Designed and developed for the special needs kids ages 8 and up. These camps take place at collegiate or professional athletic training facilities and are taught by collegiate athletes, along with current and former professional athletes. The camps are free of charge. Please contact the camp for further details and to be invited to participate.
967 Spring Grove Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43235
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.
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
Serves youth ages 6 through 18 from across the city. For a low cost, the nationally-acclaimed Club provides members with access to after-school and summer programming oriented around three pillars: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Leadership. Club members have access to tutoring, gym space, teen-specific areas, field trips, career-readiness opportunities and mentoring.
Provides fresh produce, dairy, protein and shelf stable food (and diapers to children age 0-3 years) once every 30 days to all eligible neighbors. Families who live outside their service area can be served one time with a Temporary Assistance Package of food. Diapers are available to income-eligible families in any zip code during regular pantry hours. They also have free produce giveaways twice a month from May to October, and offers free nutrition education classes.
760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines for parents and healthcare professionals.
A soccer program for youth ages 3 to 15 years old. The program offers opportunities year-round for children to join a soccer club, get private lessons and one-on-one training, as well as opportunities to participate in group sessions. Children learn the game of soccer, establish passion for the game and improve their technical ability. There is a minimal cost. Visit the website for contact information.
Field Address: 2845 Noe Bixby Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232 (Nafzger Park)
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
Works with Columbus area childcare centers and partners to prevent childhood overweight and obesity 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) 645-1224 or (614) 645-0261
This faith-based organization provides free produce, clothing and household items to families in need, affordable housing on the South Side of Columbus, youth development, nutrition education and more. They also have the All People’s Fresh Market, which has free fresh food 5 days a week. Go online to find out more information about different programs.
Physical Address: 946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6063, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Main Phone: (614) 445-7342
Free Store Phone: (614) 443-1713
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.
Offer year-round hands-on classes, workshops and summer camps in gardening, cooking, fine art and wellness. General admission is free on the first Sunday of the month. A reduced-rate family membership is available for eligible families (including military families).
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
Membership Office: (614) 715-8054
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
A ten-week program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade in which they develop a life-long appreciation for health and fitness. Trained coaches lead small teams through activities, running games and lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. The program ends with the girls doing a community service project and completing a 5K event. They also offer a summer camp for girls in 3rd-5th grade.
1145-L Chesapeake Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
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.
A faith-based, non-profit organization based in Columbus’ Hilltop community. Some of their programs include a teen club, open basketball gym, low cost summer camp, free legal clinic and more. Visit the website or call for program locations.
Buddy Ball is a baseball league that runs from May through June for children and adults with developmental or physical disabilities (ranging from autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and other special needs). Each player has a Buddy to assist them with whatever help they need to play the game. The fees are minimal, and financial scholarships are available. Visit the website for contact information.
Physical Address: 3400 Ventura Boulevard, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Mailing Address: PO Box 493, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Provides a wide range of recreation and cultural arts opportunities. They also offer teen programs, summer and spring break camps for kids with and without special needs, after school programs, preschool and daycare, special events and more.
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Offers interactive public events, programs, hands-on cooking classes, gardening workshops, and holds community conversations about food and culture for youth, adults and families. The classes are for all, regardless of ability to pay or skill level. They also have the Veggie Van, a mobile grocer and food education program on wheels.
633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Veggie Van: local-matters.org/veggie-van
Program: offers 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 (including Healthy Food Rx program)
Eligibility: males and females; infants, children and adults
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Medicare), private insurance, sliding fee scale for those without insurance
Jubilee Market and Cafe is non-profit grocery store for everyone. They offer a percentage discount on fresh produce for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.
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.
111 Liberty Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663 or (800) 750-0750 TTY
Home Repair: morpc.org/program-service/home-repair-services
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.
Find information on various health topics and about the disease, condition, medical procedure or test your child needs.
In Spanish: healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org/Spanish
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.
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.
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
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;
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
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 that prepares 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
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.
The WOW mobile unit offers women’s health care, for females ages 13 and older, regardless of an ability to pay. Their mobile unit is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of OB/GYN physicians. They provide prenatal, postpartum, and women’s health services, including: ultrasounds, nutrition counseling with a dietitian, access to a social worker to help find additional services and resources, access to birth control, and STI checks. They also offer transportation if needed.
393 East Town Street, Suite 226, Columbus, Ohio 43215
The online handouts have a lot of useful nutritional and developmental information for parents of newborns up to teens and the physicians that care for the child.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4824 or (614) 644-7035
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
A club whose goal is to create positive sports environments fostering social integration, healthy living, and greater self-confidence for children and young adults with special needs. Children and young adults with special needs play sports with volunteers at Ohio State University. Visit the website to find more RallyCap Sports programs in other Ohio cities.
(732) 391-2282 or (419) 708-4214
OSU Chapter: rcsosu.org / facebook.com/RallyCapSportsOSU
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.
Provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. TAASC is also known as Adaptive Sports Connection.
6000 Harriott Drive, Powell, Ohio 43065
Disabled Sports USA: disabledsportsusa.org
National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD): nscd.org
Their website has helpful information about food safety, dietary supplements, food ingredients, and nutrition; drugs, medical devices, radiation-emitting products, vaccines and more.
Offers personal training, group training and fitness classes for people with special neurological, developmental or physical needs. These opportunities are offered in a special fitness center designed to meet their needs to encourage optimal levels of health and fitness for life.
6631 Commerce Parkway, Dublin, Ohio 43017
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.
Through this program, middle and high school age students can participate in after school and summer youth internships to gain skills growing vegetables in sustainable aeroponic towers. In the free youth development program, they gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills while preparing weekly cooking demonstrations and having fun.
The Ohio State University
1787 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210
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
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.
Provides programs focused on 3 areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs, services and initiatives are for men, women and children of all ages covering health and fitness, swimming, age-specific activities, child care, camps, programming for children with special needs and more. Visit the website or contact a YMCA center for more information.
YMCA Administrative Office: 40 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
YMCA Locations & Contacts: ymcacolumbus.org/locations