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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From city to farm

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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January 19, 2016 in Recipes

Fish Tacos with Creamy Radish & Cabbage Slaw

This is one of our favorite recipes from our family class series, Cooking Together. Perfect for a  fast, affordable and easy weeknight dinner. Our students love it with tomatillo salsa.

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November 18, 2015 in Events

Newman’s Own Foundation Matching Challenge

For the past two years, Newman’s Own Foundation has been supporting The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health program based in New York City public housing community centers. In our classes, young people…

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October 29, 2015 in Events

Thank you for making Art of Cooking 2015 a success!

At this year’s Art of Cooking benefit dinner, over 225 supporters of The Sylvia Center gathered together to celebrate the teen graduates of our new Culinary Apprenticeship program, for their... Read More