The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion was created within the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1994, and reports to the Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. CNPP’s mission is to improve the health of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.
The staff at CNPP is composed primarily of nutritionists, nutrition scientists, dietitians, economists, and policy experts. CNPP staff help to define and coordinate nutrition education policy within USDA and to translate nutrition research into information and materials for consumers; policymakers; and professionals in health, education, industry, and media.
CNPP carries out its mission to improve the health of Americans by (1) advancing and promoting food and nutrition guidance for all Americans; (2) assessing diet quality; and (3) advancing consumer, nutrition, and food economic knowledge.
CNPP reports results of research on food consumption and dietary guidance in both technical and popular publications. These publications include MyPyramid for Kids, MyPyramid for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Healthy Eating Index, USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food, Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply, and Expenditures on Children by Families. CNPP publications are available as PDF downloads.
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