Walking is an easy and inexpensive way to increase physical activity.

Walking is an easy and inexpensive way to increase physical activity.

Clintonville Health Community, a group of local residents who are volunteering their time to devise ways to improve the health of people in the neighborhood, is currently focusing efforts on getting people walking.

"It is a proven fact that regular exercise can prevent or alleviate many problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and it can improve your mental health," according to information provided by the grassroots organization.

Walking fits nicely into an exercise regimen, particularly with the arrival of something other than harsh winter weather.

"Clintonville is very walk-able and has a recreation center which offers a wide variety of activities including a walking club," the group's announcement stated.

The following is a list Clintonville Health Community has compiled of some of the many options available in the neighborhood:

Hiking the Walhalla and Overbrook ravines and trails in Whetstone Park.

Walking along the Olentangy River bike path. Maps are available at:

http://recparks.columbus.gov/ trails/Trails_3.asp

http://recparks.columbus.gov/ trails/2009%20updates/Upper%20Olentangy.pdf

http://recparks.columbus.gov/ trails/2009%20updates/Lower%20Olentangy.pdf

Healthy Places Walking Maps have been created by Columbus Public Health. These can be found at http://publichealth.columbus.gov/columbus-walking-maps.aspx.

Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. (645-3217; www.whetstonepark.org) has a fitness center with treadmills that enable people to walk inside during inclement weather. Additionally there is walking in the gym and a walking club. A leisure card is required and costs $1 for a one-year membership. Walking in the gym and the walking club are free. The fitness room has an additional cost that varies depending on a person's age.

The Central Ohio Sierra Club (461-0734 www.ohio.sierraclub.org/central) organizes group hikes in Columbus neighborhoods and in the Metro Parks.

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits (1525 Bethel Road, Suite 100; 442-7901; www.outdoor-pursuits. org) offers outdoor activities including hiking at various Metro and State parks and in Columbus neighborhoods.

Clintonville Health Community is a grassroots group of residents volunteering to build better health for all in the area.

To get involved or learn more about Clintonville Health Community, call Debbie Crawford at 263-7491 or send an e-mail to crawford@columbus.rr.com.