Letter From the Director
I am delighted to present the 2015 annual report of the Family Resiliency Center (FRC). It has been a banner year for the center in terms of growth in research, extending our reach across the state and nation, and influencing the lives of families and the next generation of researchers.
A highlight of the year was the Food & Family Conference we hosted in Chicago to celebrate the first five years of the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program. This program provides seed grant monies to faculty investigators who work on transdisciplinary teams to identify ways to strengthen families around the topic of food. Over the past five years, several important projects have been developed including identifying the effects of a weekend feeding program for food insecure children on school attendance, examining how parents perceive picky eating, and creating novel ways to reach Spanish speaking families to promote healthy eating and active lifestyles. These projects have involved investigators with expertise in agricultural economics, family social science, sensory science, human nutrition, pediatrics, and extension to name a few. A key element for the success of these projects is the collaborative relationships established among the researchers. Together, they are able to solve complex problems together that they would never be able to address alone.
As we look to the future, these collaborations allow us to translate important scientific findings to the public and stakeholders. Promoting healthy eating from birth, reducing childhood hunger, and protecting children from environmental risks are all topics we actively work on every day. We look forward to sharing our progress in the coming year.
—Dr. Barbara Fiese