Adele Hite is a PhD student in communication, rhetoric, and digital media at North Carolina State University, as well as a registered dietitian. She has master’s degrees in English and public health nutrition and has pursued graduate studies in nutrition epidemiology. She is policy chair and co-founder of Healthy Nation Coalition. Her current work examines the historical, social, political, and technological contexts surrounding the creation and evolution of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. essential nutrient needs is first and foremost in the maintenance of optimal nutritional health.