As I was reading the news today I came across an article about a new website: nutritionscreen.ca. The site is for parents of children 5 years old and younger. There is also a section for adults over 50. Basically, the site helps you evaluate how well your child is eating and provides some guidance an areas you could improve on. It was designed by the Dieticians of Canada, so there is a lot of credibility behind the site.
Since I have a 5 year old son, I decided to give the site a try. I feel pretty knowledgeable on the subject, so I was curious as to what the results would be. The site has you answer 17 questions. I wasn’t surprised to see that the questions were very aligned with the Canada Food Guide. Example: how many servings of dairy does your child get per day?
I answered honestly. The results? Three areas that we could work on as a family. First, a bit more fruit per day would be good. Second, our kids should watch a bit less TV. So far, no surprises! I think we could all eat more fruit and watch less TV! The final recommendation was to not bother giving our kids a multivitamin. Their rationale is that you can get all the nutrients you need just from a proper diet. Personally, I don’t have an issue with a moderate amount of supplements and don’t see any harm in a kids multivitamin. So, overall we’re doing pretty well.
What I really liked about the site was it gives you more information for each question/category. There is also a great list of additional resources to explore.
I would be really interested to see what the range of answers would be from a cross-section of Canadians. My guess is that the average parent will have a number of things to consider.
Bottom line: if you’re a parent or caregiver of a preschool aged child, the site is worth a look!