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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November 29, 2016 in Blog, Events

Recipes for you on #GivingTuesday

At this time of year, we are reminded of how grateful we are for the support you have given to continue to grow a community of healthy eaters. In honor…

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November 16, 2016 in Blog, Events, In the City

Art of Cooking 2016 — An Amazing Success

At this year’s Art of Cooking benefit dinner on November 2nd, over 240 supporters of The Sylvia Center gathered together at Bohemian National Hall in NYC for a lively evening... Read More
November 7, 2016 in Blog, Recipes

Roasted Acorn Squash and Fire Roasted Poblano Soup

As the season shifts from warm and sunny to chilly with clouds, we find ourselves looking for flavors that will warm us and keep the sun shining in our minds….

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