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Physical Fitness & Activity

Yay Bikes!

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

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 to 18 from all over Columbus. For a very low cost, the club provides members with access to after school programs (like tutoring, job-readiness and career preparation mentoring, STEM and more), gymnasiums, play areas, teen centers and libraries. They offer summer programs and scholarships available as well.

  • Administrative Offices
    1108 City Park Avenue, 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
  • Westside Clubhouse
    115 South Gift Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 221-8830

bgccolumbus.org

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

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, 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) 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) 645-7417
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/healthy-children-healthy-weights

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

YMCA People Helping People Program

Provides provides membership financial assistance to youth, adults and families based on individual needs and circumstances. All YMCA members receive the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they are receiving a scholarship.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1131
ymcacolumbus.org/financial-assistance

YMCA Strong Well Fit Program

Strong Well Fit is a free 12-week program that helps youth ages 8 to 16 and their parents make lifestyle changes to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Children must have a BMI at (or around) the 85th percentile to qualify, and parents need to be involved as well. Call or go online for more information.

  • 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
  • North YMCA
    1640 Sandalwood Place, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 885-4252

ymcacolumbus.org/strong-well-fit

YMCA Y-Kids are Fit

Allows kids to participate in physical activity and learn about fitness and nutrition at the same time. This program is offered at various throughout Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield and Pickaway counties, including schools and after care sites.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1142 ext. 120
ymcacolumbus.org/ykids-fit