Plastic Chemical Exposure Linked To Brain Development

New research shows a relationship between phthalates and deficits in cognitive function in rats. This podcast explores what the findings could mean to humans and society as a whole.  Investigators call it a "cautionary study" that shows exposure to phthalates at critical stages in human development could lower the baseline of how smart humans are as a society and while it may be difficult to prove over time,  "enough evidence in animals of various sorts, should make us worried."   The research team successfully mimicked the average phthalates exposure in humans with subjects and found the subjects exposed responded slower to task changes, behaved differently than those not exposed, and showed physical changes to the front part of their brain.  Hosted by: Ryann Monahan, Research Communications Specialist . Featuring: Janice Juraska, PhD, Professor of Psycology and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Family Resiliency Center affiliate & Daniel Kougias, PhD, Neuroscience University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018.  The research paper can be online here.


Kids Packing School Lunches Linked To Health Benefits

This podcast "unpacks" the health benefits behind kids packing their own school lunches. Research shows children who are involved with packing their own lunches tend to make healthier choices, end up with more fruits and vegetables, and have an opportunity to learn responsibility. This podcast features FRC post-doc Dr. Carolyn Sutter's in-depth research in the field of food and family meal times. She explains the importance of researching school lunches- a meal countless school children eat everyday- and how both parents and children can benefit from the lunch packing process. The research was part of the "Parents to Peers" project at University of California at Davis.
Hosted by: Ryann Monahan, Research Communications Specialist
Featuring: Carolyn Sutter, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Family Resiliency Center post-doctoral student and staff.

Military Families Learning Network: Resources to help families thrive

This podcast highlights the Military Families Learning Network and the opportunities it provides members of the military, their families, and other service providers. The podcast discusses personal and professional development opportunities that are accessible around the world. 
Hosted by: Ryann Monahan, Communications Specialist, Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Featuring: Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDN
Upcoming Event: Family Resiliency Center Director, Dr. Barbara Fiese, hosts "The Power of Family Mealtimes: Strategies to Promote Health and Wellbeing" webinar August 21, 2018 11 a.m. (EDT).


Kids In The Kitchen: Involvement Links To Health Benefits

This podcast series brings together researchers from the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to help you put their research into practice to help your family thrive. This episode highlights research showing that kids who are involved in the kitchen and in meal time preparation tend to have healthier diets and are set up to have more success with healthy eating habits down the road. 
This podcast is hosted and produced by Ryann Monahan, Communications Specialist, Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. It features FRC researcher Jessica Jarick Metcalfe. 
“Kids in the Kitchen Podcast: Family Resiliency Center research you can use when it comes to family mealtimes" is a #talkFRCResearch podcast series.



Holiday Chaos In The Kitchen: Ease Tension, Improve Health, Enjoy The Holiday

A #talkFRCResearch Podcast on Holiday Chaos In The Kitchen: Easing The Tension, Improving Your Health, And Enjoying The Holiday. A special holiday themed Family Resiliency Center podcast featuring highlights from FRC research involving family mealtime and cooking with your kids. Listen in to explore ways family mealtimes can be improved this holiday season bringing health benefits to both parents and kids. Plus, cooking in the kitchen with your kids this holiday season, why you should do it and how it can improve your family's health. Hosted by Ryann Monahan, Family Resiliency Center Communications Specialist. Featuring FRC doctoral candidates and researchers Jaclyn Saltzman and Jessica Jarick Metcalfe. #talkFRCResearch



Exploring The Influence of Diet & Obesity On Children's Brain Functioning & Development

An eye-opening look at how a child's body weight and nutrition may influence their brain functioning and brain development.  Dr. Naiman Khan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses his trailblazing new and ongoing research.  This podcast also explores how Dr. Khan and his research team are contributing to the Family Resiliency Center's innovative STRONG Kids Program, a longitudinal study which follows participants from birth through toddler age  and will provide unique insights on how individual biology interacts with family environment in an effort to reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy eating habits in young children. #talkFRCResearch



Picky Eating: How Nature and Nurture May Influence Eating Behavior In Young Children

Picky Eating & Kids: A Family Resiliency Center podcast featuring newly published research exploring how nature and nurture may be influencing children's eating behavior. Hosted by Ryann Monahan, Family Resiliency Center Communications Specialist. Featuring Natasha Cole, a doctoral student in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at U of I and lead author of the study. #talkFRCResearch




Childhood Obesity: A Complex Picture

Dr. Barbara Fiese, Director of the Family Resiliency Center and Professor in HDFS, discussed the factors that contribute to childhood obesity and answered your questions on June 2 on Twitter using #askACES. Here is a podcast of the chat in case you missed it.



Cooking With Your Kids

This episode features Jessica Jarick Metcalfe. Jessica is a graduate student and research coordinator in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois, and her research focuses on children participating in cooking and the positive influence this may have on their food preferences. She works closely with Illinois Extension for developing and evaluating the Illinois Junior Chefs Program, a cooking program geared toward school-aged children.




Exploring Childhood Obesity With STRONG Kids 2


Using a cells-to-society approach to nutrition, STRONG Kids 2 is examining how individual biology interacts with the family environment to promote health eating habits in young children. This episode features STRONG Kids Project Coordinator Jen Themanson who walks us through the program's goals and provides updates on where things stand with project recruitment.





Family Health in Developing Regions and the JUS Media? Programme

Unhealthy eating is a major risk factor for obesity and associated chronic non-communicable diseases, with the Caribbean having the worst rates in the Americas. This episode features Dr. Gail Ferguson talking about her new research project, the JUS Media? Programme, which focuses on combatting risk factors for unhealthy eating in Jamaica and implementing effective family health prevention programs in developing regions.





Healthy Childcare Environments

Children are particularly vulnerable to environmental contaminants, and three-quarters of American children under age five spend at least 20 hours per week at an out-of-home child care facility. In this podcast, Dr. Barbara Fiese speaks about ways to reduce harmful exposures and create healthy environments in child care settings. Podcast is courtesy of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).