) 463-6332
fda.gov

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food & Nutrition Service (FNS)

The website provides food and nutrition information and resources for providers and families. FNS works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs like:

FNS Midwest Regional Office: 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 353-6664
fns.usda.gov

Walk With a Doc

This free program is offered at several locations throughout Columbus to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. Families and children can join a doctor and other people looking to improve their health at these free Walk With a Doc events each week.
495 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 714-0407
walkwithadoc.org

We Can!

This national resource for parents and kids ages 8 to 13 helps kids stay at a healthy weight by encouraging healthy eating and increased physical activity.
Mailing Address: PO Box 30105, Bethesda, Maryland 20824
Physical Address: 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 592-8573
nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan

What Vaccines Do I Need for School?

Are you asking yourself what vaccines you need for school? Like most states, Ohio has very specific guidelines about which vaccines are mandatory for school attendance. Students can be held from attending school if they are not up-to-date. Click below to find the most recent list of required vaccinations.
cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules

Yay Bikes!

Provides bicycle education for individuals and groups, programmed community events and leads fun, accessible rides to places in Columbus, year-round.
82 East 16th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 470-4220
yaybikes.com

YMCA of Central Ohio

YMCA provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.

  • Youth Development: child care, academic enrichment, leadership development, mentoring, youth civic engagement, sports and recreation, swim, fitness, and camps (day, overnight and for special needs)
  • Healthy Living: family time, group fitness classes, personal/group training, water activities, diabetes prevention, and healthy lifestyle classes
  • Social Responsibility: juvenile justice program (like Positive Alternative Learning for Students/PALS), residential and employment services, welcome center for immigrants and refugees, military outreach, support children with special needs (like Early Childhood Resource Network+/ECRN+)

Full Facility Branches

  • Delaware Community Center YMCA
    1121 South Houk Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 203-3051
  • Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA
    300 Sloan Boulevard, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (937) 592-9622
  • Downtown YMCA
    40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224-1131
  • Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA
    130 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-3166
  • Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
    555 YMCA Place, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
    (614) 416-9622
  • Grove City YMCA
    3600 Discovery Drive, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 871-9622
  • Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
    4515 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 334-9622
  • Hilltop YMCA
    2879 Valleyview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 276-8224
  • Jerry L. Garver YMCA
    6767 Refugee Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 834-9622
  • Liberty Township/Powell YMCA
    7798 North Liberty Road, Powell, Ohio 43065
    (614) 839-9622
  • North YMCA
    1640 Sandalwood Place, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 885-4252
  • Pickaway County Family YMCA
    440 Nicholas Drive, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (740) 477-1661
  • Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
    3500 First Avenue, Urbancrest, Ohio 43123
    (614) 539-1770

Outdoor/Multipurpose Facilities

  • Hilltop-Cherry Creek YMCA
    600 Fox Ridge Street, Columbus, Ohio 43228
    (614) 878-7260
  • Hoover YMCA Park
    1570 Rohr Road, Lockbourne, Ohio 43137
    (614) 491-0980
  • YMCA Camp Willson
    2732 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
    (800) 423-0427

Educare Centers

  • Hilltop Educare Center
    1952 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 752-8877
  • YMCA Early Learning Center
    2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 342-5836

Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)

  • Early Childhood Resource Network+ (ECRN+)
    1907 Leonard Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43219
    (614) 389-9800

YMCA Administrative Offices: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 389-4409
ymcacolumbus.org