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Weight Management & Obesity

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition

Offers families a comprehensive approach to weight management. Their website has helpful information and resources for families and providers. Go online to learn more about investigational studies, bariatric surgery, the BMI calculator and how to schedule appointments with their staff of dieticians, physicians and recreational therapists.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6200

10TV Commit to Be Fit

Stay educated about fitness and staying healthy, and search for local events and stories of interest. Kids can sign up for the Kid’s Club to get emails about staying fit and also find health and fitness events that are happening in central Ohio. They can also make an online fitness plan and check their progress.
770 Twin Rivers Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 460-3700

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Serves youth ages 6 to 18 from all over Columbus. For $5 per year, the club offers a wide range of activities, exercise opportunities and healthy eating classes. They have summer programs available as well. Scholarships are available for families who cannot afford to pay.

  • Milo-Grogan Clubhouse
    1012 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
    (614) 294-4366
  • Westside Clubhouse
    115 South Gift Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 221-8830

Children’s Hunger Alliance CATCH Physical Fitness Program

Provides physical activity for elementary and middle school aged children at many after school programs throughout central Ohio. The 12-week program is offered at many sites, including churches, community centers and schools for children from families with a low income. Parents can find out more by talking to the staff of their child’s after school program.
1105 Schrock Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(800) 227-6446 or (614) 341-7700

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 Public Health Healthy Children, Healthy Weights

Dietitians provide free classes on how to modify children’s menus, daily routines, and environments to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. The program is geared toward parents and child care providers of children from birth to kindergarten. Their website also has information about ways to stay active, healthy drinks for kids and more.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417

Columbus Recreation & Parks Department

Recreation centers offer fitness, sports and exercise opportunities for kids throughout Columbus. Go online to find the location nearest you.
1111 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 645-3330

Community Gardening: Growing to Green Program

Community gardens improve the quality of life for people by adding beauty to a neighborhood and giving community members a way to improve physical activity and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Gardeners can eat and share the food they grow or sell it at community markets. The Franklin Park Conservatory Growing to Green Program has more information about some of these community gardens in central Ohio.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000

Consider Biking

Offers information about local biking events and trails, and promotes bicycling in central Ohio.
4041 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 447-8894

Farmers’ Markets in Central Ohio

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 not only cash and credit card, but also WIC coupons and the Ohio Direction Card (food stamps).

Feeding Your Kids

The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s, partnering with University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital offers a free 45-day text and email-based program that addresses the real life challenges of feeding kids and teenagers. Contact directly for more information.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4824

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

Girls on the Run

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
(800) 901-9965


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.
7000 Cardinal Place, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 757-5000

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

Kids Health

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

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 and events.
1069 West Main Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 891-0700

New U

The New U program is a weight management program for children ages 5 and older and is offered at several locations. Contact the Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition for more information about the cost and insurance coverage.

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    555 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Franklin Park Indoor Adventure Center
    584 County Line Road West, Westerville, Ohio 43082
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Westerville Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center
    1747 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203

(614) 722-4824

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Happy Healthy Preschoolers

A free program for parents of children ages 1 to 6 to learn about choosing healthy foods for their children and ways to keep them active. One-hour sessions are taught by community volunteers once per week for 6 weeks. Visit their website for a list of program dates and locations throughout Columbus.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-3503

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

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

Offers free money management/financial education workshops, HUD-certified, City of Columbus approved homebuyer education, nutritional education programs (EFNEP and SNAP-Ed); community 4-H Youth Development clubs, school enrichment, after-school and STEM programming for a minimal fee, urban agriculture education programs and more.
Franklin County Office: 530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 866-6900

Ounce of Prevention

The online handouts have a lot of useful nutritional information for parents of tweens and teens.
700 Childrens’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4958 or (614) 722-2861

Walk With a Doc

This free program is offered at several locations throughout Columbus on Saturday mornings 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. Walking offers many health benefits. Go online to find more information and program sites.
(614) 714-0407

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.
PO Box 30105, Bethesda, Maryland 20824
(301) 592-8573

YMCA Adult Diabetes Prevention Program

Eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. 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 16 one-hour sessions. To qualify, people must be 18 or older, be overweight, and be at high risk for developing diabetes. The cost is free for fully-insured United Health Care (UHC) insurance members, and about $150 to $200 for others.  Contact them directly for complete program details.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
YMCA Information: (614) 224-1131
UHC Members: (800) 237-4942

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. Click here to view additional program detail, eligibility information, and the YMCA locations offering this program.   Please note: Classes start September 2015
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 384-2284 or (614) 224-1142

YMCA People Helping People Scholarship Program

Provides a helping hand 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. Scholarships and discounts are available for 6-month periods. Go online to apply.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1131

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. They meet two evenings per week for an hour. Children must have a BMI more than the 85th percentile to qualify (click to learn your BMI), and parents need to be involved as well. Participants do not need to be YMCA members to qualify. Call or go online for more information. It is currently offered at 3 local YMCAs.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 224-1142

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 about 60 sites throughout Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield and Pickaway counties, including schools and after care sites. Parents can find out about programs by asking their after school sites about Y-Kids are Fit.
40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-1131