Community for healthier lifestyles
The Locavore blog helps you eat locally grown food year-round. Frequently updated, you’ll find posts on community supported agriculture, foraged foods, family farms and a comprehensive list of links to local food outlets. They operate a Yahoo group for dialogue with interested folks, too. cincinnatilocavore.blogspot.com.
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Civic Garden Center
This nonprofit garden offers education, outreach and networking for greener lives. 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, 513-221-0981, www.civicgardencenter.org.
Imago for the Earth
This environmental organization works to educate locals and reshape the urban community of Upper Price Hill. The Enright Eco-Village (www.enrightridgeecovillage.org) is part of Imago’s campus and offers affordable, environmentally friendly housing, a food co-op, community meals and more. Their 16-acre nature preserve is open daily. 700 Enright Ave., Price Hill, 513-921-5124.
Park and Vine
Cincinnati’s green general store is also a great space to meet other like-minded folks while relaxing at the in-store bar. 1202 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275.
Rents camping equipment and provides setup as needed. 1429 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, 513-761-5555, www.backyardcampngear.com.
Cincinnati Nature Center
Dedicated to green space preservation and education, the Center features 18 miles of hiking trails. 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, 513-831-1711, www.cincynature.org.
Cincinnati parks includes more than 5,000 acres and 100 scenic parks around the city. 513-352-4080, www.cincinnati-oh.gov/parks.
Civic Garden Center
Works to promote environmental stewardship and the greening of urban Cincinnati. The center itself is a landscaped oasis from the pressures of city life. It also supports nearly 50 urban gardens around the city. 2715 Reading Road, Avondale, 513-221-0981, www.civicgardencenter.org.
Hamilton County Parks
Hamilton County parks offer a vibrant array of green spaces all over the city. Boating, cycling, hiking and more. A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks ($2 daily, $5 annual). 513-521-7275, www.greatparks.org/index.htm.
This educational farm introduces children and adults to the joys of agriculture. Gibson Lane, Wilder, 859-781-5502.
Northern Kentucky Parks
• Devou Park boasts fantastic scenic views of downtown Cincinnati and features a golf course, the Behringer-Crawford Museum and a nature trail. Up Sleepy Hollow Road off Dixie Highway, Covington, 859-292-2151.
• Tower Park is a Fort Thomas gem with hiking and biking trails and 86 acres of sports and recreation areas. 950 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, 859-441-4226.
• Big Bone Lick State Park offers camping, scenic, winding trails, a history museum and more. 3380 Beaver Road, Union, 859-384-3522.
The Cincinnati Bicycle/ Pedestrian Advisory Committee is dedicated to making our city a friendlier place to bike and walk. They focus on such topics as bike racks on buses, bike lanes and bike and hike trails. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. 513-591-6000. www.cincinnati-oh.gov/bikes.
Cincinnati Cycle Club
Since the 19th century, the CCC has promoted bicycle recreation, health and safety and helped riders develop friendships. It’s a great way to find out about local rides, races and tours or even find a used bike on the cheap. www.cincinnaticycleclub.org.
Cincinnati’s mass transit network offers routes within a mile of most people’s homes and bike racks on all their buses to extend your riding range. 513-621-4455, www.sorta.com.
The Miami Trail
Also known as the Loveland Trail, it’s a 70-mile segment of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail, which stretches from the Ohio River in Cincinnati all the way to the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland. The Loveland segment is closed to motorized traffic and composed of flat, paved-over train tracks. www.lovelandbiketrail.com.
MoBo Bicycle Co-op
Offers low-cost mechanical training, parts and community for bicycle enthusiasts. Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6-9 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. at 141 Knowlton Ave., Northside, www.mobobicyclecoop.org.
Sells a huge selection of bikes, including electrics. Various locations, www.montgomerycyclery.com.
Queen City Bike
News and events for the two-wheeled community. queencitybike.blogspot.com.
Reser Bicycle Outfitters
Northern Kentucky’s shop for road and mountain bikes. 73 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-261-6187, www.reserbicycle.com.
The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky provides transit south of the river including to CVG airport. Bike racks on all busses. www.tankbus.org.
Gyms and fitness centers
Campus Recreation Center
UC’s on-campus recreation center offers community memberships and 45 group fitness classes a week. University of Cincinnati campus, Clifton Heights, 513-556-0604, www.uc.edu/reccenter.
Rock Quest Climbing Center
Climbing for beginners and experienced wall-crawlers. 3475 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville, 513-733-0123, www.rockquest.com.
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Provides a vast array of exercise classes, gym equipment and healthy living education. Multiple locations, 513-721-2195, www.cincinnatiymca.org.
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
Life resources for women, including fitness, community and empowerment. 898 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-241-7090, www.ywcacincinnati.org.
Consults for Wellness
Integrating conventional and alternative medicine. 4460 Red Bank Expressway, Cincinnati, 513-271-5111, www.lisalarkinmd.com.
Medical Weight Management
Physician-monitored weight loss programs. 9050 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-793-6100, www.theweightclinic.com.
TriHealth Integrative Health & Medicine
Offers acupuncture, aromatherapy, healing touch and more by Dr. Peter Sheng and acupuncture diplomat Jennifer Walther-Liu. 6200 Pfeifer Road, Montgomery, 513-985-6736, www.trihealth.com.
Offers training in exercise for body control and coordination. Four locations in Oakley, Loveland, West Chester and Downtown. 513-478-3232, www.pendletonpilates.com.
Pilates Center of Cincinnati
Private or group sessions with the most extensively trained teachers in the Cincinnati area. 7791 Cooper Road, Montgomery, 513-791-9070, www.pilatescincinnati.com.
Pilates fusion classes and more. Classes held at Aikido of Cincinnati, 4727 Red Bank Road, Madisonville, 513-470-7507, www.513FIT.com.
Cincinnati Yoga School & Bookstore
Offers flexible class times and various levels of training, plus free meditation workshops. 6125 Ridge Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-247-YOGA, www.cincyoga.com.
Covington Yoga and Wellness Studio
Offers the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga practice to people of all experience levels. 440 Scott Blvd., Covington, 859-307-3435, www.covingtonyoga.com.
The Cincinnati Ipsalu Teachers Association teaches tantric yoga. The Integration Studio, 431 Ohio Pike, Anderson Twp., 513-608-2189.
Offers training in ashtanga yoga, good for beginners or experienced practitioners. They also blend other yoga methods and offer special classes for pre-natal exercise. 346 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-961-9642, www.yogagarage.com.
Moksha Yoga and Athletica
Offers hot yoga, yoga training in a specially heated room to loosen muscles and joints and assist in detoxification. 2428 High St., Fort Mitchell, 859-344-9642, www.mokshayoganky.com.
Shine Yoga Center
Offers training in anusara yoga, which focuses on creativity and inner direction. 3330 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-533-9642, www.shineyoga.com.
Dr. Patrick Welage
A certified psychologist and “laughologist,” Welage hosts laughter sessions and traditional yoga for improved health and well being. 513-607-1830.
Yoga Ah! Studio
Yoga for prenatal, kids and the entire family, with three-month unlimited classes. 4046 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-YOGA, www.yogaahstudio.com.
The Yoga Bar
Yoga training in a modern space with opportunities to socialize after class. 825 Main St., Downtown, 970-274-4402, www.theyogabar.net
Offers training in astanga and vinyasa yoga. 511 Tusculum Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-698-8707, www.yogasanastudios.com.
Hypnotherapy with a holistic approach. 110 Boggs Lane, Blue Ash, 513-772-9400, www.hypnoticsolutionsohio.com.
Jade Center for Healing Arts
Hypnotherapy by Mary Kacaba. 9122 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, 513-984-4400.
Attitudes for Wellness
Helps with broken relationships, past life regression and more. 9200 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-793-5777.
Offers holistic healing and relaxation services. 4677 Cooper Road, Blue Ash, 513-891-1324, www.mantrawellnesscenter.com.
Support groups and counseling
Cincinnati Gestalt Institute
Dedicated to providing professional training and personal growth experiences in the Gestalt methodology. 48 E. Hollister St., Mount Auburn, 513-421-9739.
Depression Bipolar Support Group
Created from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, it meets 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., College Hill. Also meets in Middletown and Fort Thomas. 513-541-7114, www.dbsacincinnati.org.
Music Therapy Services
Offers music therapy for healing and personal growth. 8447 Beechmont Ave., Beechmont, 513-474-6064, www.music-therapy-cincinnati.com.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Hamilton County
Welcomes family and friends of individuals of all ages who have mental illness. Meets daily. Summit Behavioral Health Care, 3805 Edwards Road, Norwood, 513-351-3500, www.nami-hc.org.
Helps those with alcohol and drug problems. 600 Wilson Creek Road, Lawrenceburg, 800-939-CARE.
Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE
Currently conducting a binge eating study. Currently looking for overweight or obese binge eaters to participate in a clinical research study of a medication or placebo.
Helps individuals achieve abstinence from addiction through free behavior awareness and modification sessions. 866-951-5357, www.smartrecovery.org.
Survivors of Suicide
Provides a comfortable setting for sharing and support to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one by suicide. 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. United Church of Christ, 15 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, 859-441-1958.
Clinical psychologist offers Reiki and hypnotherapy. 8354 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester, 513-860-3156, www.teresaolson.com.
Tri-State Tobacco and Alcohol Research Center/University of Cincinnati
Conducts clinical research studies. Currently looking for adult smokers with depression and men in alcohol recovery who are interested in quitting smoking. 2120 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, 513-558-7179.
The Women’s Connection
Offers a developmental playroom for children as well as various support groups and a parent to parent group, homework assistance, girl’s clubs, basic adult literacy classes, tutoring and employment seminars. 4042 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, 513-471-HOPE, www.thewomensconnection.org.
Food, sustainable and organic
NOTE: The retail outlets listed here are just a handful of the local farms and vendors that offer products such as organic vegetables and humanely raised meat.
Campbell County Farmers Market
3-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Senior Citizens Activity Center, 3504 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights; 3-6 p.m. Fridays Southern Lane Sports Center, 7634 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, from April through September. 709 Monmouth St., Newport. 859-572-2600.
Cincinnati Farmers Market Directory
Features an online list with maps and details of two-dozen local markets. www.cincinnatifarmersmarkets.org.
Clifton Natural Foods
Natural foods, herbal supplements, vitamins and much more. 169 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-961-6111.
Promotes plant-based foods, sharing concerns about our environment, compassionate treatment of animals and better health. Features vegetarian potlucks and panel discussions on vegan living as a method for conservation. 513-929-2500, www.cincinnati.earthsave.org.
Earth-Shares at Grailville
This community-supported agriculture program offers season garden subscriptions as well as community gardens. Also purchase certified organic seasonal vegetables at their on-site stand. May through October. Email Jennifer Russell to learn more about getting involved: [email protected].
Farm Fresh Green Bean Delivery
Home delivery of organic produce and natural grocery items. Serves the entire Greater Cincinnati area. 877-827-FARM, www.greenbeandelivery.com.
This bustling inner-city marketplace offers deals on produce, meats, organic food and much more. Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-665-4839, www.findlaymarket.org.
Garden Grove Organics
Gardening store specializing in organic edible plants and hydroponics. 29 E. Seventh St., Covington, 859-360-1843, www.gardengroveorganics.com.
Green Dog Cafe
Purveyors of local, fresh, organic and sustainable meals. 3543 Columbia Pkwy., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-8777, www.greendogcafe.net.
La Terza Coffee
Locally ground fair trade coffee. 513-470-0594, www.laterzacoffee.com.
The Loving Cafe
Vegan dining for a healthier body and planet. 6227 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-731-2233, www.thelovingcafe.com.
Lucky John Slow Market
Organic food and more. 2550 Woodburn Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-979-4829, www.luckyjohnmarket.com.
Martin Hill Farms
During the local growing season Martin Hill Farms offers produce 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Northside Farmers Market and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays at the Mt. Washington Market. All food is produced without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Also operates a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. www.growmaster.com.
Marvin’s Organic Gardens
This local, USDA certified organic garden offers a full-service nursery. 205 U.S. Route 42 South, Lebanon, 513-932-3319.
Northern Kentucky Farmers Market
Offers locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Starting Saturdays in May. Sixth Street Promenade behind the Goose Girl fountain, Covington MainStrasse, 859-292-2163.
Fair trade, organic and shade grown (using forest-friendly permaculture instead of clear cutting) coffee served. 1518 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, 859-261-4939, www.realitytuesday.com.
Sells organic, hydroponic and other innovative gardening supplies. 1360 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger, 859-525-9676, www.wormsway.com.