FRC News

STRONG Kids/HDFS 494 undergraduate research program now accepting applications

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:March 31, 2017

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.

Published Date: March 31, 2017

The Autism Program and the School of Music sponsoring the Thriving With Autism piano recital

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:March 16, 2017

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.

Published Date: March 16, 2017

Is it JUS Media? Creating a new global health intervention to combat U.S. media influences on eating habits in the Caribbean

Published Date:March 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.

Published Date: March 7, 2017

HDFS student exploring highly sweetened beverage consumption in developing regions

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:February 27, 2017

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.

Published Date: February 27, 2017

STRONG Kids program receives additional support from the National Dairy Council

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:February 21, 2017

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.

Published Date: February 21, 2017

Dr. Brian Ogolsky discusses why romantic relationships improve or deteriorate on the latest #askACES

Published Date:February 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.

Published Date: February 17, 2017

Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon registration promotion announced

Published Date:February 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.

Published Date: February 10, 2017

Study shows that Americanization may be fueling unhealthy eating in Jamaica

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:February 8, 2017

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.

Published Date: February 8, 2017

Cultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programs

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:February 6, 2017

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.

Published Date: February 6, 2017

The Autism Program introduces a new certification preparation for interns

Author: Tyler Wolpert and Megan Mayer

Published Date:January 26, 2017

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.

Published Date: January 26, 2017

Postdoctoral research associate positions open at the Family Resiliency Center

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:December 13, 2016

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.

Published Date: December 13, 2016

Call for proposals—Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:December 9, 2016

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.

Published Date: December 9, 2016

Family Resiliency Center affiliates receive National Institutes of Health research grant

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:September 14, 2016

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.

Published Date: September 14, 2016

Parents’ binge eating and emotional responsiveness may be intertwined with feeding practices

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:August 15, 2016

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.

Published Date: August 15, 2016

STRONG Kids 2 actively recruiting expectant mothers

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:July 18, 2016

Be part of a three-year study focused on the healthy growth and development of children!

Published Date: July 18, 2016

Family mealtimes—why do they matter?

Published Date:July 6, 2016

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. 

Published Date: July 6, 2016

Donations provide stopgap funding for University of Illinois Autism Program

Author: Debra Levey Larson

Published Date:June 27, 2016

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.

Published Date: June 27, 2016

Dr. Barbara Fiese discusses the complex nature of childhood obesity

Author: Miranda DellaMaria

Published Date:June 9, 2016

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.

Published Date: June 9, 2016

Questions about childhood obesity? Join us for a Twitter chat with Dr. Barbara Fiese

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:May 18, 2016

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!

Published Date: May 18, 2016

Causes of childhood obesity complex, but families, media play key role

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:April 21, 2016

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.

Published Date: April 21, 2016