This interim report also includes authored summaries of the presentationsat the workshop (Appendix A), along with the results of literature searches conducted in theinitial phase of the study (Appendix B).

The committee's review of dietary assessment tools currently in use in WIC agencieshas not been exhaustive, but it did not find any tools that haveall eight characteristics. The committee's final report will providerecommendations for tools to assess dietary risk in potential WICparticipants and give the scientific basis for those recommendations.It will also address the remaining tasks requested by the Food andNutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (see tasks2 through 6 in the box).

BOX 1 Scope of Work for Assessing Inadequate Diets or Inappropriate Dietary Patterns to Ascertain Eligibility to Receive WIC Services Based on Dietary Risk

  1. Propose a framework for assessing dietary risk among WIC programapplicants, focusing on “Failure to Meet Dietary Guidelines” as a risk criterion;

  2. Identify and prioritize areas of greatest concern when the U.S.Dietary Guidelines are incorporated into WIC programs;

  3. Examine the use of food-based and behavior-based approaches in assessing“Failure to Meet Dietary Guidelines” requirements;

  4. Evaluate possible approaches for use specifically in the WIC setting;

  5. Provide specific cut-offs for establishing WIC eligibility usingthe identified approaches; and

  6. Identify needed research and tools necessary to implement the approachesidentified as having the greatest potential for identifying thoseat nutrition risk.



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