Active Living - Program Information

The Institute for Active Living was created in 2008 to reduce and prevent chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes by developing strategies to increase healthy eating and physical activity and helping community partners implement them. 


The Institute for Active Living creates a more active, healthy city through:  

Healthy Food 

  • Providing support and resources to more than 100 community gardens
  • Supporting access to nutritious food through Produce to Pantry program
  • Partnering with Community Kitchen to create cooking demonstrations and nutrition education for families

Physical Activity 

  • Providing bicycles for kids and opportunities for play  
  • Partnering with Walk with a Doc and other community walking clubs and programs
  • Linking families to tools and knowledge on how to get moving in their own neighborhoods:     

Get Involved

You can help; become a volunteer or donor and support Active Living. We currently engage more than 50 area partners and would love to add you to our list!

Our Foundation

The Foundation  is donor-advised fund in the Columbus Foundation to support the Institute's work.  

Investments include:

  • Columbus Public Health programs
  • Health Advisory Committees
  • Non-profit organizations