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NutriSTEP®

NutriSTEP® is a valid and reliable nutrition screening tool.1 It is a fast and simple way to assess eating habits and nutrition concerns in children. There is a toddler version (18-35 months) and a preschooler version (3-5 years). Questions are asked about food and nutrient intake, physical growth and development, physical activity, and feeding environment.

 
 

Health Connection

Do you have questions about NutriSTEP®? Call Health Connection and speak with a Public Health Nurse to find out more information.

  • 519-663-5317, ext 2280
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Telehealth Ontario

Do you have questions about food and healthy eating? Call Telehealth Ontario and speak to a Registered Dietitian. It's free!

  • 1-866-797-0000
  • Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
  • Translation services are available
 

Poor nutrition in young children can lead to:1

  1. growth problems such as failure to thrive and obesity.
  2. low levels of iron in the blood.
  3. poor eating habits that can become lifelong eating habits.
  4. a lack of readiness for school.
  5. trouble learning at school.

The NutriSTEP® questionnaires:

  1. identify possible nutrition problems in kids.
  2. find community resources for parents and caregivers.
  3. provide nutrition education to parents and caregivers.
 
Date of creation: December 18, 2013
Last modified on: January 14, 2019
 

References

1Randall Simpson J, Keller H, Rysdale L, Beyers J. Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler (NutriSTEP™): Validation and test-retest reliability of a parent-administered questionnaire assessing nutrition risk of preschoolers. Eur J Clin Nutr 2008:62:770-780, published online 6 June 2007.