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  • 1/29/2018

    This webinar will feature presentations by Dr. Barbara Fiese and Brenda Koester of the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois, and Dr. Susan Buchanan of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Title: Environmental Influences on Children’s Health and Development

    Date: Wednesday, February 14

    Time: 3:00-4:00 PM (EST)

    Description: Every day, children are exposed to substances in their environment that can negatively impact their lifetime trajectory of health. During this webinar you will learn why children are more vulnerable to these exposures than adults due to differences in behavior and biology; unique windows of susceptibility during development; sources of exposure, including in early care and education settings; and health outcomes that may result from these exposures. Particular emphasis will be given to child care settings and early growth and development.

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  • 1/25/2018

    Sprouts is currently looking for teachers and center-based child care providers who work with children ages 4-6 years and have at least 3 years of experience to review the Sprouts curriculum online and complete a 1-1.5 hour phone interview with us to provide feedback. Contact: Ashley Neef | Email: | Phone: 217-300-6636 More information can be found here

  • 1/9/2018
    Happy meal times may equal healthy choices for kids. Family Resiliency Center research lead by Jaclyn Saltzman is featured on West Virginia’s WDTV5Q News.
  • 1/3/2018
    Champaign-Urbana's Online Magazine, C-U Politely features an inside look at Family Resiliency Center researcher Dr. Naiman Khan. Dr. Khan's research through the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is will contribute to the FRC's STRONG Kids project, a longitudinal research project studying the relationship between biology and environment in an effort to prevent and combat childhood obesity.
  • 1/3/2018
    How Your Mood Can Effect Your Kid's Eating: Parents Magazine features Family Resiliency Center published work on the topic. Check it out and learn more!
  • 1/3/2018
    Family Resiliency Center researcher Jaclyn Saltzman featured on WFMX-TV news report discussing new research suggesting if parents can create a positive environment at mealtime, children reap the health benefits. Jaclyn Saltzman, MPH University of Illinois Family Resiliency Center, and her colleagues studied the habits of 75 families with 3 year olds. "Families that had a more positive mealtime emotional climate also had children who ate about one more serving of healthy food," Saltzman said.
  • 11/21/2017Dr. Barbara Fiese writer Dr. Barbara Fiese by Dr. Barbara Fiese published by Dr. Barbara Fiese
    Dr. Barabara Fiese, FRC Director, explains how expressing gratitude can improve your health in a new op-ed.
  • 10/6/2017

    The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) announces a faculty seed grant funding opportunity through the Christopher Family Foundation Food Program. Read More

  • 10/5/2017

    A new study from Family Resiliency Center researchers explores the relationship between emotional climate at mealtimes and children's food choices Read More

  • 9/27/2017Ryann Monahan writer Ryann Monahan by Ryann Monahan published by Ryann Monahan

    Family dynamics and parental relationships can play a role in children's appetite self-regulation. This new research is important because a healthy appetite self-regulation as a child, can reduce risks for obesity and other health-risks over a lifetime. Read More

  • 9/15/2017
  • 9/14/2017

    Social norms, lack of support may keep many African American moms from breastfeeding.

  • 9/12/2017

    The Family Resiliency Center is now accepting applications for a Visiting Project Coordinator.

  • 3/31/2017Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    The Family Resiliency Center is now accepting applications for STRONG Kids/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.
  • 3/16/2017Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    As a part of Autism Awareness Month this April, TAP and the School of Music are sponsoring Thriving With Autism, a piano recital featuring Illinois graduate Dr. Charles Joseph Smith. An accomplished pianist who has autism, Dr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 3/7/2017
    The small island nation of Jamaica generally conjures up images of beaches, reggae, Usain Bolt. Also Pepsi and KFC? The spread of global media and brands, particularly those from the U.S., and their influence on the lifestyles and food choices of families in Jamaica, led us to create the J(amaican) US (U.S.) Media? Programme in collaboration with Julie Meeks, Professor of Child Development and Nutrition at the University of West Indies (UWI) Open Campus. The JUS Media Programme is a new food-focused media literacy intervention for Jamaican families, designed to teach youth and parents how to question the food messages in media and advertising, especially U.S. cable, to be smarter and healthier.
  • 2/27/2017Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    HDFS student and Abriendo Caminios research assistant Ryan Walton is combining his work with the Global Brigades, an organization that helps provide comprehensive health services in developing regions, with his research into highly sweetened beverage consumption and health outcomes.
  • 2/21/2017Tyler Wolpert writer Tyler Wolpert by Tyler Wolpert published by Tyler Wolpert
    URBANA, Ill. – Exploring how multiple factors contribute to the development of childhood obesity, the Family Resiliency Center’s STRONG Kids Program recently received an additional $548,275 of funding from the National Dairy Council (NDC) to extend its current research project, STRONG Kids 2, through 2019.
  • 2/17/2017
    Dr. Brian Ogolsky from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies discusses the science behind why romantic relationships improve or deteriorate during a one-hour chat on Twitter.
  • 2/10/2017
    Champaign, Illinois—February 9, 2017: Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon has announced a registration promotion for Valentine’s Day called “Heal a Heart Registration Day.” Marathon officials announced today that for every person who registers on Tuesday, February 14, the race will donate $5.00 of the entry fee to charity. The money collected from this promotion will be evenly divided and donated to two LOCAL charities: Project Athletes and The Autism Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.