WPM #2006-5: Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment-WIC Nutrition Assessment Policy
The WIC nutrition assessment serves as the foundation on which other nutrition services are planned and provided. Therefore, each WIC state agency must ensure that each applicant receives a complete WIC nutrition assessment at each certification.
A complete WIC nutrition assessment consists of a process ( described in the Process of a Value Enhanced WIC Nutrition Assessment section of the VENA Guidance) to obtain and synthesize relevant and accurate information (described in Appendix A of the VENA Guidance) in order to:
- Assess an applicant's nutritional status and risk(s);
- Tailor the food package to address nutritional needs;
- Design appropriate nutrition education; and,
- Make referrals to health and social services for follow-up as necessary and appropriate.
The VENA Guidance:
The VENA Guidance is intended to guide WIC state agencies in developing policies and procedures related to all aspects of nutrition assessment. It is comprehensive and includes information about all aspects of nutrition assessment. It promotes a positive participant centered approach and a dietary assessment process that is not dependent upon traditional food frequency or diet recall collection tools. In addition, it includes information about critical thinking skills and links assessment with the current FNS allowed nutrition risk criteria.