We’re growing a community of healthy eaters — and it starts with teaching young people how to cook.

In New York City, obesity hits hardest in communities already suffering from health and economic disparities:


of NYC kids ages 10-17 are estimated to be overweight or obese


of NYC adults are estimated to be overweight or obese


of NYC residents in low-income communities are estimated to be overweight or obese


Studies show the more time people spend cooking at home, the lower their rate of obesity.

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In low-income communities where processed, high-calorie foods are prevalent, and healthy, whole foods are scarce, The Sylvia Center provides essential programs that teach young people the skills they need to lead healthy, productive lives.

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June 23, 2016 in Blog, Recipes

Vegetarian Summer Rolls

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June 10, 2016 in Blog, On the farm

Celebrating the Growing Season

Travel two hours or so north of New York City where The Sylvia Center prepares to celebrate the arrival of the growing season. Our perennial bloomers are standing tall at... Read More
May 31, 2016 in Blog, In the City

Grand Street Cooking Competition

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