Children's genetic risks for obesity may be reduced by interventions that strengthen family communication and help children manage their emotions and feelings of satiety. In a new paper that reviews current research on childhood obesity, University of Illinois scholars, Dr. Barbara Fiese and Dr. Kelly Bost emphasize the need for greater collaboration with families in developing healthy-living campaigns and community-based programs.
- The Family Resiliency Center is now accepting applications for HDFS 494, an undergraduate research program designed to provide students with first-hand experience working as part of a research team as well as to help them develop a working knowledge of the theory and applications of transdisciplinary research.
Community partnerships are critical for implementing health promotion programs in alternative schools. Check out this article about health behavior promotion in alternative schools featuring Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Student Jaclyn Saltzman, School of Social Work Associate Professor Janet Liechty, and Undergraduate Researcher Elizabeth Badskey.
- The FRC is seeking to fill up to two postdoctoral positions to commence as early as August 2016. Click on the article to read more about the positions and how to apply for them.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 17th at 12:00 p.m. in the Christopher Hall Studio for the STRONG Kids Brown Bag Series featuring Dr. Naiman Khan from the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. Dr. Khan talking about the relation of obesity and diet to neurocognitive health.
Sprouts, our research program that teaches healthy habits to elementary school students, is a featured project in the University of Illinois' Public Engagement Update. Click here to read more about Sprouts and all about its healthy habits curriculum.
Once an undergraduate student working on Family Resiliency Center research projects and now a STRONG Kids Family Specialist, Kelly Uchima, is a perfect example of the FRC’s commitment to developing the next generation of researchers. Click here to read more about Kelly and her experiences with the FRC.
- The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) announces faculty seed grant funding through the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program. The Food and Family Program is designed to support innovative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that can unravel the complex connections between the family environment and healthy active lifestyles for all.
- A new University of Illinois study reveals that distracted dining may be as dangerous to your health as distracted driving is to your safety on the highway.
- Our family traditions at Thanksgiving go beyond filling our bellies with turkey and pie. Check out this expert roundtable, featuring FRC director Dr. Barbara Fiese, exploring the psychological benefits of our Thanksgiving rituals.
- Since its inception, the Family Resiliency Center has been dedicated to developing undergraduate students by including them in research projects. One of those students, senior Pia Gomez, an Animal Science major, has been involved with the STRONG Kids research project since her sophomore year.
Were you unable to attend the Food & Family Conference held last month in Chicago? Well, you’re in luck. Presentations from the conference, along with their accompanying PowerPoint slides, have been placed on the conference’s webpage.
- The Family Resiliency Center is seeking a student intern to work approximately 10 hours per week on a variety of communication projects, including updating and maintaining website content and providing assistance to the Family Resiliency Center staff.
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston has invited noted psychologist Dr. Barbara Fiese, PhD to give the John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture in Family, Health and Human Values at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 15 in the Midtown Room on the second floor of the Student Center. A 6:00 p.m. reception precedes the lecture. Click here to read the full article.
- Urbana—Want to learn more about the changing food environment or about challenges that arise from feeding children in multiple settings? On September 17, the Family Resiliency Center and the Christopher Family Foundation are partnering to bring together some of the nation’s leading experts in human nutrition, obesity research, and child and family health to The University Club in Chicago, Illinois.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.