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Weight Management & Obesity

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

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

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

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

Kids Health

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

kidshealth.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

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 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) 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

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 Adult Diabetes Prevention Program

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach helps participants change their lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes over the course of 1 year. To qualify, you must be 18 or older, females with a history of gestational diabetes, BMI 25 or more, Hemogloban A1c level between 5.7-6.4%, or Fasting Plasma Glucose between 100-125 mg/dL, or a 2-hour (75 gm glucola) Plasma Glucose between 140-199 mg/dL. The cost is free to Medical Mutual participants. No referral needed; contact them directly for complete program details.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
YMCA Information: (614) 224-1131
Medical Mutual: (877) 520-6728
ymcacolumbus.org/ydpp

YMCA Healthy Weight and Your Child

Focuses on nutrition education and physical activity to encourage healthy lifestyle habits. This program offers classes to families with children ages 7 to 13 who have a body mass index (BMI) in the 95th percentile or higher. Parents or caregivers are required to attend the classes as well. Medical clearance is needed in order for children to participate.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 384-2284 or (614) 224-1142
ymcacolumbus.org/news-media/news/healthy_weight_and_your_child

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