Our pie chart helps us focus on the areas of balanced living, but sometimes it can be hard to think of community activities for each area over a lifetime. It is important to try a lot of activities to find the one that works the best for the specific individuals you serve. However, even when you find an activity that works, the interest and availability of the activity will likely not last a lifetime. It is a good idea to continue to try new activities periodically while keeping up with established ones. Cost is also a concern, as most individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities will have a limited income. Our position is that a Medicaid paid provider is covered under ADA and should not be charged admission to stay with the individual they serve at community venues. However, it is always best to call the venue before going to ensure you have the proof of status desired by the location (ie staff ID). In this blog, we will focus on specific activities that we have found successful in central Ohio with the hope that others outside of central Ohio will use these activities as a springboard to find activities in their neighborhood.
Traditional Indoor Fitness:
City of Columbus Parks and Recreation – A Leisure Card can be purchased for $1 and is good for 3 years. Admission to 28 recreation centers that offer fitness equipment. Details on locations, hours and facilities at each center are available at https://columbusrecparks.com/facilities/communitycenters/
OhioHealth Chiller Indoor Ice Rinks (Dublin, Easton, Ice Works, North and Haus). All offer public skates. Go to https://www.thechiller.com/public-skating/ to find out times. Noon Skates admission is $8 and public skate admission is $10. Skate rental is $4.
Worthington Community Center - indoor pool, fitness equipment, walking/running track - $8 day pass https://www.worthington.org/784/Aquatics
Westerville Community Center – indoor pool, fitness equipment, walking/running track - $5-12 day pass depending on age and residency. https://parks.westerville.org/facilities/community-center/watering-hole
Dublin Community Center – indoor pool, fitness equipment, walking/running track - $6-15 day pass depending on age and residency. https://dublinohiousa.gov/recreation-services/membership-facilities/
Gyms that offer free day passes:
Planet Fitness https://daypass.planetfitness.com/
Crunch Fitness https://info.crunch.com/free-trial
Golds Gym https://www.goldsgym.com/ilg/free-pass/
Anytime Fitness https://www.anytimefitness.com/try-us-free/?club=3001
Metro Fitness http://metrofitnessohio.com/one-day-free-pass/
CrossFit Clintonville, Community WOD - The community Workout of the Day (WOD) is a free class that will give you a chance to experience CrossFit while using easy to learn movements (3 class trial). Every Saturday at 10 am.