Center for Nutrition Policy and
Promotion (CNPP) was created within the
U.S. Department of Agriculture
in 1994. Together with the
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS),
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
The staff at CNPP is composed
primarily of nutritionists,
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. Major
projects administered by CNPP
are listed to the left.
To read the 2011
Accomplishments for the Center
for Nutrition Policy &
The Nutrition Marketing and Communication Division
Designing, leading, and
implementing a wide range of nutrition education, marketing, communications, and promotion projects
To meet its goal, this division—
• Helps consumers, on a national scale, adopt behaviors for making wise food choices and being physically active.
• Plans and coordinates marketing and communications research
involving consumers, health professionals, and nutrition educators.
• Develops, leads, and manages public and private partnerships to help multiply the reach of tested, actionable nutrition and health messages.
Provides customer support to consumers and professionals.
• Creates and manages the CNPP and USDA’s MyPlate.gov Websites.
Represents CNPP in a multitude of professional conferences and meetings.
The Evidence Analysis Library Division
Providing the latest evidence-based science to inform nutrition policy programs that support nutrition guidance provided to all Americans
meet its goal, this division—
• Leads a wide range of scientific review projects that inform and support Federal nutrition policy programs and guidance, as well as serve as the basis for nutrition promotion and education.
Provides professional leadership to the Nation’s nutrition researchers, educators, and health professionals in the development and application of systematic evidence analysis to public health nutrition.
• Makes accessible to the public systematic, evidence-based reviews.
• Evaluates systematically scientific research to support the development and implementation of the Dietary Guidelines and on making nutrition education and social marketing, and health communication methods more effective.
The Nutrition Guidance and
Providing national leadership, technical expertise, and cooperation for development of the legislatively mandated Dietary Guidelines for Americans
To meet its goal, this division—
• Works closely with Federal partners to promote
national nutrition policy.
• Coordinates and shares efforts related to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, thus ensuring that Federal dietary guidance is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and is supported across Federal departments.
Provides professional leadership in promoting national food and dietary guidance by translating science-based guidance into research-based patterns for food intake and message strategies that consumers will use to make informed decisions and positively change behavior.
Conducts policy research on food consumption patterns, nutrients in the U.S. food supply, and consumer expenditures on children to inform national and state policy.
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