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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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