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Saving energy pays off for Christopher Hall

Author: Clayton Glazik

Published Date:March 5, 2014

Christopher Hall, home of the Family Resiliency Center, was recognized by campus Facilities & Services for its energy reduction in 2013. Read the full article...

Published Date: March 5, 2014


Fewer young children are obese, new study finds

Published Date:February 27, 2014

Good news: The obesity rate for preschool-age children has dropped, according to federal health officials, who are cautiously optimistic about the trend. Read the New York Times article...

Published Date: February 27, 2014


Couples benefit from relationship work ethic

Published Date:February 19, 2014

U of I study recommends that couples develop a relationship work ethic similar to their professional work ethic, focusing on such things as punctuality, active listening, getting along, and dressing and grooming to impress. Read the full article...

Published Date: February 19, 2014


Moms with insecure attachment style of parenting more likely to have obese kids

Published Date:February 7, 2014

FRC affiliate Kelly Bost's latest research findings were featured in Time magazine. Read the article...

Published Date: February 7, 2014


IL alumna and wheelchair racing champ eyes winter gold

Published Date:January 21, 2014

Having captured the first-ever grand slam of marathons--winning consecutive victories in Boston, London, Chicago, and New York--University of Illinois alumna and wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden is ready to compete in her first Paralympic winter games, competing in Nordic skiing events in Sochi, Russia. McFadden, who earned her bachelor's degree in human development and family studies in December 2013, is profiled in the Chicago Tribune. Read the Chicago Tribune article...

Published Date: January 21, 2014


Researchers ID 3 risk factors for childhood obesity

Published Date:January 15, 2014

Illinois Professor Brent McBride's research identifying three main risk factors for childhood obesity among pre-school children is featured in Nature World News. Read the full article...

Published Date: January 15, 2014


Family-style meals can help kids fight obesity

Published Date:January 14, 2014

Allowing children in day care to dish up their own food at meal times has several benefits that could help combat obesity, says a new University of Illinois study. Family-style meal service is more beneficial to children than giving kids pre-portioned food on a plate. Read the full article...

Published Date: January 14, 2014


Don’t underestimate the importance of sit-down family dinners

Published Date:January 6, 2014

Consumer Reports article cites a Family Resiliency Center study indicating the link between family meals and childhood obesity prevention. Read the full article...

Published Date: January 6, 2014


Alumna artist's career linked to FRC mission

Published Date:December 16, 2013

Meet artist Mary McDonald whose work is displayed in Christopher Hall, home of the Family Resiliency Center. Read the full article...

Published Date: December 16, 2013


U of I study identifies factors that predict post-deployment reunion difficulties for military couples

Published Date:November 18, 2013

A new University of Illinois study illuminates the challenges military couples face as a spouse returns from war. Read the full article...

Published Date: November 18, 2013


University breaks ground on new center for wounded vets

Published Date:November 8, 2013

University of Illinois campus and government officials and members of the Chez Family Foundation broke ground today for the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education, which will be located next to the Family Resiliency Center in Urbana. To read the full article...

Published Date: November 8, 2013


U of I economist and food insecurity expert discusses SNAP benefits

Published Date:November 7, 2013

Illinois Agricultural & Consumer Economics Professor Craig Gundersen explains what the recent reduction in federal funds will likely mean for the 20 percent of U.S. households enrolled in SNAP (formerly known as the food stamp program). Read the full interview...

Published Date: November 7, 2013


New project to raise awareness about value of family meals

Published Date:November 5, 2013

A University of Illinois FRC - Advertising collaboration will use media relations and social media strategies to encourage parents to make family meal times a priority. Read the full article...

Published Date: November 5, 2013


Groundbreaking child care feeding study to aid obesity prevention efforts

Published Date:October 14, 2013

New University of Illinois study indicates how child care providers feed children may be as important as what they feed them. Read the full article...

Published Date: October 14, 2013


FRC Director Barbara Fiese (right) accepts the 2013 Eastern Illinois Foodbank Mission Impact award from EIF Executive Director Jim Hires and EIF Director of Programs Andrea Rundell.

FRC receives foodbank's Mission Impact award

Published Date:September 26, 2013

The University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center (FRC) received an inaugural Mission Impact award today from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank for valuable contributions that have allowed EIF to effectively and efficiently feed more neighbors in the community. During the last decade, FRC faculty and staff have collaborated with and advised EIF on several projects, including the Backpack program and a Feeding America study on how low-income families afford basic household and personal hygiene products. Read the full article.

Published Date: September 26, 2013


FRC researchers contribute to nationwide study revealing families' struggle to afford household goods

Published Date:September 23, 2013

FRC researchers helped shape the Feeding America survey that studied how low-income families cope with not only trying to afford food but also basic personal care and household items like shampoo, toothpaste, detergent, etc Read the full article.

Published Date: September 23, 2013


U of I faculty Jodi Flaws and Susan Schantz

FRC to disseminate research results from center investigating chemical exposure and high-fat diet risks for young children

Published Date:September 23, 2013

University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center faculty are part of a new $8 million research center investigating how certain plastics found in common household items may affect the development and functioning of the endocrine system in infants and young children. The Illinois Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center also explores how the chemical compounds interact with diets high in saturated fat. Read full article.

Published Date: September 23, 2013


ITOPP Lecture Series Presents Dr. Daniel Stokols

Published Date:June 27, 2013

Please join us for an I-TOPP Lecture "Social Ecology - A Framework for Transdisciplinary Action Research" on Thursday, June 27th at 4:00 pm at the Beckman Institute, room 5602, featuring Dr. Daniel Stokols from the University of California at Irvine.  For more information click here.

Published Date: June 27, 2013


New Partnership with Dairy Research Institute to Launch STRONG Kids 2

Author: Brenda Koester

Published Date:June 10, 2013

­The Family Resiliency Center and the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Dairy Research Institute®, a non-profit research organization established by America’s dairy farmers, today will announce a new partnership that will help fill critical research gaps in how healthy eating habits are formed from the earliest ages. The “STRONG Kids 2:  A cells-to-society approach to nutrition” project, for which Dairy Research Institute is providing $1 million of support over five years, will provide unique insights into how individual biology interacts with the family environment to promote healthy eating habits, including milk and dairy consumption, in young children.  It is one of the first longitudinal studies to take a look at the interaction between biological and environmental factors in predicting eating habits, starting at birth.  Read more here.

Published Date: June 10, 2013


I-CAP New Technologies Workshop Registration Now Open

Published Date:May 29, 2013

Registration is now open for the Illinois Early Childhood Activity Program (I-CAP) New Technologies Workshop that will be held on Thursday, June 6 and 7th at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.  For more information click here.

Published Date: May 29, 2013