The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) is an agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, created on December 1, 1994, to improve the health and well-being of Americans by establishing national dietary guidelines based on the best science available. CNPP promotes dietary guidance by linking scientific research to the nutritional needs of the American public through the function of USDA's Nutrition Evidence Library, which it created and manages.

The Center serves as the administrative agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the issuance of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide evidence-based advice for people 2 years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce the risk for major chronic diseases.[1] However, as a result of conflicts of interest, the Guidelines sometimes favor the interests of the food and drug industries over the public's interest in accurate and impartial dietary advice.[2][3][4]

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines were released on Jan. 7, 2016.[5] The updated Guidelines recommend that Americans consume "a healthy eating pattern at an appropriate calorie level to help achieve and maintain healthy body weight, support nutrient adequacy, and reduce the risk of chronic disease. ... [C]hoose a variety of nutrient-dense foods across and within all food groups in recommended amounts. Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake. ... [And] Shift to healthier food and beverage choices."[6]

MyPlate is USDA's food icon and replaced MyPyramid and the Food Guide Pyramid as the Government's primary food group symbol.

Former executive directors have been:[7]

# Executive Directors Education Term of Office President(s) served under
1 Eileen Kennedy D.Sc. 1994–1997 Bill Clinton
2 Rajen Anand D.V.M., Ph.D. 1997–2001
3 Eric Hentges Ph.D. 2003–2007 George W. Bush
4 Brian Wansink Ph.D. 2008–2009
5 Robert C. Post Ph.D., MEd., MSc. [1] January 2009–July 2009 (Acting Executive Director) Barack Obama
6 Rajen Anand D.V.M., Ph.D. November 2009–June 2013
7 Robert C. Post Ph.D., MEd., MSc. [2] July–October 2013[8]
8 Jackie Haven MS, RD October 2013–July 2014[9]
9 Angie Tagtow MS, RD, LD July 2014–February 2017[10][11]

See also


  1. ^ "Purpose - Dietary Guidelines -". Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  2. ^ Herman, Jeff (2010). "Saving U.S. dietary advice from conflicts of interest" (PDF). Food and Drug Law Journal. 65 (2): 285–316, ii. ISSN 1064-590X. PMID 24475543.
  3. ^ "Conflict of Interest in USDA Nutrition Guidelines, Doctors Say". International Business Times. 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  4. ^ Heid, Markham (2016-01-08). "Experts Say Lobbying Skewed the U.S. Dietary Guidelines". Time. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  5. ^ U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Press Release, Jan. 7, 2016. Release No. 0005.16.
  6. ^ 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Executive Summary.
  7. ^ "Former Executive Directors". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  8. ^ (RCPost, Personal Information. Archived 2019-04-29 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "CNPP Deputy Director". Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  10. ^ "USDA Hires Environmentalist Food Activist to Oversee Dietary Guidelines". Washington Free Beacon. 2014-07-10. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  11. ^ "AllGov - Officials". Retrieved 2018-06-29.