Youth Nutrition and Cooking Programs

Garden to School Café

With the support of DOE's Office of SchoolFood, the Garden to Café Program connects school gardens to their cafeterias with the goal of increasing students' knowledge of healthy food, farming, and the local food system. The program features harvest events in which food grown in the school garden is incorporated into school meals via menu items or the cafeteria for tastings. The program currently has over 120 schools registered.
Learn more about Garden to Café

School Wellness Programs

Wellness means being healthy in mind and body. New York City public schools offer a wide range of wellness programs.  Wellness policies and initiatives, like Move-to-Improve, the School Wellness Council grant program, and Health Education Focus Schools, are part of a larger commitment to raising student achievement levels and combating the childhood obesity epidemic. 
Learn more about the Department of Education's School Wellness programs
Apply for a School Wellness Council (SWC) Grant

Eat Well, Play Hard

At eligible child care centers, registered dietitians from the Health Department provide a six-week nutrition education program for 3- and 4-year-old children and their parents and caregivers. All workshops are fun, engaging and hands-on. To find out if a center is eligible to participate or to get more information, please contact

Farmers' Markets for Kids

Farmers' Markets for Kids provides free, bilingual food-based activities for children at select farmers' markets.  Classes encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables by engaging them in hands-on activities. Children explore fruits and vegetables, taste featured recipes and receive a $2 Health Buck coupon.

What else can parents do and caregivers do?

Learn more about how to help your child reach a healthy weight. Resources:
Guide to Healthy Eating and Active Living in NYC
Other languages: Español, 中文, Русский
Helping Children Reach a Healthy Weight: Proven Tips for Parents
My Plate Planner, Español
My Child's Plate Planner, Español