Community Nutrition Assessment Tools

WIC Works Resource System Assessment Tools

Includes WHO growth standards for infants and children ages 0-2 years and WIC growth charts, and prenatal weight gain grids[0]=resource_type:26

Moving to the Future

Tools for planning nutrition and physical activity programs developed by the Association for State Public Health Nutritionists

Data Sources for Assessment

U.S. Census

Conducted once every 10 years by the U.C. Census Bureau; provides an official count of the U.S. population and information about social and economic needs of the community

American Community Survey

An on-going nationwide survey conducted every year by the U.S. Census Bureau; provides up-to-date information about social and economic needs of the community


Employment/unemployment data are released on a monthly basis

National Center for Vital Statistics

Collects and disseminates data regarding births, deaths, fetal deaths, etc.

Health, United States

Presents an annual picture of the health of the entire Nation and disseminates data from national surveys like NHANES, NHIS, etc.

National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

Nationally representative survey of the U.S. population of all ages, race, gender, income levels, and geographic location that provides

What We Eat in America (WWEIA)

The dietary intake component of NHANES

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

Provides current statistical information on the amount, distribution, and effects of illness and disability in the U.S.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

State-based system of health surveys; collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primary related to chronic disease and injury for the adult population

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

National, state, and local school-based surveys or representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students; monitors health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the U.S.

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

Collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during and shortly after pregnancy

National Immunization Survey (NIS)

Nationwide survey that provides current, national, state, and selected urban-area estimates of vaccination coverage rates for U.S. children ages 19-35 months

NIS Breastfeeding Survey Data

Since July 2001, breastfeeding questions have been asked on the NIS to assess the population’s breastfeeding practices

School Health Index

Online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use in the general U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population, aged 12 years and older