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American Dietetic Association complete food and nutrition guide [4th ed.] / Duyff, Roberta Larson. -- Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
The choices you make every day about food, nutrition, and health can have a major impact on your life. This book helps you navigate the confusing array of food options to make the most healthful decisions for you and your family. Smart eating advice for every stage of life, is offered, including guidance on
food for health concerns including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, metabolic syndrome, food allergies, gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance, everyday basics on healthy weight and interactive self-checks.
FAM RA 784 .D89 2012

The American Dietetic Association guide to healthy eating for kids: how your children can eat smart from five to twelve / Shield, Jodie --Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2002.
This book will arm you with practical skills to make sure your kids are eating right even when they're not under your roof. This five-star system offers hands-on advice on how to turn eating dilemmas into fun, nutritionally educational opportunities. Whether your child is a breakfast skipper, an unreasonable eater, a lunch trader, or even a snacker, you'll find fast, real-life solutions for transforming eating habits.
FAM RJ 206 .S54 2002

Belle & Boo and the yummy scrummy day / Sutcliffe, Mandy. -- London: Orchard Books, 2013.
A young girl convinces her rabbit friend that fruits and vegetables are as tasty as cake in this short picture book. Appropriate for ages 3-6 years.
FAM RJ 206 .S87 2011

Better baby food: your essential guide to nutrition, feeding & cooking for all babies & toddlers / Kalnins, Daina. -- Toronto: Robert Rose, 2008.
A book that helps parents decide what nutritious and healthy food to feed their toddlers.
FAM RJ 206 .K34 2008

Better food for kids: your essential guide to nutrition for all children from age 2 to 6 / Saab, Joanne -- Toronto: Robert Rose, Inc, 2002.
This comprehensive guide provides over 100 pages of age-specific nutritional information, as well as 150 recipes that are specially designed to appeal to young appetites.
FAM RJ 206 .S15 2002

The body image workbook for teens: activities to help girls develop a healthy body image in an image-obsessed world / Taylor, Julia V. -- Oakland, CA: Instant Help Books, 2014.
In this workbook the reader will find practical exercises and tips that address the most common factors that can lead to negative body image, including: comparison, negative self-talk, unrealistic media images, societal and family pressures, perfectionism, toxic friendships, and a fear of disappointing others. They will also learn powerful coping strategies to deal with the daily, intense pressures of being a teenage girl.
FAM BF 723 .S3 T29 2014

Canada's best cookbook for kids with diabetes / Bartley, Colleen -- Toronto, ON: Robert Rose, 2005.
This book has been developed to help parents of children with diabetes provide delicious and nutritious kid-friendly food that the whole family can enjoy. All the recipes help to deliver the supervised diet that children with diabetes require without making them feel deprived or left out.
FAM RJ 420 .D5 B365 2005

Celiac disease: a guide to living with gluten intolorance / Bower, Sylvia Llewelyn -- New York: Demos Medical Publising, 2007.
Covers such topics as symptoms, diagnosis, management, current research, as well as recipes, nutritional guidelines and advice on raising a celiac child.
FAM RJ 456 .C44 B68 2007

Celiac disease nutrition guide / Thompson, Tricia -- Chicago, IL: American Dietetic Association, 2006.
This easy to read guide outlines how to follow a gluten-free diet, identify food products and medications that might contain harmful grains, shop for gluten-free products at the market and online, locate companies that manufacture and/or distribute gluten-free products, safely choose foods when eating away from home and avoid cross contamination in your kitchen. Also includes information on support groups, online resources and a frequently asked questions section.
FAM RJ 456 .C44 T467 2006

Comment nourrir son enfant: du lait maternel au repas complet / Lambert-Lagace, Louise -- Les Éditions de l'Homme, 1996.
Cette nouvelle édition tient compte des préoccupations de l'heure, des nouveaux aliments pour bébé et des recherches les plus récentes.  Vous y trouverez les fameuses recettes de purée maison, toutes les informations concernant l'introduction des aliments solides et plein de conseils pour favoriser chez votre bébé l'éclosion de saines habitudes alimentaires.
FAM RJ 206 .L34

Eat, play, and be healthy: the Harvard Medical school guide to healthy eating for kids / Walker, W. Allan -- New York: McGraw-Hill Books Co. 2005.
This book will show you how to feed your children to ensure that their young bodies and minds enjoy full and healthy growth at every stage of development.
FAM RJ 206 .W34 2005

The essential cancer treatment nutrition guide & cookbook: includes 150 healthy & delicious recipes / LaMantia, Jean; Berinstein, Neil. -- Toronto: Robert Rose, 2012.
This book has been written for both patients and caregivers and addresses the unique requirements of a patient undergoing cancer treatment.  A patient's waxing and waning appetite and ability to maintain optimal nutritional requirements are severely challenged during treatment, so the book provides integral information on how to deal with these challenges. From managing the side effects of treatment with particular foods and nutrients, to make-ahead meals that can be frozen and reheated at a moment's notice, to foods that are simply more palatable to a patient depending on what stage of treatment they are in.
FAM RC 271 .D52 L36 2012

The family table: recipes and strategies for the challenge / Breton, Marie -- Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007.
This book offers over 100 recipes designed not only to get kids gathered around the dinner table, but also to get them helping out in meal prep.
FAM RJ 206 .B7313 2008

Food and diabetes: for kids, teens, families and caregivers / Yasui, Doreen -- Vancouver: BC Children's Hospital, 2002.
This book provides excellent, real-world advice on how to take care of food issues, for toddlers on up. There are sections on managing snacks at schools, foods that help minimize the risk of nighttime lows and lows after sports, birthdays and other special events, and many other topics.
FAM RJ 420 .D5 Y37 

Food and fitness matter: raising healthy, active kids [DVD] -- California: Parents' Action for children, 2006.
This DVD features health and nutrition experts, including former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver, who explain the causes and consequences of childhood obesity, and presents practical ways parents can improve diet and physical fitness in their homes, schools and communities.
FAM RJ 133 .F57 2006

Get a healthy weight for your child: a parent's guide to better eating and exercise / McCrindle, Brian W -- Toronto: Robert Rose Inc, 2005.
This book is designed to help parents prevent and treat childhood obesity using the best medical and scientific methods rather than potentially dangerous fad diets and exercise routines. This book will help parents to: recognize if their child is overweight, realize the medical consequences of being overweight, understand the social, behavioral, and biological causes of being overweight and improve both their child's and family's eating habits, nutrition and overall physical fitness.

FAM RC 552 .O25 M33 2005

Gluten-free diet: a comprehensive resource guide / Case, Shelley -- Regina: Case Nutrition Consulting, 2002.
A great manual for implementing a gluten free diet.  Full of recipes, names of specialty foods and companies.
FAM RJ 456 .C44 C37

How Martha saved her parents from green beans / LaRochelle, David -- New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Martha hates green beans. When some mean, green bandits stroll into town, anyone who ever said "Eat your green beans" is in big trouble. But when the beans kidnap Martha's parents, Martha is forced to take action. She can think of only one way to stop the villainous veggies from taking over her town, and it’s not pretty...or tasty
FAM RJ 206 .L28 2013

If your child is overweight: a guide for parents / Kosharek, Susan M. -- Chicago, IL: American Dietetic Association, 2006.
Family focused and easy to follow, the new edition provides guidance for parents of children aged four to twelve. The importance of physical activity and how to read food labels are emphasized. Sample menus for each age group reflect culturally diverse food practices.
FAM RC 552 .O25 T48 2006

Keto kid: helping your child succeed on the ketogenic diet / Snyder, Deborah -- New York: Demos Medical Publishing, 2007.
For many children with epilepsy, the only reliable way to control seizures is the ketogenic diet: a mathematically calculated, doctor-supervised plan that strictly limits both calories and liquid intake. This guide enables families to successfully master this nutritional therapy, while making the experience as pleasant as possible for both parent and child.
FAM RJ 496 .E6 S69 2007

The ketogenic diet: a treatment for children and others with epilepsy -- New York: Demos, 2007.
The ketogenic diet has helped doctors treat difficult-to-control epileptic seizures in thousands of children. This fourth edition is extensively updated to reflect current advances in understanding how the diet works, how it should be used, and the future role of the diet as a treatment.
FAM RJ 496 .E6 F69 2007

Kids with Celiac Disease: a family guide to raising happy, healthy, gluten-free children / Korn, Danna -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2001.
With this guide, parents can find advice on how to deal with the diagnosis, cope with the emotional turmoil, and help their child develop a positive and constructive attitude. There are sections on menu planning, grocery shopping, strategies for proper food preparation, deciding whether or not the entire family should be gluten-free and junk food. Parents find tips on conditioning behavior and how and when to give kids some control over what they eat. Also covered is the challenge of controlling meals outside of the home.
FAM RJ 456 .C44 K67 2001

Mealtime solutions for your baby, toddler and preschooler: the ultimate no-worry approach for each age and stage / Douglas, Ann -- Mississauga, ON: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2006.
Featuring real world solutions, this reassuring guide gives you the lowdown on: getting your child off to a healthy start nutrition-wise, introducing first foods the step-by-step, no-worry way, serving up toddler and preschooler-friendly meals and snacks, dining in and dining out, coping with picky eaters and nourishing sick kids.
FAM RJ 206 .D68 2006 

Métis cookbook: and guide to healthy living -- Ottawa: National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2008.
This book is a collection of traditional and non-traditional recipes. All content has been reviewed by an Aboriginal dietician and is accompanied by nutritional information, health and wellness information, as well as tips on how to incorporate traditional Métis foods into a healthy lifestyle.
FAM E 98 .F7 M48 2008

Mieux vivre avec son enfant: de la naissance à deux ans / Dore, Nicole -- Beauport, QC: Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux de Québec, Direction de la santé publique Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux, 1998.
Cette ouvrage est un guide pratique qui contient une information appuyée scientifiquement sur la grossesse, l’accouchement et les deux premières années de vie de l’enfant.
FAM RJ 134 .D67

The monster who ate my peas / Schnitzlein, Danny. -- Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Pub. Ltd., 2001.
A young boy agrees to give a monster first his soccer ball, then his bike in return for eating his peas, but when the monster asks for his puppy, the boy makes a surprising discovery.
FAM RJ 206 .S36 2001

No ordinary apple: a story about eating mindfully / Marlowe, Sara; Pascuzzo, Philip. -- Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2013.
Elliot stays with his neighbor, Carmen, after school every day and one afternoon she offers an apple as a snack, guiding him to experience it in a new way that makes it "the most appley-apple ever."
FAM RJ 206 .M27 2013

Overcoming childhood obesity / Thompson, Colleen -- Boulder, CO: Bull Publishing Company, 2004.
Written to combat the ever-increasing childhood obesity epidemic, this book focuses on prevention of the disease by revealing how making fundamental moves toward family-centered change in eating behaviors and lifestyle can produce gradual results that can last a lifetime.
FAM RC 552 .O25 T48 2004

A parent's guide to childhood obesity: a roadmap to health -- Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006.
This book addresses the medical, emotional, and psychological factors of childhood obesity. The guidelines presented will help parents create balanced meals, encourage physical activity, and partner with pediatricians, schools, and child-care providers in their fight against obesity.
FAM RC 552 .O25 P37 2006

Raising a healthy, happy eater: a parent's handbook: a stage-by-stage guide to setting your child on the path to adventurous eating -- New York, NY: The Experiment, 2015.
The right start on a child's food journey is necessary for good health, motor skills, and even cognitive and emotional development. Fernando and Potock show you how to expand your family's food horizons, avoid the picky eater trap, identify special feeding needs, and put joy back into mealtimes.
FAM RJ 206 .F47 2015

The sneaky chef: simple strategies for hiding healthy foods in kid's favorite meals / Lapine, Chase Missy. -- Philadelphia: Running Press, 2007.
This book teaches you how to make the meals your kids already eat, but with secret healthy ingredients.
FAM RJ 206 .L36 2007

A table en famille: recettes et stratégies pour relever le défi / Breton, Marie -- Québec, QC : Flammarion, 2006.
Le livre aborde d'un point de vue instructif et pratique des sujets cruciaux : l'importance de développer un bon rapport avec la nourriture dès la petite enfance et le rôle des repas en famille dans ce processus; une solution pour que les repas ne soient plus une source de conflit : le principe du partage des responsabilités et le parent décide quoi, comment et quand, l'enfant décide combien.
FAM RJ 206 .B73 2006

Vegetarian baby and child: recipes and practical advice for raising a healthy child / Jackson, Petra -- Toronto: Macmillan Canada, 1995.
A guide for parents who are bringing up vegetarian children provides more than one hundred easy-to-prepare recipes that are accompanied by nutritional guidelines for growing bodies and tips on freezing and microwaving.
FAM RJ 206 .J33

Les vérités qui dé-mangent: les coups de gueule d'une nutritionniste engagée / de Reynal, Béatrice -- Paris: Librairie Vuibert, 2008
Abondance et qualité alimentaire n'ont jamais été aussi bonnes. Monde moderne oblige, jamais non plus le consommateur ne s'est autant soucie de ses menus et de sa sante nutritionnelle. Les marqueteurs traditionnels l'ont bien compris et rivalisent d'invention pour faire croire au produit miracle au
consommateur. Des conseils pour devenir un consommateur averti en décodant les étiquettes.
FAM RJ 206 .D47 2008

Whole foods for babies and toddlers / Kenda, Margaret -- Schaumburg, IL: La Leche League International, 2001.
This introduction into the world of whole foods will help parents introduce their baby to solids and give them the knowledge to encourage healthy eating for all ages. It contains updated information on the inferiority of processed and prepackaged baby good and the superiority of whole foods. This book will prepare to give a strong start toward a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. Recipes are also included.
FAM RJ 206 .K462

Your child's weight: helping without harming: birth through adolescence / Satter, Ellyn -- Madison, WI: Kelcy Press, 2005.
Presents evidence that children gain too much weight because of how, not what, they are fed. This book is about parents doing an excellent job with regards to feeding, and physical activity to let your child grow up to get the body that is right for him/her.
FAM RJ 206 .S3 2005

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Web Sites

EatRight Ontario / Saine alimentation Ontario

Dietitians of Canada / Les diététistes du Canada

Nutrition for Children and Teens -

Nutrition -

Food and Nutrition – Health Canada / Aliments et nutrition – Santé Canada

When Your Child is a Picky Eater – Caring for Kids / Quand votre enfant est un mangeur difficile – Soins de nos enfants

Nutrition Tips for the Selective Eater – CHEO

Healthy Eating for Children – Government of Canada / Une saine alimentation pour les enfants – Gouvernement du Canada

Kids and Food: Top 10 Tips for Parents – Kids Health from the Nemours Foundation

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Get Enough Helper / Calculassiette
● Dairy Farmers of Canada
● English, French / anglais et français
●  Last updated / dernier mis-a-jour Jan 2017 janvier
● Free / gratuit
● Google Play: The free Get Enough Helper tool is offered by the Registered Dietitians of Dairy Farmers of Canada to help you eat healthier and feel great. It’s not your everyday calorie counter like most apps, it counts your servings instead. That means you can keep track of what you eat at the touch of a button to see if you’re meeting your recommended daily Canada’s Food Guide servings, it’s the easy way to help make sure you’re getting enough of what you need every day. Learn about nutrition and how to visualize a serving size. Plus get delicious recipes, fun and helpful nutrition tips and more. / Le Calculassiette est un outil offert gratuitement par les diététistes des Producteurs laitiers du Canada pour vous aider à mieux manger et à vous sentir bien. Contrairement aux applications qui calculent les calories, celle-ci compte les portions! Ainsi, vous pouvez faire un suivi du bout des doigts pour savoir si vous avez atteint le nombre de portions quotidiennes recommandées par le Guide alimentaire canadien. C’est une excellente façon de vous aider à consommer ce dont vous avez besoin quotidiennement.Apprenez-en plus sur la nutrition et sur la taille des portions. En prime, obtenez de délicieuses recettes, des conseils nutritionnels amusants et pratiques et plus encore.
● Available from / disponible via Google Play & iTunes

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable infor

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Last Updated / Mise-à-jour: Feb 2018 février
Links Tested / Liens vérifiés: Feb 2018 février

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