Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) Guidance

Assessment Nutrition Education

The Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) initiative began in 2003 as a result of a National Academies' Institute of Medicine report. The report recommended that women and children ages 2 to 5 years should be presumed to be at dietary risk based on failure to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In addition to refining WIC dietary risk assessment, the entire WIC nutrition assessment was improved through VENA.

WIC State agency-developed tools, training, and materials to support the VENA initiative can be found by clicking the below links.

VENA Guidance Document
Developed by: USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Publication date: April 2006