The objective of this research project is to characterize health and nutrition issues that affect immigrant and refugee newcomer children. There will then be a comparison of the impact of income-related household food insecurity on the health and nutrition status of newcomer children to those of Canadian children. In addition, the current support system for immigrants and refugees will be assessed.


In a cross-sectional design, we have taken measurements from a sample of newcomer children who have been living in the cities of Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada for no more than 5 years. We chose 5 years, as studies have suggested the greatest change in lifestyle and diet occurs within this 5 year period. The most recent testing period for this study occurred from 2012-2015. We hope to continue this study in the future.