HCZ now manages the Harlem Armory on 143rd Street. The Armory is a 50,000-square-foot space, which HCZ has transformed into a state-of-the-art sports, health, fitness and performing-arts facility for the community. Staffed by experts in their respective sports, the Armory gives youth a free, high-quality opportunity to get exercise, improve their fitness and learn about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

HCZ and our partners offer classes and programs including: elementary through high school afterschool, tennis, gymnastics, dance, track and field, senior citizen walking clubs, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, computer labs, teen groups, youth weight loss groups, basketball and golf.


The Healthy Living Initiative

The mission of the Healthy Living Initiative (formerly the Obesity Initiative) is to inspire children and their families to value healthy living by promoting healthy eating, physical activity and a healthy body weight. In addition to providing family and student cooking classes, assisting in the distribution of an agency-wide Health Report Card and collaborating with other cross-site programs focused on improving the health of kids and families, the Healthy Living Initiative team manages the cross-site Wellness Challenge.

The Wellness Challenge is a weight loss competition involving both students and staff from multiple sites and aims to help participants develop a life-long commitment towards healthy living through improved diet and excercise.

Click here to visit the HCZ Wellness Connection blog.



At Harlem Children's Zone and Promise Academy Charter Schools, promoting health and wellness and creating a nutritious environment are two of our top priorities. We tackle these issues specifically through our community gardens, nutrition education and fitness programs, among others.

Our HCZ Wellness Connection blog is part of the Educated Eaters Project. Educated Eaters focuses on making good food more accessible to our community. The Project teaches students and adults how to choose foods that nourish their bodies and encourages individuals to develop healthy relationships with food.



Harlem Children’s Health Project (HCHP) is a free school-based health center that provides services to HCZ’s Promise Academy Charter School. HCHP is designed to improve the health of children in Central Harlem by providing health assessments, medical care and mental health services, as well as screenings, referrals and follow-up services for vision, hearing, dental and health insurance.

The center is home to the Neuberger Berman Health Promotion Learning Lab. This technology-based lab offers educational workshops for students, parents and staff regarding health and nutrition.

As a health resource, you can download a copy of HCHP’s Food and Nutrition Guide here.

HCHP is a partnership between Harlem Children's Zone, The Children’s Health Fund, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.


The HCZ Asthma Initiative

The HCZ Asthma Initiative works closely with asthmatic children and their families so they can learn to manage the disease and lessen its effects. To learn more about this partner program of the Harlem Children's Zone, visit their website.

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