FRC News

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

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