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Q&A: 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

from By: Katrina L. Piercy, Ph.D., R.D., ACSM-CEP

From Feb. 2: Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Katrina L. Piercy, Ph.D., R.D., ACSM-CEP is a physical activity and nutrition advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She also is a lieutenant dietitian officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She served as a policy writer for the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and is the federal coordinator for the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Dr. Piercy is an ACSM member and previously served on the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA) Board.


The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) recently released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the nation’s trusted resource for evidence-based nutrition recommendations. The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to help reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. This commentary is a Q&A interview with Dr. Piercy and also reflects information provided to her through consultation with her colleagues in the Division of Prevention Science in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, HHS. more


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