- During the last 30 years, childhood obesity has become an increasingly significant challenge for many families in the U.S. In a study recently published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, researchers at the University of Illinois have been looking at how emotional responsiveness can affect the feeding practices that parents use and how they relate to parents’ emotions.
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There is no mistaking it that family life is busy today. Parents work long hours, children are involved in activities after school, and it just seems like it is hard to find enough time in the day to shop for groceries and prepare a meal for the family. Families often feel pressured to share meals together and wonder—why does it matter? Click here to read this blog post featuring Dr. Barbara Fiese ont he importance of shared family meals.
- The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois was about to become another casualty of the state budget crisis. The program had already made serious cuts to stay afloat this summer. It was announced June 24 that a significant gift from a private donor to the U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences will help fund The Autism Program for the coming year.
- Recently, Dr. Barbara Fiese, Director of the Family Resiliency Center and Professor in HDFS, sat down College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences to discuss the complexities of childhood obesity.
- Join us on Thursday, June 2, from noon to 1 p.m. as Dr. Barbara Fiese, Director of the Family Resiliency Center and Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Illinois, discusses your questions about childhood obesity during a one-hour chat on Twitter. Use the #askACES to ask your questions about the factors that contribute to childhood obesity from how much sleep children should get to screen time limits and more!
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.
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 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.