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  • 7/1/2015
    For some kids, mealtime is a war: It's them against broccoli, or whatever culinary abomination their parents have chosen to serve for dinner that night. And yet not all picky eaters are picky in exactly the same way, notes Sharon M. Donovan, a nutrition professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who recently published a paper in The Journal of Sensory Studies on the subject. Her theory, as reported by Scientific American, is that if researchers can identify why some kids are such finicky eaters, they can help develop some targeted strategies for parents, bringing some much-needed peace to family dinners.
  • 6/14/2015

    Few studies have examined the lifestyle habits of diet and physical activity among Latino immigrants in rural areas of Illinois, and research regarding this topic is scarce. The Latino population in these areas is increasing and may be at a higher risk for obesity and obesity-related health issues. Because of this, it is important to investigate diet and exercise behaviors in this high-risk population and develop healthy lifestyle strategies for these communities.

  • 5/8/2015
    In order to facilitate more educational equity, Teach for America (TFA) enlists and develops the nation's most promising young professionals to teach in impoverished communities for two years. The recruitment process is extremely competitive, but this year, three HDFS 494 students—Tanis Klingler, Jordyn Fishman, and Erin Tompkins—were selected to serve.
  • 5/4/2015
    Good news came out last week for thousands of families in the local community and across Illinois. The Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois received notification from the Governor’s office that the Department of Human Services is restoring funding for the fourth quarter of this year.
  • 4/28/2015

    Each day we come into contact with—and even use—products that contain potentially harmful chemicals. We eat, breathe in, and absorb them as a matter of routine. And you might not be aware that you’re doing so because they’re in products we frequently use, things like food and beverage packaging (tin and aluminum cans or plastic containers), plastic baby bottles, household cleaning products, personal care products and fragrances, and cash register receipts.

  • 4/24/2015

    Check out this Washington Post article featuring FRC affiliate Dr. Craig Gundersen.

  • 4/23/2015Diana Yates writer Diana Yates by Diana Yates published by Diana Yates

    Two studies in mice add to the evidence that the phthalate DEHP, a plasticizing agent used in auto upholstery, baby toys, building materials and many other consumer products, can undermine female reproductive health, in part by disrupting the growth and function of the ovaries. To read more....

  • 4/10/2015Sharita Forrest writer Sharita Forrest by Sharita Forrest published by Sharita Forrest

    April is Autism Awareness Month. Recently (April 3), Illinois lawmakers announced that $26 million in grant funding for social programs would be suspended to help close a multibillion-dollar budgetary gap. Among the programs to lose funding is the Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois, a statewide network of 13 nonprofit agencies and four universities, including the U. of I. Click to read more...

  • 4/10/2015

    The Family Resiliency Center is looking for a post-doctoral or post-professional MPH to fill a full-time, twelve-month, two-year position (with an option for a third year). The position will be responsible for coordinating all translation and outreach activities of the Community and Outreach Translation Core (COTC), which is a part of the Children’s Environmental Health Research (CEHC) at Illinois. Click to read the full article...

  • 4/7/2015

    On Wednesday, April 8th, Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), will be presenting a poster session and lecture starting at 11 a.m. in the Coordinated Science Lab lower level atrium. Click to read more...

  • 3/11/2015

    Mark your calendars for March 19th. In partnership with Feeding America, one of the nation’s leading organizations in the fight against hunger, the Illinois Lecture Series is hosting a luncheon at the University Club of Chicago featuring Dr. Craig Gundersen. Gundersen, a prominent voice on food insecurity and the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, will provide an overview of food insecurity, its determinants and consequences, and successful strategies for its reduction in the United States. Click to read more...

     

  • 3/10/2015

    On Friday, May 15th, the 1st annual Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC) South Conference—A Trauma-Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children With Special Needs—is being held at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, Illinois. This conference is jointly provided by the Illinois Chapter of the AAP (ICAAP) and SIU School of Medicine, and is co-sponsored by ICAAP, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) and The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP). To read the full article...

  • 3/3/2015

    One of the most frustrating things for teachers is that a supply of learning materials can take years to accumulate. Many teachers have a lack of effective learning materials, and their ability to teach and reinforce concepts to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder can be severely limited. Seeing this need in the Champaign-Urbana community, The Autism Program (TAP) hosted the Make It and Take It Back to the Classroom event. Teachers from the local community and TAP staff and interns gathered at Doris Kelley Christopher Hall over the weekend to create different types of learning aids for classroom use. Click to read more.

  • 11/21/2014

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study. To read the full article...

  • 11/4/2014

    Dr. Barbara Fiese, director of the Family Resiliency Center, is presenting at the 2nd annual ObesityWeek symposium hosted by the Obesity Society in Boston, Massachusetts. Her presentation will explore the core concepts behind the social construction of children’s food. Read more

  • 10/6/2014

    The Wesley Foundation and United Methodist Church held its seventh annual fall seminar on Sunday, titled “The Reality of Poverty Here at Home.” Dr. Barbara Fiese took part in the seminar as a member of the panel of speakers who gave presentations on several subtopics related to poverty including a general overview of poverty in the U.S., food security, children and families in poverty and housing, earned income tax credits, and economic mobility. To read the full article...

  • 10/6/2014

    FRC post-doctoral research associate featured in an article about the the efficacy of interactive and passive online media at helping teens lead healthier lives. To read the full article...

  • 9/19/2014

    Dr. Barbara Fiese, Director of the Family Resiliency Center, and Dr. Craig Gundersen, Executive Director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory and a member of Feeding America’s Research Technical Advisory Group, will participate in the Food Insecurity Research Round Table discussions hosted by Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Read more

  • 9/17/2014Clayton Glazik writer Clayton Glazik by Clayton Glazik published by Clayton Glazik

    On September 6, the Family Resiliency Center (FRC) celebrated the retirement of Professor Connie Shapiro, a former FRC interim director and Human and Community Development (HCD) department head. Shapiro was instrumental in shaping the HCD’s identity from its inception. Read more

  • 7/3/2014Clayton Glazik writer Clayton Glazik by Clayton Glazik published by Clayton Glazik

    University of Illinois Junior, Amanda Jacobs, received an honorable mention at the campus Undergraduate Research Symposium in April for her presentation on the impact of household food security on parental quality of life. Read full article