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Evaluating Diet Quality Across the Lifespan: An Introduction to the Healthy Eating Index (HEI)

Evaluating Diet Quality Across the Lifespan: An Introduction to the Healthy Eating Index

This webinar delves into the critical topic of the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), a measure of diet quality used to assess how well a set of foods aligns with key recommendations and dietary patterns published in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Member Price $24.00

Nonmember Price $54.00


This webinar was presented live on November 28, 2023. The CPE associated with this event will expire on November 28, 2026.

Join us for an engaging live webinar that delves into the critical topic of the Healthy Eating Index (HEI). This insightful event will offer a comprehensive review of cutting-edge articles authored by experts, featured in a special issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND).

Panelists will cover the complexities of assessing dietary intake for certain age groups, discuss practical applications in clinical practice, and shed light on the challenges faced in understanding and improving dietary habits for better health outcomes. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with experts in the field, ask questions, and broaden your knowledge of HEI.

CPE Level: 2
CPEU: 1.0 (valid until November 28, 2026)

Performance Indicators:

  • 6.1.4 Defines and establishes appropriate research methodology approaches (e.g. quantitative and qualitative methods).
  • 6.2.2 Selects and uses appropriate tools and skills to collect and interpret research data.
  • 6.2.3 Analyzes and interprets data to form valid conclusions and to make recommendations.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the components in the Healthy Eating Index-2020
  • Identify the components in the Healthy Eating Index-Toddlers-2020
  • Discuss the continuity and considerations for diet quality as defined by the Healthy Eating Index across the lifespan


Linda Snetselaar PhD, RDN, FAND, LD

Editor In Chief of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


TusaRebecca Pannucci PhD, MPH, RD

TusaRebecca received her PhD in Nutrition Science at Purdue University, a Master of Science in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition from Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland, and a Master's in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her post doctorate work at the National Cancer Institute in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program where she transitioned her work from development of tools for dietary assessment to analysis of dietary patterns. TusaRebecca joined the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in 2015 and serves as the Branch Chief for the Nutrition and Economic Analysis Branch. In this role, she leads a multidisciplinary team conducting analyses for the USDA Food Plans, Healthy Eating Index, and the USDA Food Patterns.

Kirsten Herrick PhD, MSc

Kirsten A. Herrick, Ph.D., M.Sc., is a Program Director with the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB) of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Her focus is on developing, designing, and conducting nutrition research related to dietary methods, dietary instruments, measurement error, dietary surveillance, and nutritional epidemiology.

Dr. Herrick oversees the web-based Automated, Self-Administered 24-Hour Dietary Assessment Tool (ASA24), a freely available web-based tool that enables collection of auto-coded, self-administered 24-hour recalls and/or single or multi-day food records. Dr. Herrick also oversees the Diet History Questionnaire, NCI’s publicly available food frequency questionnaire. She also serves as the Project Scientist for the NIH Common Fund’s Nutrition for Precision Health, powered by the All of Us Research Program. Dr. Herrick's scientific interests include nutrient intakes and food consumption patterns among infants birth to 24 months, breastfeeding disparities, iodine nutrition, and ultra-processed food identification and consumption.

Release Date: November 28, 2023


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