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 December 5, 2022, USDA announced the opening of this virtual center.
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.
Our data brings together nutrition-related research and evidence-based resources to help people make informed decisions about their food choices.
Our efforts to engage with all communities are vital to building trusting relationships that will improve health-related outcomes for everyone.