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FRC News

  • 11/21/2017Dr. Barbara Fiese writer Dr. Barbara Fiese by Dr. Barbara Fiese published by Dr. Barbara Fiese
    Dr. Barabara Fiese, FRC Director, explains how expressing gratitude can improve your health in a new fortune.com op-ed.
  • 10/6/2017

    The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) announces a faculty seed grant funding opportunity through the Christopher Family Foundation Food Program. Read More

  • 10/5/2017

    A new study from Family Resiliency Center researchers explores the relationship between emotional climate at mealtimes and children's food choices Read More

  • 9/27/2017Ryann Monahan writer Ryann Monahan by Ryann Monahan published by Ryann Monahan

    Family dynamics and parental relationships can play a role in children's appetite self-regulation. This new research is important because a healthy appetite self-regulation as a child, can reduce risks for obesity and other health-risks over a lifetime. Read More

  • 9/15/2017
  • 9/14/2017

    Social norms, lack of support may keep many African American moms from breastfeeding.

  • 9/12/2017

    The Family Resiliency Center is now accepting applications for a Visiting Project Coordinator.

  • 3/31/2017Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    The Family Resiliency Center is now accepting applications for STRONG Kids/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.
  • 3/16/2017Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    As a part of Autism Awareness Month this April, TAP and the School of Music are sponsoring Thriving With Autism, a piano recital featuring Illinois graduate Dr. Charles Joseph Smith. An accomplished pianist who has autism, Dr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 3/7/2017
    The small island nation of Jamaica generally conjures up images of beaches, reggae, Usain Bolt. Also Pepsi and KFC? The spread of global media and brands, particularly those from the U.S., and their influence on the lifestyles and food choices of families in Jamaica, led us to create the J(amaican) US (U.S.) Media? Programme in collaboration with Julie Meeks, Professor of Child Development and Nutrition at the University of West Indies (UWI) Open Campus. The JUS Media Programme is a new food-focused media literacy intervention for Jamaican families, designed to teach youth and parents how to question the food messages in media and advertising, especially U.S. cable, to be smarter and healthier.
  • 2/27/2017Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    HDFS student and Abriendo Caminios research assistant Ryan Walton is combining his work with the Global Brigades, an organization that helps provide comprehensive health services in developing regions, with his research into highly sweetened beverage consumption and health outcomes.
  • 2/21/2017Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    URBANA, Ill. – Exploring how multiple factors contribute to the development of childhood obesity, the Family Resiliency Center’s STRONG Kids Program recently received an additional $548,275 of funding from the National Dairy Council (NDC) to extend its current research project, STRONG Kids 2, through 2019.
  • 2/17/2017
    Dr. Brian Ogolsky from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies discusses the science behind why romantic relationships improve or deteriorate during a one-hour chat on Twitter.
  • 2/10/2017
    Champaign, Illinois—February 9, 2017: Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon has announced a registration promotion for Valentine’s Day called “Heal a Heart Registration Day.” Marathon officials announced today that for every person who registers on Tuesday, February 14, the race will donate $5.00 of the entry fee to charity. The money collected from this promotion will be evenly divided and donated to two LOCAL charities: Project Athletes and The Autism Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2/8/2017Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    Urbana, Ill. – Previous research has shown that viewing high amounts of media can negatively impact dietary habits, and these unhealthy habits are a driving force behind obesity and its associated health complications. Even though previous research has linked increased TV consumption with unhealthy eating habits, not much research has focused on the impact that media consumption may have on individuals from different cultures.
  • 2/6/2017Sharita Forrest writer Sharita Forrest by Sharita Forrest published by Sharita Forrest
    A new study explored Latinas’ attitudes toward lay community health researchers called “promotoras.” Co-authors on the paper were, from left front, Jennifer McCaffrey, assistant dean of family and consumer sciences; kinesiology and community health professor Andiara Schwingel; applied family studies professor Angela R. Wiley, and nutritional sciences professor Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia.
  • 1/26/2017Tyler Wolpert and Megan Mayer writer Tyler Wolpert and Megan Mayer by Tyler Wolpert and Megan Mayer published by Tyler Wolpert and Megan Mayer
    URBANA, Ill. – The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a community-focused program that aids families and professionals by providing support to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their families, and other professionals in the community. Each semester, TAP welcomes a team of 10 to 12 diligent and hardworking interns who come from a variety of University of Illinois departments such as Human Development and Family Studies, Special Education, Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, and the School of Social Work.
  • 12/13/2016Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) is seeking to fill up to two post-doctoral associate positions to commence as early as August 2017. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the following areas: (1) early childhood nutrition, (2) prevention of childhood obesity, (3) family factors that contribute to healthy eating habits in the first five years of life, (4) household food insecurity, and (5) longitudinal data analysis.
  • 12/9/2016Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) is pleased to announce 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. We expect to fund up to three proposals for $50,000 each. The grant period will begin May 1, 2017 and will be for 18 months.
  • 9/14/2016Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    Working in collaboration with Professor Julie Meeks at the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Jamaica, Illinois researchers Drs. Gail Ferguson (Principal Investigator), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and Michelle Nelson (Co-Investigator), an Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising, were recently awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help fill this void. The $250,000 research grant will support Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Jamaican Schools through Food-Focused U.S. Media Literacy, a transdiciplinary project which will combat the negative impact of increased U.S. media consumption on eating habits in Jamaica.