Healthy eating is important in helping young children grow and develop, learn at school and develop good eating habits.

NutriSTEP® screens for toddlers and preschoolers:

  • are valid and reliable nutrition checklists
  • consist of 17 questions each that assess the eating habits of young children 18 months to five years of age
  • help identify nutrition problems in your toddler and/or preschooler and give you ideas and tips to deal with them

Toronto Public Health is currently providing the NutriSTEP® checklists free of charge to parents and caregivers of children 18 months to five years of age.

Step 1: Call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 and ask to receive a free NutriSTEP® checklist that you can complete at home for your toddler and/or preschooler:

Toddler NutriSTEP® (18 to 35 months) is currently available in:

  • English
  • French

Preschooler NutriSTEP® (three to five years) is currently available in:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • English
  • French
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Vietnamese

Step 2: Complete the NutriSTEP® checklist for your toddler and/or preschooler at home by answering the 17 questions.

Step 3: If you have any questions about your child’s eating habits after completing the NutriSTEP® checklist, email and a Registered Dietitian will respond to your question.

Toronto Public Health is looking to partner with our local community agencies who are interested in working with us in setting up NutriSTEP® screening clinics at their agency.

Benefits of Having NutriSTEP® Screening Clinics at Your Agency

NutriSTEP® Screening Clinics will help you to:

  • strengthen your partnerships with Toronto Public Health and other community agencies
  • identify children at nutritional risk
  • provide nutrition information to parents with children 18 months to five years of age
  • improve the overall developmental health of children in your community

Get Your Staff Trained

Call to receive information on how to set up a NutriSTEP® Screening Clinic at your agency.

Order NutriSTEP® Checklist

If you have staff trained in NutriSTEP®, you can submit a request to receive original copies of the NutriSTEP® Toddler and/or Preschooler checklists by completing the online order form.

Copyright Information

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