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FRC Receives NIH Grant to Fund I-CAP: Illinois Early Childhood Activity Program

10/25/2011  8:00 am

The Family Resiliency Center recently received an NIH grant to host an innovative workshop series to advance the field of physical activity research.  

The Illinois Early Childhood Activity Program (I-CAP): Assessing Physical Activity From Circuits to Communities Project workshop series plans to advance the field of physical activity research by developing methods of assessing activity in preschool age children which can be used in natural environments.  The research team will combine scholarly expertise in computer engineering, social media, kinesiology, community health, family health, neuroscience, child development, child care, health disparities, parks and recreation, and public health.  The NIH R13 funded project will feature four workshops that will be held over the next two years to help integrate theoretical frameworks across disciplines.  Researchers will look at developing models of physical activity measurement for diverse preschool age children, form new partnerships among experts from diverse fields, and will engage graduate students across several training programs, helping promote the next generation of health researchers.    

Professor and Director of the Family Resiliency Center Dr. Barbara Fiese along with Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon, Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Administration, as well as the Deputy Director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago will be serving as Principal Investigators on this project.  They will be joined by 15 other Co-Investigators, making this a truly innovative, transdisciplinary approach to studying the inter-relationship between physical activity and health status in preschool aged children.