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…





Bone Health for Kids

Bone Health for Kids: Here are some basic facts about bone health for kids. Use this checklist when teaching groups of kids or your own children. Involve them by asking the questions and waiting for the answers. It’s really fun! … Continue reading






Always a Favorite! Spring Rolls.

The kids we have taught always loved this recipe–making them and eating them. Some prefer peanut butter and some almond butter; it’s up to you! Enjoy! Spring Rolls and Almond Dipping Sauce Servings: 12 SPRING ROLLS 2 small cucumbers, seeded … Continue reading






SafetyNEST: Healthier Babies

 Here is SafetyNEST’s Mission: Please peruse everything this wonderful group of women are doing, and then join me on April 5th at The Commonwealth in San Francisco, to meet them in person and to hear more. Here is the link … Continue reading






Kids Love to Make Soup

Wintertime and soup just go together. A nice bowl of steaming soup to warm and nourish you is perfect on a cold day. Good soup begins with homemade stock. We have found that kids of all ages love the process … Continue reading






An easy task for kids to help with Global Warming

These handy tips are from One Million Women: https://www.1millionwomen.com.au/ 1. Kitchen sponges When plastic sponges begin to fall apart, little bits of them go down the drain. I use cellulose sponges. When they break down, I compost them. 2. Homemade … Continue reading






Your Kid’s Jaws, Teeth and Health..

Last evening’s program that I had the pleasure to chair at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco was truly eye-opening. Very brief summary: breastfeeding is more work for a baby than feeding from a bottle, so if at all possible … Continue reading






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




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