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…





Air Pollution and Kids and Obesity

We were at the Exposome and Metabolic Health Conference at UCSF today. Doesn’t this one get your blood boiling? Air pollution makes kids more susceptible to obesity and metabolic syndrome. California is doing better than most, but we all need … Continue reading






Explaining Global Warming to Little Kids

Here is some basic information that might help when children ask what global warming is and what to do to help. Weather vs. Climate Weather includes lots of things that should be familiar – temperature, rain, snow, wind speeds, or … Continue reading






Pine Ridge Reservation Kids

Some Native American Reservations are wealthy present day because they offer gaming and if they’re lucky they also have fertile land on which to grow crops. Others, like the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, have neither of the aforementioned. … Continue reading






The Importance of Snacks

According to one study of 31,337 children and adolescents, snacking can contribute up to 600 calories per day, mostly from high-fat, high-salt, high-sugar foods. Three snacks per day are common and more than 27 percent of children’s daily caloric intake is … Continue reading






It’s Zucchini Pizza Season!

Zucchini everywhere! Try this delicious pizza recipe–it’s always a favorite! Zucchini Pizza Serves 6 4 cups zucchini, grated 2 cups brown rice, cooked 1 1/2 cups Monterey jack cheese, or mozzarella, grated 2 eggs, beaten   1 pound ground turkey, optional … Continue reading






Garden Cake–A Favorite!

Let’s not kid ourselves, it’s still cake and you need to watch your portion size and limit how often you make this. That said, it’s chock-full of veggies and is moist and absolutely delicious! Garden Cake This delicious cake is … Continue reading






How About a Fruit Salad Contest?

Doesn’t this beautiful photograph of fruit make you want a fruit salad…right now? When it’s a hot day, and you don’t want to heat up the kitchen in the morning, place a lot of fruit on the kitchen counter, and … Continue reading






Day 2 Summer Camp for 6-9 Year Olds

Let us know how Day 1 went if you used our class outline. Here is Day 2 for you. Please note that we don’t go over everything in the culinary terms. Just pick and choose what you’ll be using on … Continue reading






Photos of some DirectionFive Kids

Some photos of some of DirectionFive Kids! It’s so much fun looking at these beautiful faces of all the kids from all walks of life that now know how to cook and how to keep their bodies healthy and happy!






A Class for 6-9 Year Olds

Here’s Day 1 of a 5-Day Camp for 6-9 years olds. We have taught this class to many, many kids and they love the food, and especially love knife skills. Day 1 Introduction: Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives is the mantra … Continue reading




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