DirectionFive is a Culinary and Nutrition Program for Kids

Our programs are based on in-depth interviews with kids from all walks of life, in thirty-five states. We listened to what the kids said they wanted and needed to learn in order to lead healthier, happier lives. We balanced their input with science and our experience. DirectionFive Culinary and Nutrition Program is a new model of health education inspired by kids, for kids. Learn More…

Sanitation, Safety Class and Knife Skills

You can use this for many other classes. Safety and Sanitation ALWAYS comes first! Day 1: Introduction: Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives is the mantra for this program. When you understand the foods that support your health, and then you learn … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year! Let’s work together to make 2018 the best year yet!


Give More Thought to Snacks According to some recent surveys of our dietary habits, 75% of us eat breakfast, 88% eat lunch, and 90% of us snack daily yet we don’t plan snacks like we do other meals. Eating candy, … Continue reading

Teens and their Skin

I’m not sure any age group wants healthy, clear skin more than teenagers. If you can’t get your teen to eat a healthier diet, try leaning on their vanity. Eat healthy food (veggies!) and drinking enough water, and more, below, … Continue reading

Outside Tips from our National Parks

Nature is so important for kids. Here is an article with some great tips for getting kids outdoors and learning about our natural environment. With education, comes appreciation and respect!    

Zucchini Pizza: A Kid Favorite

Still have baskets of zucchini? You’ll love this Zucchini Pizza recipe. It’s a kid favorite! Zucchini Pizza For a vegetarian version, simply leave out the ground turkey. Serves 6 • 4 cups zucchini, grated • 2 cups brown rice, cooked … Continue reading

Kids and Climate Change Class

The purpose of the Kids and Climate Change Class was to educate kids about aspects of climate change, and then empower them with information so that they know that what they do to help matters. This happened while they learned … Continue reading

Tips for Healthy Skin

These tips are appropriate for kids and adults, although the ‘watch your caffeine/alcohol/smoking’ tips are (hopefully) only needed by adults.. Teenagers are particularly interested in healthy, clear skin. These healthy skin tips will make body and skin healthier. Perfect! Wintertime … Continue reading

Give More Thought to Snacks

Give More Thought to Snacks by Patty James According to a recent survey of American’s dietary habits 75% of us eat breakfast, 88% eat lunch, and 90% of us snack daily, yet we don’t plan snacks like we do other … Continue reading

The Socratic Method

At DirectionFive, we teach kids using the interactive Socratic method. Here is a summary for you. We hope it’s useful. In his lecture, Political Science professor Rob Reich describes the Socratic method, pointing out the following:   Socratic inquiry is … Continue reading

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