Assess Your Child’s Eating With NutriSTEP®

NutriSTEP® Nutrition Screening Tool:

Parents of children ages 18 months to 5 years can complete the screening tool online (external link). Request a hard copy by calling  Halton Region at 905-825-6000, dial 311 or by making an request for the tool for preschoolers or toddlers.

What is NutriSTEP®?

NutriSTEP® Nutrition Screening Tool is a nutrition risk screening tool for toddlers (18-35 months) and preschoolers (3-5 years). This screening tool is a questionnaire where parents answer questions about their child’s eating habits, growth and development, feeding environment and physical activity levels.

Why screen with NutriSTEP®?

  • The early years is a time when feeding can be very challenging.
  • Nutrition screening is the first step in improving the nutrition of young children.
  • Nutristep® screening tool can identify potential nutrition problems early before they become serious.
  • Screening helps those who need professional guidance receive further assessment from a registered dietitian or doctor.

NutriSTEP® Questionnaire

The NutriSTEP® questionnaire has 17 questions that ask parents about eating and other habits that can influence their child's nutrition. The questions have several responses. Parents choose the best response option to describe their child's behaviour.

The NutriSTEP® questionnaire takes approximately five minutes for parents to complete. After a parent completes the questionnaire, they add up the scores for each question and receive a total nutrition risk score for their child.


Score of 20 or less:

The child's eating and activity habits are good. There may be items that parents want to work on. Parents are encouraged to read the nutrition education fact sheet that is provided with the questionnaire for tips and more information.

Score of 21 to 25:

The child's eating and activity habits can be improved by making some small changes. Parents are encouraged to read the nutrition education fact sheet that is provided with the questionnaire or go to Resources for tips and more information. Parents can call HaltonParents at 311 or speak to a registered dietitian at EatRight Ontario (1-877-510-5102). To find out more information about a particular question on the NutriSTEP® screening tool, see below for key messages for toddlers or preschoolers.

Score of 26 or greater:

The child's eating and activity habits can be improved by making some changes. Parents are encouraged to talk to a health professional, such as their family doctor or a registered dietitian, or call Halton Parents at 311 to learn more about community supports in Halton Region. Parents can also visit Dietitians of Canada (external link) for a list of dietitians in their area or call Eatright Ontario at 1-877-510-5102.

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1) Eating grain products - show/hide the resource 

2) Intake of milk products - show/hide the resource 

3) Eating fruits and vegetables - show/hide the resource 

4) Eating meat, fish, poultry or alternatives - show/hide the resource

5) Eating take-out or "fast-food" - show/hide the resource 

6) Drinking juice or flavoured beverages - show/hide the resource 

7) Difficultly buying food because it is expensive - show/hide the resource 

8) Problems chewing, swallowing, gagging or choking when eating - show/hide the resource 

9) Child feeding themselves - show/hide the resource 

10) Drinking from a baby bottle - show/hide the resource 

11) Child hungry at mealtimes - show/hide the resource 

12) Meals and snacks - show/hide the resource 

13) Deciding how much to eat - show/hide the resource

14) Eating in front of the TV or playing with toys - show/hide the resource 

15) Watching TV, computer use and video games - show/hide the resource

16) Comfort with how child is growing (should weigh more/ less) - show/hide the resource

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1) Eating grain products - show/hide the resource 

2) Intake of milk products - show/hide the resource 

3) Eating fruits and vegetables - show/hide the resource 

4) Eating meat, fish, poultry or alternatives - show/hide the resource 

5) "Fast-food" consumption - show/hide the resource 

6) Difficulty buying food to feed child due to cost of food - show/hide the resource 

7) Difficulty chewing, swallowing, gagging or choking when eating - show/hide the resource 

8) Child not hungry at mealtimes because drinks all day - show/hide the resource

9) Number of meals and snacks per day - show/hide the resource 

10) Letting child decide how much to eat - show/hide the resource 

11) Eating while watching TV - show/hide the resource 

12) Child taking supplements - show/hide the resource 

13) Children and physical activity - show/hide the resource 

14) TV, computer and video game usage - show/hide the resource 

15) Comfort with how child is growing (show weigh more/less) - show/hide the resource 

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NutriSTEP® Fact Sheets

Healthy Eating

Physical Activity

Meal Planning on a Tight Budget

Websites

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