FRC News

FRC Researcher Featured on West Virginia's WDTV5Q News

Published Date:January 9, 2018

Happy meal times may equal healthy choices for kids. Family Resiliency Center research lead by Jaclyn Saltzman is featured on West Virginia’s WDTV5Q News.

Published Date: January 9, 2018


Food for Thought: FRC Investigator Naiman Khan featured in C-U's Online Magazine Smile Politely

Published Date:January 3, 2018

Champaign-Urbana's Online Magazine, C-U Politely features an inside look at Family Resiliency Center researcher Dr. Naiman Khan. Dr. Khan's research through the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is will contribute to the FRC's STRONG Kids project, a longitudinal research project studying the relationship between biology and environment in an effort to prevent and combat childhood obesity.

Published Date: January 3, 2018


Parents Magazine features FRC Research

Published Date:January 3, 2018

How Your Mood Can Effect Your Kid's Eating: Parents Magazine features Family Resiliency Center published work on the topic. Check it out and learn more!

Published Date: January 3, 2018


Positive Parenting: Happy mealtime, healthy kids

Published Date:January 3, 2018

Family Resiliency Center researcher Jaclyn Saltzman featured on WFMX-TV news report discussing new research suggesting if parents can create a positive environment at mealtime, children reap the health benefits. Jaclyn Saltzman, MPH University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center, and her colleagues studied the habits of 75 families with 3 year olds. "Families that had a more positive mealtime emotional climate also had children who ate about one more serving of healthy food," Saltzman said.

Published Date: January 3, 2018


How Expressing Gratitude This Thanksgiving Can Better Your Health

Author: Dr. Barbara Fiese

Published Date:November 21, 2017

Dr. Barabara Fiese, FRC Director, explains how expressing gratitude can improve your health in a new fortune.com op-ed.

Published Date: November 21, 2017


Family Resiliency Center Seeks Proposals For Grant Funding

Published Date:October 6, 2017

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

Published Date: October 6, 2017


A happier emotional climate at mealtimes may mean healthier food choices by children

Published Date:October 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

Published Date: October 5, 2017


Researchers investigate the impact family dynamics and relationships have on children's appetite self-regulation and how interventions offer hope for health and well-being

Author: Ryann Monahan

Published Date:September 27, 2017

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

Published Date: September 27, 2017


The important role 'nature and nurture' may be playing in children's picky eating behavior

Published Date:September 15, 2017

Published Date: September 15, 2017


Researchers explore breastfeeding barriers and African American mothers

Published Date:September 14, 2017

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

Published Date: September 14, 2017


Job Opening - Visiting Project Coordinator

JOB OPENING - Visiting Project Coordinator

Published Date:September 12, 2017

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

Published Date: September 12, 2017


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