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...
Food for Thought
Words of wisdom that inspire our program
"Tell me and I will forget, Show me and I will remember, Involve me and I will understand."
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"When kids are part of the process, they will be part of the solution."

Intersession at Sonoma Academy

We love our 8-day course with the kids at Sonoma Academy College Prep School in Santa Rosa every January. In this amount of time, we can teach them so many aspects of health, besides teaching them knife skills, safety and … Continue reading

Anti-fungal and Anti-bacterial

Although these tasty and very nutritious ingredients should be eaten all the time, for many they become more important in the cold-weather months. What are they? Ginger, turmeric, garlic, and onions! Yum! Cut and paste this link into your browser … Continue reading

Don’t forget our Knives!

If you need new knives-the most important tool in your kitchen-be sure to purchase great knives at a discount and help D5 at the same time. We can offer you this because of our good friends at Sonoma Cutlery! Here’s … Continue reading

Cells: The Basis of Life

Cells: Read this aloud to your kids, or if they are of reading age, have them read it to you. Cells are the basic and smallest unit of life. The word cell comes from the Latin cellula, meaning a small … Continue reading

Sandwich Ideas

With school back in full-swing sandwiches can go from creative and inspired to quick, easy, and sometimes boring. Some simple tips are to use bread that is at least 3 grams of dietary fiber per slice, and heap on the … Continue reading

Favorite Recipe from Camp

Yes, Turkey Meatloaf beat out homemade ice cream! Turkey Meatloaf Serves 10 3 pounds ground turkey 3 large eggs 1 cup uncooked oatmeal 1 medium red pepper, chopped fine 1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine 1 small carrot, grated 1 … Continue reading

Summer Camp 2015

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed D5′s Summer Camp for Kids! Alas, it’s come to an end! Look at all these beautiful faces.

Eat Local and Seasonal for Optimal Health

Did you know that there are a wide array of health benefits to eating vegetables that are in season and locally grown? With modern agricultural technology, it is very easy to disregard the importance of seasonality. Today, we can consume … Continue reading

Summer Camp for Kids!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and we agree! We have finish two weeks of summer camp and the kids learned a lot about nutrition, created many recipes, learned about safety and sanitation and knife skills. Parents … Continue reading

Next Week!

Summer Camp begins on Monday, June 15th, and we are so excited to see kids we have taught before and meet new kids and their parents! Get ready to see some new faces -and recipes!- next week!

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