Family Resiliency Center | Illinois


Join Us at the Food and Family Conference

Published Date:July 17, 2015

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.

Published Date: July 17, 2015

Scientists Try to Figure Out Picky Eating in Kids

Published Date:July 1, 2015

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.

Published Date: July 1, 2015

Building Relationships, Identifying Needs, and Developing Healthy Lifestyle Programming

Published Date:June 14, 2015

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.

Published Date: June 14, 2015

Three Students Making a Difference

Published Date:May 8, 2015

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.

Published Date: May 8, 2015

Some Good News for The Autism Program

Published Date:May 4, 2015

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.

Published Date: May 4, 2015

Small Changes for a Healthier Environment

Published Date:April 28, 2015

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.

Published Date: April 28, 2015

District of Columbia Ranks Fourth in Hunger Risk for Seniors

Published Date:April 24, 2015

Check out this Washington Post article featuring FRC affiliate Dr. Craig Gundersen.

Published Date: April 24, 2015

The Phthalate DEHP Undermines Female Fertility in Mice

Author: Diana Yates

Published Date:April 23, 2015

Two studies in mice add to the evidence that the phthalate DEHP, a plasticizing agent used in auto upholstery, baby toys, building materials and many other consumer products, can undermine female reproductive health, in part by disrupting the growth and function of the ovaries. To read more....

Published Date: April 23, 2015

How Will the State's Funding Suspension Affect The Autism Program of Illinois?

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:April 10, 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month. Recently (April 3), Illinois lawmakers announced that $26 million in grant funding for social programs would be suspended to help close a multibillion-dollar budgetary gap. Among the programs to lose funding is the Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois, a statewide network of 13 nonprofit agencies and four universities, including the U. of I. Click to read more...

Published Date: April 10, 2015

Hiring a Coordinator for the Community and Outreach Translation Core

Published Date:April 10, 2015

The Family Resiliency Center is looking for a post-doctoral or post-professional MPH to fill a full-time, twelve-month, two-year position (with an option for a third year). The position will be responsible for coordinating all translation and outreach activities of the Community and Outreach Translation Core (COTC), which is a part of the Children’s Environmental Health Research (CEHC) at Illinois. Click to read the full article...

Published Date: April 10, 2015

The NIH Leaders Seminar Series Presents Dr. Linda Birnbaum

Published Date:April 7, 2015

On Wednesday, April 8th, Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP), will be presenting a poster session and lecture starting at 11 a.m. in the Coordinated Science Lab lower level atrium. Click to read more...

Published Date: April 7, 2015

Dr. Craig Gundersen Is Participating in the Illinois Lecture Series

Published Date:March 11, 2015

Mark your calendars for March 19th. In partnership with Feeding America, one of the nation’s leading organizations in the fight against hunger, the Illinois Lecture Series is hosting a luncheon at the University Club of Chicago featuring Dr. Craig Gundersen. Gundersen, a prominent voice on food insecurity and the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, will provide an overview of food insecurity, its determinants and consequences, and successful strategies for its reduction in the United States. Click to read more...


Published Date: March 11, 2015

Come to the Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC) South Conference

Published Date:March 10, 2015

On Friday, May 15th, the 1st annual Autism, Behavior, and Complex Medical Needs (ABC) South Conference—A Trauma-Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children With Special Needs—is being held at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, Illinois. This conference is jointly provided by the Illinois Chapter of the AAP (ICAAP) and SIU School of Medicine, and is co-sponsored by ICAAP, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) and The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP). To read the full article...

Published Date: March 10, 2015

The Autism Program Makes a Little Magic

Published Date:March 3, 2015

One of the most frustrating things for teachers is that a supply of learning materials can take years to accumulate. Many teachers have a lack of effective learning materials, and their ability to teach and reinforce concepts to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder can be severely limited. Seeing this need in the Champaign-Urbana community, The Autism Program (TAP) hosted the Make It and Take It Back to the Classroom event. Teachers from the local community and TAP staff and interns gathered at Doris Kelley Christopher Hall over the weekend to create different types of learning aids for classroom use. Click to read more.

Published Date: March 3, 2015

Longer Work Hours for Moms May Mean Less Sleep, Higher BMIs for Preschoolers

Published Date:November 21, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study. To read the full article...

Published Date: November 21, 2014

Dr. Barbara Fiese Will Present at the 2nd Annual ObesityWeek Symposium

Published Date:November 4, 2014

Dr. Barbara Fiese, director of the Family Resiliency Center, is presenting at the 2nd annual ObesityWeek symposium hosted by the Obesity Society in Boston, Massachusetts. Her presentation will explore the core concepts behind the social construction of children’s food. Read more

Published Date: November 4, 2014

Wesley Foundation Fall Seminar Launches Discussion on Poverty

Published Date:October 6, 2014

The Wesley Foundation and United Methodist Church held its seventh annual fall seminar on Sunday, titled “The Reality of Poverty Here at Home.” Dr. Barbara Fiese took part in the seminar as a member of the panel of speakers who gave presentations on several subtopics related to poverty including a general overview of poverty in the U.S., food security, children and families in poverty and housing, earned income tax credits, and economic mobility. To read the full article...

Published Date: October 6, 2014

Study Explores the Possible Improvement of Healthy-Eating Habits Through Online and Electronic Messaging

Published Date:October 6, 2014

FRC post-doctoral research associate featured in an article about the the efficacy of interactive and passive online media at helping teens lead healthier lives. To read the full article...

Published Date: October 6, 2014

Food Insecurity Research Round Table Hosted by Feeding America

Published Date:September 19, 2014

Dr. Barbara Fiese, Director of the Family Resiliency Center, and Dr. Craig Gundersen, Executive Director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory and a member of Feeding America’s Research Technical Advisory Group, will participate in the Food Insecurity Research Round Table discussions hosted by Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Read more

Published Date: September 19, 2014

Professor Connie Shapiro honored with retirement reception

Author: Clayton Glazik

Published Date:September 17, 2014

On September 6, the Family Resiliency Center (FRC) celebrated the retirement of Professor Connie Shapiro, a former FRC interim director and Human and Community Development (HCD) department head. Shapiro was instrumental in shaping the HCD’s identity from its inception. Read more

Published Date: September 17, 2014