Food and Family Conference September 2015

On Thursday, September 17th, the Family Resiliency Center and the Christopher Family Foundation hosted the Food and Family Conference at the University Club of Chicago. Attendees included nutrition professionals, foodbank staff, industry representatives, early care advocates, extension educators, and academics. All were able to hear from some of the nation’s leading experts in human nutrition, obesity research, and child and family health. Attendees learned about new funding opportunities and the latest research on

  • the challenges and solutions to promoting healthy eating,
  • connecting food and families in positive ways,
  • and the challenges of feeding children in a variety of settings.

Conference Photos

Food and Family Conference September 2015

Presentations

Welcome

Doris Kelley Christopher, Founder, The Pampered Chef

Setting the Stage—Connecting Food and Family in Positive Ways

Dr. Barbara Fiese, Director, Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois

The Changing Food Environment: Pediatric Nutrition

Dr. Sharon Donovan, University of Illinois

The Changing Food Environment: Picky Eating

Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee, University of Illinois

The Changing Food Environment: Media/Advertising

Dr. Ellen Wartella, Northwestern University

The Changing Food Environment: Immigrant Families and Acculturation

Dr. Norma Olvera, University of Houston

The Changing Food Environment: Discussion/Questions Panel

Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon (Moderator), University of Illinois at Chicago

Luncheon Speaker: Food Insecurity and Families

Jeremy Everett, Texas Hunger Initiative

Side-By-Side Keynote: Feeding Children and Families

Dr. Sheryl Hughes and Dr. Jennifer Fisher, Baylor University and Temple University

Mealtime Contexts: School/Child Care

Dr. Dipti Dev, University of Nebraska

Mealtime Contexts: Food Programs

Dr. Rachel Gordon, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Big Picture—Policy and Beyond

Maria Whelan, Illinois Action for Children