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An In-Depth Look at the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025


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The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 to reflect the current body of nutrition science. TheDietary Guidelines for Americans is the nation’s source for nutrition guidance to promote health and prevent disease, and the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policies and programs. Learn what’s new in this edition, including guidance for each life stage – infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy, lactation, and older adulthood – and hear more about other resources available at to support your work.

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Stephenie L. Fu
Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Food and Nutrition Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Stephenie L. Fu

Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Food and Nutrition Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Stephenie Fu has focused her energy over more than 25 years on innovating for social causes and positive behavior change, particularly in food and nutrition. As Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), Ms. Fu provides counsel to leadership and drives strategic integration across CNPP to help advance its mission to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. Her work involves strategic planning, issues management, governmental affairs, and stakeholder relations for CNPP’s initiatives, which include the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Nutrition Evidence Systematic Review, Healthy Eating Index, MyPlate, and USDA Food Plans including the Thrifty Food Plan. Ms. Fu served as a writer for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 and the 2015-2020 edition, and as senior counsel on the translation of the Dietary Guidelines into new MyPlate consumer efforts through audience research, message development, and campaign creation. Prior to joining CNPP, she worked with its staff and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over the years as external counsel through the testing and development of the 2005 and 2010 editions of the Dietary Guidelines consumer messaging and consumer tools, including the development of MyPyramid, MyPlate, and SuperTracker. Over the years, she has worked as a specialist in social marketing and behavior change across sectors on public health issues. In the food and nutrition area, for example, she served as external counsel to the National Cancer Institute for more than 10 years leading the consumer campaign for the 5 A Day for Better Health program, helped drive the development of Guiding Stars, the nation’s first in-grocery nutrition navigation system to help shoppers make healthier food choices at point of purchase, and led consumer nutrition education campaigns for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

Elizabeth B. Rahavi, RD
Nutritionist, Office of Nutrition Guidance and Analysis, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
United States Department of Agriculture

Elizabeth Rahavi specializes in providing science-based communications about nutrition, health and wellness and is currently part of the Office of Nutrition Guidance and Analysis with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).

Elizabeth’s primary responsibilities include development and implementation of dietary guidance to help improve the health and well-being of Americans. She had a leading support role with the development of both the2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the recently released 2020-2025 edition, serving on the writing team for both editions. Elizabeth oversees updates and maintenance for, which was integral in making the development of the Dietary Guidelines a more transparent process. Elizabeth also led the development of the Communicator’s Guide, which helped authors of nutrition education materials and messages apply the Dietary Guidelines to their work. Elizabeth currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Dietary Guidance Review Committee and manages the review of Federal nutrition education materials to ensure consistency with the Dietary Guidelines.

Prior to joining CNPP, Elizabeth served as the Director, Health and Wellness at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and the IFIC Foundation, where she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of communication plans and facilitating IFIC’s outreach to opinion leaders. Elizabeth lives in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband and twin sons.

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