Healthy Places

Healthy Places

Mon - Fri 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Program Director
Scott Ulrich, AICP, CNU-A 
(614) 645-5318

[email protected]

Safe Routes to School
Katherine Swidarski 
(614) 645-0380 [email protected]


The mission of the Healthy Places program is to enhance healthy and active living. We do this through the policies and practices that impact how we build the places we live, work and play. These "Healthy Places" make it easier to be more active as part of everyday life. 

The Healthy Places program works to create a built environment  that encourages walkability, bikeability and physical activity through community design processes such as land use and transportation planning.

The built environment includes the physical elements added to the natural environment to create our community, like our buildings, road systems, parks, neighborhoods, civic buildings, and schools.



Find information on Art Walks, Green Walks, neighborhood walking maps and assessments, neighborhood walking clubs, and Walk with a Doc. Learn more.

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Find information on bike friendly businesses, Columbus Art Rides, biking events, biking for transportation, and bike maps. Learn more.

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HIA is a tool used to make sure that health is considered in all policies, projects, plans, or key decisions within our community. It also promotes better options for healthier choices for communities with fewer resources and higher rates of disease (health equity). Learn more.

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Americans today rely more on personal cars than ever before.  Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs aim to reduce this automobile dependency by promoting safe walking and biking to school for children across the country.  Learn more.