University of Illinois campus and government officials and members of the Chez Family Foundation broke ground today for the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, which will be located next to the Family Resiliency Center in Urbana. To read the full article...
Illinois Agricultural & Consumer Economics Professor Craig Gundersen explains what the recent reduction in federal funds will likely mean for the 20 percent of U.S. households enrolled in SNAP (formerly known as the food stamp program). Read the full interview...
A University of Illinois FRC - Advertising collaboration will use media relations and social media strategies to encourage parents to make family meal times a priority. Read the full article...
New University of Illinois study indicates how child care providers feed children may be as important as what they feed them. Read the full article...
The University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center (FRC) received an inaugural Mission Impact award today from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank for valuable contributions that have allowed EIF to effectively and efficiently feed more neighbors in the community. During the last decade, FRC faculty and staff have collaborated with and advised EIF on several projects, including the Backpack program and a Feeding America study on how low-income families afford basic household and personal hygiene products. Read the full article.
FRC researchers helped shape the Feeding America survey that studied how low-income families cope with not only trying to afford food but also basic personal care and household items like shampoo, toothpaste, detergent, etc Read the full article.
University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center faculty are part of a new $8 million research center investigating how certain plastics found in common household items may affect the development and functioning of the endocrine system in infants and young children. The Illinois Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center also explores how the chemical compounds interact with diets high in saturated fat. Read full article.
The Family Resiliency Center and the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Dairy Research Institute®, a non-profit research organization established by America’s dairy farmers, today will announce a new partnership that will help fill critical research gaps in how healthy eating habits are formed from the earliest ages. The “STRONG Kids 2: A cells-to-society approach to nutrition” project, for which Dairy Research Institute is providing $1 million of support over five years, will provide unique insights into how individual biology interacts with the family environment to promote healthy eating habits, including milk and dairy consumption, in young children. It is one of the first longitudinal studies to take a look at the interaction between biological and environmental factors in predicting eating habits, starting at birth. Read more here.
We are looking for two families to star in one of our next Mealtime Minutes PSAs. We're looking for families with children between the ages of 5 and 10. You don't need to have any acting skills and you'll receive a basket of amazing Pampered Chef products as a thank-you. To find out more read here.
The National Soybean Research Laboratory and the Family Resiliency Center are sponsoring an all-day workshop "Bridging the Domestic and International: Food Security Research Areas" on Monday, April 29, 2013 from 9:30-4:15 in Christopher Hall, 904 W Nevada, Urbana. The event is free but RSVP's are requested. For RSVP and speaker information click here.
Dr. Madeleine Sigman-Grant, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, will be giving a lecture titled "Mealtimes in Child Care: A Potential Avenue for Obesity Prevention in Young Children" on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Noon in the Studio in Christopher Hall. Food will be provided. Read More
The Family Resiliency Center is offering two Undergraduate Research Courses next year, one for the STRONG Kids Program and one for our Food and Family Program. We are currently recruiting students who will have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing in the Fall '13 to enroll in these courses. Students may enroll in 2-3 hours of credit for these courses. For more information visit http://go.illinois.edu/frcstudents. Read more
Dr. Maureen Black, a pediatric psychologist specializing in intervention research related to children's nutrition, health, and development, will be the next I-TOPP lecturer speaker. I-TOPP, is an innovative research-based PhD/MPH degree program with a focus on obesity prevention and child health and wellbeing. For more information on her visit Nov 12-13 click here.
Dr. Barbara Fiese presenting "Childhood Obesity: From the Family Dinner Table to Public Policy" at the National Council on Family Relations 2012 Annual Conference. The talk, scheduled for 1:15 MDT on Nov 1, 2012 will be streamed live and can be viewed at the following site: http://www.ncfr.org/2012-conference-live. Read more
Dr. Barbara Fiese will be presenting "Genes, Gossip,and Groceries: A contextual risk approach to childhood obesity" at an expert panel at the 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association. Her talk will report on findings from the STRONG Kids program, a panel study of 497 families with preschool age children that takes a socio-ecological approach to predicting unhealthy weight gain. read more