Getting school-aged kids to eat right

Getting school-aged kids to eat right

School-aged kids should be eating a variety of foods from the 4 food groups in Canada’s Food Guide every day. Check out this fact sheet for more tips on how to follow Canada's Food Guide.  

Is your child a picky eater? Here are some tips that can make mealtimes more relaxed and enjoyable, while helping your child develop a taste for a variety of foods.

Kids should be offered three meals a day, along with a couple of snacks in between. Kids know how much they should eat, so it’s best to trust them when they say they are full. Kids should never be forced to eat.

Help your child feel good about herself and develop a positive body image. The fact sheets below offers tips on how to raise children to hae a healthy body image and positive self-esteem.

- "How to raise kids with a healthy body image" - Eat Rigt Ontario

- "Dieting: Information for parents, teachers and coaches" - Canadian Pediatric Society

Eat Right Ontario has lots of good information about healthy eating, food and nutrition for kids and the whole family. Talk to a Registered Dietitian for free by calling 1-877-510-510-2, Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm, with extended hours until 9 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. You can also send a question to a Registered Dietitian by email or visit their webiste,

Advice and support is also available from the Sudbury & District Health Unit, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4 pm, at (705) 522-9200, ext. 342.

If you have concerns about how your child is growing, get in touch with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. If you don’t have one, check out our article Finding a health care provider.

If you are having trouble providing enough healthy food for your family, check out the article- Getting access to affordable food on the Sudbury Best Start website.


This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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