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NutriSTEP® is a valid and reliable nutrition screening tool.1 There is a toddler version (18-35 months) and a preschooler version (3-5 years). They are a fast and simple way to assess eating habits and nutrition concerns in children. The questionnaires have 17 questions. Topics include: children’s 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.

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Poor nutrition in young children can lead to:1

  1. growth problems such as failure to thrive and obesity
  2. low iron in the blood
  3. poor eating habits that can become lifelong eating habits
  4. lack of readiness for school
  5. inability to learn 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: November 6, 2016


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.