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…

Minestrone Soup–a kids favorite.

We have made Minestrone Soup with all age kiddos so many times! It’s always a hit! Kids love to make it, and everyone loves to eat it. Minestrone Soup with Farro Serves 8 2 cups cannellini beans, cooked. You may … Continue reading


DirectionOne covers the basics: cells, the eleven body systems, nutrition, metabolism, dietary guidelines, safety and sanitation in the kitchen, and more. Understanding how your body system’s work and work together is vital to your good health. If you understand how … Continue reading

The Third Direction is Body/Earth Connection

The below is from the D5 teaching manual. We hope it’s useful for you and your kids! It’s a long Direction, but here are a few common terms to get you started. DirectionThree: The Body/Earth Connection  The whole problem of health, … Continue reading

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: 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

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