FRC News

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

FRC undergraduate research program now accepting applications

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:March 28, 2016

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.

Published Date: March 28, 2016

Implementing health promotion programs in alternative schools

Author: Miranda DellaMaria

Published Date:March 16, 2016

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.

Published Date: March 16, 2016

Sprouts featured in the University of Illinois's public engagement update

Published Date:February 8, 2016

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.

Published Date: February 8, 2016

Developing the next generation of researchers

Author: Clayton Glazik

Published Date:February 5, 2016

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.

Published Date: February 5, 2016

Call for proposals—Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:January 20, 2016

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.

Published Date: January 20, 2016

Distracted dining? Steer clear of it!

Published Date:December 4, 2015

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.

Published Date: December 4, 2015

Expert roundtable: the psychological benefits of our Thanksgiving rituals

Published Date:November 25, 2015

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.

Published Date: November 25, 2015

Student spotlight: Pia Gomez

Author: Clayton Glazik

Published Date:November 19, 2015

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.

Published Date: November 19, 2015

Food and Family Conference presentations now available online

Author: Tyler Wolpert

Published Date:October 29, 2015

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

Published Date: October 29, 2015

Dr. Barbara Fiese to give 2015 McGovern Lecture at the University of Houston

Published Date:October 14, 2015

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.

Published Date: October 14, 2015

Join us at the Food and Family Conference

Author: Tyler Wolpert

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

Author: Tyler Wolpert

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

Author: Tyler Wolpert

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

Author: Tyler Wolpert

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

Author: Tyler Wolpert

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