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Nutrition Screening for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Nutri-eScreen logo NutriSTEP® is a valid and reliable nutrition screening tool. It is available in two versions: one for toddlers (18 to 35 months) and the other for preschoolers (three to five years of age).

Both questionnaires contain 17 questions and are a fast and simple way to assess eating habits and nutritional problems with children.

The questionnaires include topics such as children's food and nutrient intake, physical growth, physical activity, a caregiver's ability to buy and access food, and the feeding environment each child lives within.

Good nutrition helps keeps children healthy and reduces the chance that they will have health problems such as iron deficiency, weak bones, and cavities.

Nutri-eSTEP (Toddler) - is a fast and simple way to find out if your 18 to 35 month old is a healthy eater. It is available in English and French.

How to Build a Healthy Toddler - EatRight Ontario

Nutri-eSTEP (Preschooler) - is a fast and simple way to find out if your three to five year old is a healthy eater. It is available in eight languages.

How to Build a Healthy Preschooler - EatRight Ontario

Information for Parents and Caregivers:

There are a number of ways to have your child's nutrition screened.

Online - complete the forms at the links above and receive immediate, personalized feedback.

In person - attend a local screening clinic and meet with a Family Health Nurse. Contact the Health Unit toll-free for a list of dates for upcoming screening clinics.

Phone - parents can complete the NutriSTEP by telephone with the health of their health care providers. Parents can also contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak with a Family Health Nurse or Registered Dietitian. As well, parents can call Eat Right Ontario at 1-877-510-5102 and speak with a Registered Dietitian.

Information for Health Care Providers and Community Agencies:

The Health Unit is partnering with local community agencies and professionals who work with children aged 18 months to five years and are interested in implementing NutriSTEP to screen their clients. The NutriSTEP tool will help you:

  • identify children at nutritional risk

  • provide fact-based information to parents about healthy eating and physical activities

  • strengthen your partnership with the Health Unit and other community agencies

  • improve the overall developmental health of preschool children in your community.

Training is free for your staff. To learn more, contact the Health Unit's Family Health Registered Dietitian toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.

NutriSTEP is the copyright of the Sudbury and District Health Unit, Janis Randall Simpson and Heather Keller, and must not be used, copies or distributed without a license from the University of Guelph. The Sudbury and District Health Unit is the owner of the trademarks used throughout.