Family Resiliency Center | Illinois


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

Be a TV Star! Families Needed for Mealtime Minutes PSA Filming

Published Date:May 17, 2013

We are looking for two families to star in one of our next Mealtime Minutes PSAs.  We're looking for families with children between the ages of 5 and 10.  You don't need to have any acting skills and you'll receive a basket of amazing Pampered Chef products as a thank-you.  To find out more read here.

Published Date: May 17, 2013

Bridging the Domestic and International: Food Security Research Areas Workshop

Published Date:April 24, 2013

The National Soybean Research Laboratory and the Family Resiliency Center are sponsoring an all-day workshop "Bridging the Domestic and International: Food Security Research Areas" on Monday, April 29, 2013 from 9:30-4:15 in Christopher Hall, 904 W Nevada, Urbana.  The event is free but RSVP's are requested.  For RSVP and speaker information click here.

Published Date: April 24, 2013

Mealtimes in Child Care: A Potential Avenue for Obesity Prevention in Young Children Presented by Dr. Madeleine Sigman-Grant from the University of Nevada

Published Date:April 3, 2013

Dr. Madeleine Sigman-Grant, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, will be giving a lecture titled "Mealtimes in Child Care:  A Potential Avenue for Obesity Prevention in Young Children" on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Noon in the Studio in Christopher Hall.  Food will be provided.   Read More

Published Date: April 3, 2013

Now Recruiting Students for Fall 2013/Spring 2014 HDFS 494 Undergraduate Research Course

Published Date:March 12, 2013

The Family Resiliency Center is offering two Undergraduate Research Courses next year, one for the STRONG Kids Program and one for our Food and Family Program.  We are currently recruiting students who will have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing in the Fall '13 to enroll in these courses.  Students may enroll in 2-3 hours of credit for these courses.   For more information visit  Read more

Published Date: March 12, 2013

Food for Thought Series Featuring Dr. Sara Gable- Februrary 15, Noon-1

Published Date:February 15, 2013

The Family Resiliency Center is pleased to host Dr. Sara Gable for the upcoming Food for Thought lecture on Friday February 15, from Noon - 1 in the Studio (Room 1009) at Doris Kelley Christopher Hall.  Read more...

Published Date: February 15, 2013

Child Nutrition and Health Expert Dr. Maureen Black Visiting Next Week

Published Date:November 6, 2012

Dr. Maureen Black, a pediatric psychologist specializing in intervention research related to children's nutrition, health, and development, will be the next I-TOPP lecturer speaker.  I-TOPP, is an innovative research-based PhD/MPH degree program with a focus on obesity prevention and child health and wellbeing.  For more information on her visit Nov 12-13 click here.

Published Date: November 6, 2012

FRC Director Barbara Fiese Keynote Speaker at NCFR 2012 Annual Convention

Published Date:October 31, 2012

Dr. Barbara Fiese presenting "Childhood Obesity:  From the Family Dinner Table to Public Policy" at the National Council on Family Relations 2012 Annual Conference.  The talk, scheduled for 1:15 MDT on Nov 1, 2012 will be streamed live and can be viewed at the following site: more


Published Date: October 31, 2012