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ASCEND for Better Health

Agricultural Science Center of Excellence for Nutrition and Diet (ASCEND) for Better Health

A virtual center that brings together scientists, partner organizations, and communities to deliver science-based solutions that promote and elevate food and nutrition security for all Americans.

On July 11, 2024, USDA announced $4.5 million in funding to establish three additional USDA Nutrition Hubs in communities focused on Tribal, Hispanic and Insular Areas.


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Our researchers aim to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how we interact with food, what factors influence our food choices, and how our dietary choices, genetics, and environment lead to specific health-related outcomes.


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Our data brings together nutrition-related research and evidence-based resources to help people make informed decisions about their food choices.


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Our efforts to engage with all communities are vital to building trusting relationships that will improve health-related outcomes for everyone.