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Healthy Lifestyle & Nutrition

10TV Commit to Be Fit

Stay educated about fitness and staying healthy with local events and stories of interest.
10tv.com/commit-be-fit

Action for Healthy Kids

Provides support and resources for schools to engage school professionals, families and communities in actions that lead to healthy eating and physical activity.
actionforhealthykids.org

ACTIVE Kids

Visit their website to find information on local races, team sports and recreational activities and camps for kids.
activekids.com

Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS)

Non-profit behavioral healthcare agency providing alcohol and drug treatment, licensed counseling, domestic violence education and intervention programs, and support services for families affected by addiction. They also offer a summer camp, UCANN Serve and UCANN Lead programs for ages 11-17 to experience mentorship and civic engagement, Urban GEMS science and gardening after-school program for ages 12-19, and awards two scholarships per year for youth ages 17-22 pursuing higher education. The organization was founded by and centers the African community but serves all regardless of race, gender, disability, or economic status.
1409 East Livingstone Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 253-4448
apdsinc.org

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children

The website has information on a wide range of health topics, 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.
healthychildren.org

Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program at Columbus Public Health

Free Smoking/Vaping Cessation program for pregnant mothers. Pregnant moms must be less than 36 weeks gestation to enroll. Attend four prenatal sessions and six post-partum sessions. Earn up to $400 in gift cards for diapers and baby wipes by staying smoke/vape-free. A household partner may also enroll if smoking/vaping and will also receive gift card incentives for staying smoke/vape-free. Call for details.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-2135
babyandmetobaccofree.org

Become an Ex

Receive a personalized quit plan, get expert advice from the Mayo Clinic, and be a part of a supportive community of other quitters. Visit the website to find resources and toolkits about quitting and how to help someone else quit.
becomeanex.org
becomeanex.org/ex-resources/

Bikes for All People (B4AP)

Provides affordable access to bicycles and cycling-related resources to those who rely on bikes as their sole means of transportation. They offer new and pre-owned bikes, parts, tools and cycling gear, free maintenance classes, an open repair shop and group rides. They also accept donations.
934 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 670-8685
bikes4allpeople.com

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus

Nationally-acclaimed club providing after-school and summer programming for youth 5-18. Programs are oriented around Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, Character & Leadership, and Mental Health & Wellbeing. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities, and mentoring. Go online for a full list of locations, including Newark, 3 Marion Clubs, and 8 Columbus Clubs.
(614) 221-8830
bgccentralohio.org

Breathing Association

Offers asthma management for services children and adults, a free Lung Health Clinic and a mobile medical unit. Their free Lung Health Clinic is for those who do not have insurance or cannot afford medical care. They also help with winter heating and summer cooling programs through HEAP, water assistance program, electric bill assistance and window air conditioners to those without central air for households who are medically needy. They provide vacuum cleaners and mattress and pillow covers for those in need. Their Quit for Good program provides free weekly tobacco cessation classes, facilitated by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and ongoing support for 12 months.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 457-2997
Mobile Medical Unit: (614) 273-2843
Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP): breathingassociation.org/heap/low-income-household-water-assistance-program-lihwap
Winter Crisis Program (Nov-Mar): breathingassociation.org/heap/winter-crisis-program
Summer Crisis Program (electric utility assistance): breathingassociation.org/heap/summer-crisis-program
Main Website: breathingassociation.org

Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC) Beat the Pack Smoking Cessation Program

A free 6-week smoking cessation program. These sessions are open to anyone who wants to quit smoking. Participants do not have to be a patient of Central Ohio Primary Primary Care to attend the sessions. You can sign-up on their website or call to learn more.

  • 5202 Bethel Reed Park, Columbus, Ohio 43220
  • 655 Africa Road, Westerville, Ohio 43082

(614) 565-1870
copcp.com/HealthServices/TobaccoCessation

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center

Provides up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines for parents and healthcare professionals.
chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center

Choose MyPlate

Provides quick, easy reference tools for parents, teachers, healthcare providers and communities on USDA’s MyPlate symbol that helps people make healthier food choices.
choosemyplate.gov

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Resource Lists

These neighborhood resource lists are extremely helpful in finding resources near you. They provide detailed listings of free and low cost health care, vision care, dental care, prescription help, food pantries, transportation, job help, transportation, pregnancy resources and much more. They are updated frequently and reviewed by the Columbus Public Health social work team. Please note that CPH does not provide direct monetary assistance, but these lists are helpful in finding community agencies that do provide this assistance.

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417
Columbus Public Health Neighborhood Social Work Helpline: (614) 645-6807
https://new.columbus.gov/Services/Public-Health

Community Development for All People (CD4AP) & All People’s Fresh Market

This faith-based organization hosts daily Fresh Markets with free produce for families, nutrition education, a Free Store with clothing and household items, after school program at Lincoln Park Elementary, free health and wellness classes, and community events.

4allpeople.org

Community Parks & Recreation Programs in Your Neighborhood

Columbus has parks and recreation centers throughout the city and surrounding areas. They provide a variety of programs, camps and classes for children, teens and adults. Click below to find local programs in your neighborhood.

Doctor Yum Project Meal-O-Matic

Helps you create your own personalized meals based on the ingredients you have on hand, your favorite flavors, or your own dietary needs.
recipes.doctoryum.org/en/makers
Recipes & Meal Planner: recipes.doctoryum.org

Eat Right

Provides nutrition and healthy eating tips, recipes, articles and more from registered dietitians. Eat Right is created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
eatright.org
Eat Right Kids: eatright.org/for-kids

Ellyn Satter Institute (ESI)

Provides feeding and healthy eating information and tips for parents of young children to transform family meals into joyful, healthful, struggle-free events, free from drama and conflict.
ellynsatterinstitute.org

Family Adolescent & Child Community Engagement Service (FACCES)

Family Adolescent and Child Community Engagement Service (FACCES)  is a non-profit providing support for families on the South side of Columbus. Programs include a free fresh market, urban gardening, cooking classes, family fitness classes, access to healthcare through OSU Wexner Medical Center Community Care Coach and family gatherings. FACCES Life Ready Urban Gardening Class is a free, weekly program for youth to learn about how to grow their own food, careers in agriculture, and environmental stewardship. Go online to register for programs and find upcoming events.
2515 Lockbourne Road, Columbus, OH  43207
(614) 319-6070 or (800) 464-0920
thefacces.org

Fast VAX Facts Mobile App

An app that parents and caregivers can use to get trusted, factual information on immunizations. Search “Fast VAX Facts” in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. Click the link below for more information.
fvf.ohioaap.org

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Offers family-friendly exhibits, classes, workshops, and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. Check the website Calendar for upcoming events and classes, which are sometimes free. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month for Community Day. Active or Retired service members get $1 off each ticket. SNAP, EBT, WIC and Medicaid recipients get tickets for $3 each with ID and proof of participation.
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 715-8000
fpconservatory.org

Franklinton Cycle Works (FCW)

Helps families keep their bikes in good working order through its free Open Shop program in which people repair their own bicycles with help from 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

Franklinton Farms

This urban farm, located West of downtown Columbus, provides connection through farming, gardening, and education. Order online to access affordable, locally-grown produce. Anyone can visit their U-PICK garden to harvest the produce they need, for free. They also train community gardeners in communities experiencing food deserts, post free healthy recipes, provide after-school and recreational programs, and host regular community events, such as community Tea Time every Thursday.
867 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 233-1887
franklintonfarms.org

Girls on the Run (GOTR) Central Ohio

A ten-week program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade to develop physical fitness, managing emotions, communication, empathy, and friendship skills. Trained coaches lead small teams through activities, running games and lessons and ends in a 5K event. They also offer a summer camp for girls in 3rd-5th grade. Fee assistance is available. Go online for registration details and locations.
Main Office: 1145-L Chesapeake Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 681-4687
girlsontheruncentralohio.org

GrowIN

Provides programs and education on nutrition, wellness and arts in Columbus. Their programs bring together community members of all ages to participate activities such as crafts, open mics, exercise, nutrition / wellness education and more. Go online to volunteer or find their next event.
https://sites.google.com/view/growin-cbus/home

Healthier With Science!

This website promotes better health outcomes through a healthy lifestyle, and provides a free nutrition and weight management course as well as a general exercise course.
healthierwithscience.com

Healthy LifeStars

Provides free programming to schools and youth serving organizations to support kids and families with the resources they need to make healthy choices, build resiliency, achieve goals, and to form healthy habits for life. The LifeStar Challenge motivates and educates kids on the importance of physical activity, proper nutrition, and setting and achieving personal health goals through three simple principles, “I Am Active! I Eat Right! I Can Do It!”. In addition, they offer resources and support for families that can be accessed any time.
1585 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 563-8926
www.healthylifestars.org

Hixon Dance

Dance company and studio in Clintonville, Ohio. They offer classes in a variety of dance styles and somatic movement for ages 2-5, ages 6-12, teens, and adults. ChoreoLab is a student performing ensemble for students to create and perform a dance together. They also offer online classes, private lessons, and week-long summer camps for ages 3-10. You can also book a trial class before enrolling.
5080 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(380) 222-4196
hixondance.com

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

Offers immunization information for health care professionals and the public, including parent handouts about thimerosal, common vaccine questions and more.
immunize.org (for Health Care Professionals)
vaccineinformation.org (for Parents & Families)

Integrity Athletics

Athletic recreation center in Central Ohio offering a variety of classes, training opportunities, and competitions for youth, preschool and up. Classes include gymnastics, tumbling, martial arts, and HUGS gymnastics for special needs youth. They also host a preschool open gym, special events, and summer camp. They partner with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine to provide specialized athletic training.
8185 Business Way, Plain City, Ohio 43064
(614) 733-0818
integritygym.com

Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus

Provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts opportunities in an inclusive environment defined by Jewish values and culture. All are welcome to participate in their programs. Programs include teen recreation, summer and spring break camps, after school programs, preschool and daycare, fitness classes, theater, and more.
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

Let Me Run

This program for boys in 3rd-8th grade inspires boys to be themselves, be active and belong. Twice a week for 7 weeks, two trained volunteer coaches lead an elementary or middle school team through practices that utilize running to help boys gain confidence, self-expression, and respect for peers and coaches. Each fall and spring season culminates in a 5k race. Scholarships and financial assistance may be available. Go online to find out more information.
PO Box 163, Amlin, Ohio 43002
(614) 517-9591
letmerun.org

LifeCare Alliance Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA)

Offers services for Central Ohio families managing diabetes including education and counseling, medical nutrition therapy, and wellness checks with registered nurses at their community center locations. They accept Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance with no direct cost to patients. They also offer free testing supplies for those needing assistance, and accept donations for supplies. Camp Hamwi offers fun, outdoor summer camp experiences for youth ages 7-17 with diabetes. Camp fees are low and scholarships are available for families who qualify based on income.
1699 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
Diabetes Services: 614-437-2912
Camp Hamwi: 614-437-2914
Locations: lifecarealliance.org/programs/wellness/wellness-centers
lifecarealliance.org/programs/coda

Local Matters Veggie Van

Nonprofit supporting communities with food access, education, and advocacy. Offers in-person and virtual classes to help families shop and cook healthy meals on a budget, hosts community gardens across Columbus, and hosts community gatherings and educational events. Classes are free for all and open to all skill levels. The Veggie Van delivers affordable, fresh produce and other food. Delivery is free for most Columbus neighborhoods, and they accept cash, credit, SNAP/EBT, Produce Perks, and more.
633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 263-5662
local-matters.org

Lower Lights Christian Health Center (LLCHC)

Program: Non-profit offering a wide range of services for the entire family including; comprehensive primary care, OB/GYN, dental, vision, behavioral health, pharmacy (prescriptions are available at reduced cost), nutrition and spiritual care.
Eligibility: Infants, children and adults
Cost: Government insurance (Medicaid, Medicare), private insurance, sliding fee scale for those without insurance

  • Lower Lights Health Center
    1160 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • Lower Lights German Village
    1560 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
  • Lower Lights Linden
    2028 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
  • Lower Lights Franklinton Central
    777 West State Street, Columbus, OH 43222
  • Lower Lights Westerville
    6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
  • Lower Lights Unionstar
    773 Walnut Street, Marysville, Ohio 43040
  • Lower Lights Newark
    69 South Terrace Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055
  • Community Refugee and Immigration Services
    4645 Executive Drive, Columbus, OH 43220

(614) 274-1455
llchc.org

Market on the Green in Whitehall

An urban farmer’s market based in the Whitehall neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Find locally grown produce and specialty, handmade items while listening to music from local performers. The Power of Produce program offers themed activities and nutrition education for kids through partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The market accepts SNAP/EBT/SUN Bucks, Produce Perks, and credit cards. The market is open most Tuesday evenings during the summer.
4657 East Broad Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
whmarketonthegreen.com

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

Offers information and local resources about local biking events and trails, bicycle safety, promotes bicycling in central Ohio. They also provide a Franklin County Home Repair program low- and moderate-income homeowners, home energy efficiency and safety services at no cost to income-eligible homeowners and renters, and information on air quality.
111 Liberty Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Home Repair: (614) 233-4171
Free Home Energy Efficiency & Safety Services: (614) 621-1171
morpc.org

MORPC (Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission) Air Quality Program

Get daily air quality information and protect your health.  You can get Air Quality Alerts or forecasts by email or text. Call the air quality hotline for information in English or Spanish at (888) 666-1009.
Air Quality Alert Sign-Up
www.morpc.org/programs-services/air-quality

Mount Carmel Healthy Living Center

Community health and wellness center providing free holistic health and wellness programs for everyone, empowering individuals to embrace long-term health behavior changes in a safe, inclusive space. Programs include cooking and nutrition, community meetings, diabetes prevention, exercise classes, wellness and stress management, financial education, healthy babies, and mom support groups. Go online to find healthy recipes, program descriptions, and to register for a program.
(614) 234-4660
777 West State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
mountcarmelhealth.com/about-us/community-benefit/outreach-programs/healthy-living-center

My Life, My Quit

A tailored tobacco cessation program for youth under age 18 who want to stop using tobacco products, especially vaping and electronic cigarettes. They offer education materials and trained coaches who will listen and help teens navigate social situations while finding healthy ways to cope with stress, by leading them through five sessions by phone, live texting or chat (enroll online for chat services).
Text ‘Start My Quit’ to 36072
oh.mylifemyquit.org

National Veterans Memorial & Museum

The only museum in the United States dedicated to preserving the stories of veterans from all branches of service. Visitors can experience a narrative journey of veterans’ stories through history, explore curated exhibitions, and enjoy community events. Rally Point is a monthly meeting for connecting and educating veterans and their loved ones, and they offer free Jiu Jitsu and Yoga classes for veterans or civilians. The website also has resources for veterans and Gold Star Families for mental health, educational opportunities, and more.
300 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 362-2800
nationalvmm.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition

Offers families a comprehensive approach to prevention and treatment of overweight children ages 2 and older. Their website has helpful information and resources for families and providers on research studies, gastric bypass surgery, nutrition articles and more.

  • Livingston Ambulatory Center
    380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 722-2000
  • 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
  • Westerville Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
    584 County Line Road West, Westerville, Ohio 43082
    (614) 355-6000

(614) 722-4824
nationwidechildrens.org/center-for-healthy-weight-nutrition

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) New U: Weight Management Program

Offers three medical weight loss programs for children and adolescents who struggle with being overweight. 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
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
    584 County Line Road West, Westerville, Ohio 43082
    (614) 355-6000

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

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Play Strong: Physical Activity Program

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 & Orthopedic Center
    584 County Line Road West, Westerville, Ohio 43082
  • Dublin Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center
    5680 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017

(614) 355-8735
nationwidechildrens.org/Play-Strong

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Substance Use Treatment & Recovery Program (STAR)

Helps teens and young adults with substance use (also called drug use) disorders. People ages 12 to 25 can receive outpatient care at the Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Program (formerly called Medication Assisted Treatment for Addiction). This program, located in the Livingston Ambulatory Center, is part of the Division of Adolescent Medicine. The STAR team works together with the patient and family to figure out the best plan for treatment. They also work with community partners to provide medical, mental and behavioral health care for every patient. Their tobacco cessation services help teens quit e-cigs, vaping and smoking.
380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 355-8614
nationwidechildrens.org/specialties/substance-use-treatment-and-recovery-program

Nemours Teens Health

This website has a lot of information for teens that covers various health topics such as depression, relationships, staying safe, sexual health, smoking, coping with cliques, binge drinking, dealing with an alcoholic parent, marijuana use, body image and much more. There is also information for parents and educators.
teenshealth.org/en/teens

Nicotine Anonymous (NicA)

A 12-step program offering support to those who want to quit cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. People can go online to search for local meetings in their community, in the form of group meetings and even meetings over the telephone or on the internet.
National: (877) 879-6422
Local: (740) 343-5438
nicotine-anonymous.org/find-a-meeting.html

Ohio Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Provides free nutrition education for low-income adults with children and for youth in schools where a majority of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch. OSU Extension, Franklin County also offers EFNEP programs for non-English speaking families (currently available in Spanish and Somali). To learn more about EFNEP or if you are interested in hosting a series, visit the website for contact information.
Franklin County Extension Office
530 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
franklin.osu.edu/program-areas/efnep

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension

OSU College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences works with families, farmers, business owners, and community leaders to build better communities in Ohio. They offer soil testing kits, 4-H Youth Development Clubs, community courses on Urban Agriculture, Beginner’s Grant Writing, and Food Safety. Their Family & Consumer Sciences office offers nutrition and lifestyle resources including SNAP education, Dining with Diabetes, Food Preservation, and more.
2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 866-6900
franklin.osu.edu/home

Ohio State University (OSU) Extension: Ohioline

Provides access to hundreds of 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) LiFEsports

Free program serving vulnerable youth through sports-based positive youth  development at various school and community center locations in Columbus. They offer after school programs, summer camps, and sports clinics for youth ages 5-14. The Youth Leadership Academy is a 4 year program for high schoolers to experience professional development, mentoring, career visits, and college prep. Free meals and transportation are provided. Go online or call for registration details.
2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210
(614) 514-5942
osulifesports.org

Ohio State University (OSU) Recreational Sports

Facilities at Ohio State University for indoor and outdoor recreation. OSU students can find information on fitness classes, disability accommodations, and more. Offerings open to the community include Red Cross swim classes and Camp Recky, a sports and recreation summer camp for ages 6-13.
337 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-7671
recsports.osu.edu

Ohio Tobacco Quit Line

Free telephone counseling available to all Ohio residents interested in quitting smoking or the use of other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes. Participants can choose from phone and/or online programs; and may be eligible for 2 or more weeks of free nicotine gum, patches, or medication. Their website also has health information, resources for quitting, and how to be a supportive family member or friend to someone quitting.
Quit Line: (800) 784-8669
ohio.quitlogix.org

Ohio Trails Partnership & Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Explore events happening around you on the trails of Ohio. This website was created by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Trails Partnership. With more than 5,000 of miles of trails (biking, hiking, running, walking, water trails, and equestrian), Ohio has a lot of opportunities to get out and explore.
trails.ohiodnr.gov

OhioHealth Wellness on Wheels (WOW): Women’s Health & Prenatal Care

The OhioHealth WOW mobile unit offers mobile healthcare to deliver primary care, women’s health services, and prenatal services regardless of your ability to pay. Services include annual physicals, immunizations, adult sick visits, chronic condition management, ultrasounds, reproductive care and birth control, lab testing, interpretive services, and more.

  • Hilltop YMCA
    2879 Valleyview Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • Linden Opportunity Center
    1350 Briarwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
  • Van Buren Shelter
    595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43223
  • Women’s Health Locations
    • Directions for Youth: 3840 Kimberly Parkway, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    • East High School: 1500 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    • 3830 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
    • Linden Opportunity Center (see above)
    • Northland High School: 1919 Northcliff Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    • South High School: 1160 Ann Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
    • Van Buren Shelter (see above)
    • Walnut Ridge High School: 4841 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43227

(614) 566-9989
ohiohealth.com/in-the-community/our-programs/wellness-on-wheels

Ounce of Prevention

This toolkit contains helpful online handouts with nutritional and developmental information for parents and physicians of newborns to teens, to help prevent childhood obesity.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4824 or (614) 644-7035
nationwidechildrens.org/ounce-of-prevention

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.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30333
(800) 232-4636 Toll-free or (888) 232-6348 TTY
cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html

Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime

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.
ohioaap.org/education-cme-moc-ii/parenting-at-mealtime-and-playtime/

Safe Kids Central Ohio

Provides car seat inspections, educational resources, product recall information and safety tips to help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries. Visit their website for a list of car seat inspection locations.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6138
Car Seat Inspection Sites: safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-central-ohio
Main Website: safekids.org

Sesame Street in the Communities

Provides information and videos to help children thrive and deal with issues that affect children’s lives. Resource topics include health and wellness, social-emotional skills, trauma, diversity and inclusion, and school readiness. They offer videos, games, and worksheets for children to explore, and free webinars for parents and educators.

Sesame for Families: sesameworkshop.org/resources
sesamestreet.org/home

Simply Living in Worthington

Offers a directory of locally-owned and sustainable businesses and a variety of courses on environmental sustainability, nonviolent communication, healthy living, personal finance, and civic engagement. They host regular free and low-cost community events including yoga, bird-watching, mindfulness, and Empathy Calls weekly support group. They also offer opportunities for internship or volunteering.
‪659 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 447-0296‬‬
simplyliving.org

Smokefree Teen

Helps teens take control of their health. Smokefree TXT is a free texting service designed to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help teens ages 13-17 stop smoking for good. QuitSTART is a free smartphone app (Apple Store and Google Play) that helps with creating a personalized quit kit, track quitting progress, and provide healthy ways to manage smoking triggers. Visit their website for more information, which also includes live, online chat support, vaping information, tools to handle hard times and much more.
teen.smokefree.gov

Smokefree.gov

Offers free text messaging programs that give 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips for becoming smoke-free and being healthier (like building skills for healthier eating, physical activity and weight management). Get help from an expert on ways to stop smoking and find a strategy to fit your individual needs (pregnant women, teens, veterans and Spanish speakers).
Text ‘CRAVE,’ ‘MOOD’ or ‘SLIP’ to 47848

  • Text CRAVE if you need help beating a craving
  • Text MOOD if you need an emotional boost
  • Text SLIP if you need help getting back on track after you smoke

smokefree.gov

South Side Thrive

A network of partners in the South Side of Columbus working to holistically improve quality of life for residents. Their website has helpful information and resources for finding healthcare and insurance, healthy eating, resilience, mental and physical wellness, and managing chronic conditions. Use their Resource Map to locate resources like food, childcare, healthcare, legal help, and more in the South Side. Go online to contact the organization.
southsidethrive.org

Superspecs (Free Sports Goggles)

Provides no-cost baseball and softball helmets with face masks, sports goggles for basketball and soccer, and prescription sports goggles for any activity. Items are available for kids ages 4-18. Parents can find eligibility details and apply online.
Ohio Ophthalmological Society
5115 Parkcenter Avenue, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 527-6799
superspecs.org

This is Quitting Truth Initiative

A free texting program to help teens and young adults quit vaping. To enroll, text ‘DITCHVAPE’ to 88709 to receive motivation, inspiration, and encouraging messages to quit vaping. Teens may also text ‘COPE,’ ‘STRESS,’ ‘SLIP,’ or ‘MORE’ for instant messages. Parents can text ‘QUIT’ to 847-278-9715 to sign up to receive text messages designed specifically for parents of vapers.
900 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 454-5555
truthinitiative.org/thisisquitting

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Their website has helpful information about food safety, dietary supplements, food ingredients, and nutrition; drugs, medical devices, radiation-emitting products, vaccines and more.

  • Report a problem with FDA-regulated products: (888) 463-6332
  • To report an emergency involving food, drugs, medical devices, dietary supplements, or cosmetics: (866) 300-4374

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.
fns.usda.gov

Valemee (Inclusive Gym & Fitness Training Center)

Adaptive fitness program for people with physical, neurological, and developmental challenges, and their caregivers, to achieve optimal health and fitness. They certify athletic trainers, gyms, and recreation centers in the program. They provide personal training and group fitness classes at their partner gyms in Central Ohio. Individuals can call or go online for an intake meeting where Valemee will get to know you and your goals, perform an assessment, and find a gym near you.
(614) 937-8309
valemee.com

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.
(614) 714-0407
walkwithadoc.org

We Can!

Provides resources and information for parents and kids ages 8 to 13 on healthy eating, play and physical activity, and screen time.
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.
921 North Hight Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 470-4220
yaybikes.com

YMCA of Central Ohio

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Hosts programs for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, childcare, summer camps, juvenile justice, housing, and more.

  • YMCA Stable Families Service coordination Program: Families with children (from Pre-K to 12th grade) who live in Franklin County have access to a service coordinator who can help with household income, maintaining safe and stable housing, and academic achievement of school-aged children.
    (614) 219-9895
  • Juvenile Justice: Provides a structured and supervised environment for 6th to 12th grade students as an alternative to being suspended from school. Students must be referred by their school district.
    (614) 578-7568
  • Early Childhood/Childcare: Provides free childcare while parents use Y facilities, summer programs, early learning centers, preschool, Head Start, and more.
    (614) 689-2096
  • Housing: Provides housing stability services for adults facing homelessness in Columbus, Ohio.
    (614) 705-9151
  • Early Childhood Resource Network Plus (ECRN+): Programming for infants and children with special needs, apply online for an adaptive equipment loan.
  • Y Cares: Infant mortality reduction program for families expecting or with a baby under the age of 1, provides free pregnancy testing, diapers, formula, home-visiting, parent support groups, and counseling.
    (614) 689-2080

Administrative Office: 1907 Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 389-4409
YMCA Locations & Contact Info: ymcacolumbus.org/locations
YMCA Columbus Website: ymcacolumbus.org

Zion Astro Soccer Club

A philanthropic soccer program for youth ages 6-13 years old. Children learn the game of soccer, establish passion for the game and improve their technical ability. They have sister locations in Columbus, Ohio and in Liberia and players participate in cultural exchange through virtual meetings. They also offer a summer camp. Fees are minimal, call if you need assistance.
2845 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 699-0229
zionastro.com


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