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."

We Aim to Please!

We always try our best (and almost always succeed) in making changes to our program/classes if we have a child in class who requires substitution of ingredients. If there is a peanut allergy, we’ll use almond butter in the recipe … Continue reading

Proctor Terrace begins

Hello parents and future DirectionFive students! We’re looking forward to meeting all of you this Friday! We’ll be making Minestrone Soup with a green salad and vinaigrette, then Autumn Drinks (a fun new class) and finally an Italian Scramble with … Continue reading

Your Immune System

Immune/Lymphatic System: The immune system is our body’s defense system against infections and diseases. Cells, tissues and organs work together to respond to dangerous organisms like viruses, fungi or bacteria that may enter the body from the environment. There are … Continue reading

Macaroni and Cheese

Well, it’s Macaroni and Cheese season and the kids love our recipe! Yes, it’s Mac and Cheese and shouldn’t be eaten often as it’s very rich, but our version offers four different veggies, which adds important nutrition to this comfort-food … Continue reading

A Nod to Visible Transitions

We like to acknowledge others who are working with our kids helping them to lead healthier lives. Janet Caliri from Visible Transitions will explain in her own words the work she does with kids: “Visible Transitions assists young people who … Continue reading

Minestrone Soup-Always a Favorite!

We have taught countless kids how to make our Minestrone Soup and it’s always a hit! Minestrone Soup with Farro Serves 8 2 cups canellini beans, cooked. You may use 1 15-ounce can 3 cups carrots, chopped 1 1/2 cups … Continue reading

Welcome to Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley!

We are thrilled to have been asked to teach at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley Valley in Petaluma! We begin our 6-class after school program in October and we’re thrilled to be there! Registration is available on the Home … Continue reading

Until next Year!

Well, Summer Camp for Kids is over and we’re pleased to say, it was a success! The kids learned a lot about their health while creating great meals. At D5 our mission statement says it all: Our Mission is to … Continue reading

Just 30/30…

Do you believe in DirectionFive’s mission to help our kids lead healthier, happier lives? If so would you be willing to give 30/30? Just 30 minutes in 30 days helping to get the word out about D5 would be a … Continue reading

Happy Kiddos

Well, week three of Summer Camp is over tomorrow and our last week of Summer Camp is the week after next. DirectionFive has five programs and we touch on all of them in Camp. DirectionOne covers the basics such a … Continue reading

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