Toddler and Preschool Nutrition

Pathway Contributor: Leonard Piche


Leonard Piche, nutritional scientist, received his PhD in human nutrition from the University of Guelph. He is a full professor in the Division of Foods & Nutritional Sciences, Brescia University College and is responsible for developing and teaching basic and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition. He is also a full adjunct professor in the School of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario. He is a member of seven professional nutrition-related organizations (e.g. Canadian Nutrition Society, Dietitians of Canada (DC), College of Dietitians of Ontario). He contributed to two recent editions of Mosby’s Medical dictionary, was a consultant for a Canadian edition of a high school food and nutrition text and co-author of two Canadianized university-level nutrition texts. His research involved experiments in humans regarding diet and heart disease risk (e.g. orange juice and good cholesterol; effects of a high protein diet on cardiovascular disease). He has provided feedback to Health Canada consultations on more than 50 occasions (e.g. nutrition labelling; the Food Guide; updating the Canadian Nutrient File). He was an advisor on three of DC’s online courses for health professionals (e.g. sport supplements; vitamin & minerals; herbal supplements) and numerous PEN modules. He has supervised the nutrient analysis of twelve recipe books. He was recently a team member, on studies on children’s beverage consumption and other factors that contribute to children’s Screen-Related Sedentary Behaviors (i.e. a national survey of physicians about their views when treating childhood obesity). He was also a member of the expert advisory committee for our Natural Health Product Directorate. His current areas of interest include: local food maps; the nutrient content of restaurant foods, meals served to residents in long-term care, and foods grown/raised in Canada; the bio-active components of functional foods; and sport supplement use by university students.

contributed to the following Practice Questions: