Good nutrition is important for our growth and development.

Healthy eating can help children and youth:

  • Do better in school
  • Feel better about themselves, their bodies, and their abilities
  • Cope with stress and manage their emotions better
  • Sleep better

Children and youth with mental health challenges and disorders may face unique obstacles to healthy eating. For example, some medications may impact your child's appetite and eating habits. It is important to help children and youth develop healthy relationships with food and to decrease any stress and anxiety related to food, as this will greatly benefit their future health and well-being. 

The Kelty Centre has developed resources and tools to help your family eat nutritiously, and enjoy healthy relationships with food. These include an interactive healthy eating activity (see below), our Health Living Toolkits for Professionals and Families, and additional recommended resources (see below).

Interactive Healthy Eating Activity

Should kids have to finish their vegetables before they get dessert? Does eating after 8pm cause weight gain? 

Take this short quiz

  • to test your knowledge of healthy eating
  • to learn about good nutrition
  • to see how healthy eating can affect mental health
  • to earn a Healthy Eating Ribbon 
See Also: 
Ellyn Satter Institute
Resources for children and families on how to feed and eat joyfully and confidently.
ActNowBC Healthy Eating
Contains many tips, tools and resources related to physical activity and healthy eating.

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.