NEW! 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.


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.



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).