Children 0 -12

Nutrition Resource Centre

c/o Ontario Public Health Association
700 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 310
Toronto, ON M6A 3B4
Tel: (416) 367-3313 x247 (Toll-free 1-800-267-6817 x 247)
Fax: (416) 367-2844
[email protected]

The Nutrition Resource Centre website includes resources, programs, a list serv, and news and events.

For more information contact Lee Rysdale, MEd, RD, Program Coordinator, Nutrition Resource Centre, at the coordinates above.

NutriSTEP® (Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler)

NutriSTEP® (Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler) is a fast and simple way to assess eating habits and identify nutrition problems early in young children 3–5 years of age. The NutriSTEP® questionnaire includes 17 items covering: food and nutrient intake, physical growth, developmental and physical capabilities, physical activity, food security and the feeding environment.

Validity Project Program & Resources

Hear Me, Understand Me, Support Me: What Young Women Want You to Know about Depression explores the diverse challenges that young women experience in relation to depression; prevention strategies; healthy helping relationships; the dos and don’ts of working with young women; and referrals and resources that can provide more information.

The VALIDITY♀ Project launches the new Girls Talk Program Guide in Fall 2009


I Introduction – What is the VALIDITY♀ Project?
II Girls Talk: A Program that Aims to Prevent Depression in Young Women from CAMH
III Project Resources for Providers
IV Lessons Learned

--submitted by Cathy Thompson, Project Lead, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

I Introduction– What is the VALIDITY♀ Project?

Web Resources Related to Obesity and the Impact of Marketing on Children: Developing an Intersectoral Policy Consensus Conference (OHPE 626)

The Policy Consensus Conference materials are available on the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) website including the consensus statement and the Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids report by the Standing Committee on Health, March 2007. Available at

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) Position Statement on Obesity and the Impact of Marketing on Children is available on the CDPAC website at

Obesity and the Impact of Marketing on Children: Developing an Intersectoral Policy Consensus Conference


I Introduction
II Background
III Marketing to Children
IV About the Conference
V CDPAC position statement
VI Lessons learned

--submitted by Manuel Arango, conference co-chair and Assistant Director, Health Policy (Government Relations & Advocacy), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Active Healthy Kids Canada has released its fifth Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. This year, the focus of the report is on the important role physical activity plays in facilitating learning and academic performance. Children and youth who are more physically active showed improved memory, concentration and attention span - leading to better results in school.

The report card also highlights inequities in physical activity - especially for low-income children and youth and those with disabilities.

Some findings to note are:

From "Fat Nation" to Healthy Active Cultures

I Introduction

II Bodies at Risk, Fat Stats and Fostering Fear

III A Culture of Activity Case Study: Ophea's Living School Initiative

IV Conclusion

V References

-- by Margaret MacNeill, PhD, Centre for Girls' and Women's Health and Physical Activity, Faculty of PE & Health, University of Toronto, [email protected]

Margaret MacNeill, is an associate professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Physical Education and Health. She is also cross appointed to Public Health Sciences where she teaches health communication. Her current research interests include youth understandings of fitness and health, active media literacy, and media productions of obesity narratives and health scares.

Related Journal Articles

Type of Resource: Article
 Bray, G.A. (2003). Evaluation of obesity, Who are the obese?, Postgraduate Medicine, 114 (6), 19-27, 38.

Evans, J. (2003). Physical education and health: A polemic or 'let them eat cake!', European Physical Education Review. 9(1), 87-101.

Flegal, K.M. Graubard, B.I., Williamson, D.F., & Gail, M.H. (2005). Excess deaths associated with underweight, overweight, and obesity, Journal of American Medical Association, 293, 15, 1861-1867.

Halting the obesity epidemic: A public health policy approach

 Nestle, M. and Jacobson, M.F. (Jan/Feb 2000).Public Health Reports, Vol. 115, 12-25.

"The paper, "Halting the Obesity Epidemic: A Public Health Policy Approach," urges legislators, researchers, educators, businesses, urban planners, transportation experts, and nonprofit groups to approach obesity in a more creative way and to take immediate action. Specific recommendations include:
* Mounting large scale mass-media campaigns to promote healthier diets and physical activity;

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