April 2015 - November 2018

Nov. 12, 2018
Microbial Changes in Gut May be Behind Broccoli’s Anti-cancer Power
Research from Family Resiliency Center affiliate Hannah Holscher shows how microbial changes in the gut may be behind broccoli's anti-cancer power. "There is interest in broccoli and cancer because broccoli has been shown to slow cancer incidence in humans. This study gives us a better understanding of which microbes are creating the metabolites that have been shown to slow cancer in humans, so that we can do additional studies to see if the microbes that are increasing are part of this cancer-fighting mechanism,” Holscher said.
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July 3, 2018
Family Food Involvement at Preschool Age Positively Influences Eating Habits
Preschool-aged kids participating in meal planning, meal prep, and grocery shopping can positively influence food-related behaviors and dietary intake.
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Apr 26, 2018
FRC Research Shows Culinary Programs in Schools Offer Benefits to Children, Set Stage for Healthier Habits
Culinary programs in schools are improving eating habits, food preferences, and cooking skills among children, yet this programing in schools is limited and often delivered inconsistently. A review of culinary interventions with children in schools shows they bring a variety of benefits to the students who receive them, according to research authored by Henna Muzaffar, RD, PhD, of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
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April 11, 2018
ACES 2018 Funk Award Recipients Recognized at Banquet
FRC team members Dr. Brent McBride, Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee, Dr. Gail Ferguson, and Cathy Cherry were among those recognized at ACES 2018 Funk Award Banquet.
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April 10, 2018
FRC Team Members Receive Top Awards; Recognized for Contributions
FRC team members Dr. Brent McBride, Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee, Dr. Gail M. Ferguson, and Cathy Cherry are honored with University of Illinois College of ACES and Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards.
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Feb. 27, 2018
Family Resiliency Center Research Investigates Benefits, Barriers to Transdisciplinary Graduate Education
The London School of Economics and Political Science blog highlighted two research articles about the evaluation of the I-TOPP programme. Anna- Sigrid Keck, Stephanie Sloane, Janet M. Liechty, Barbara H. Fiese, and Sharon M. Donovan designed a structured doctoral program focused on transdisciplinary research and compared students’ publication patterns to students in traditional programmes.
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Jan. 9, 2018
FRC Researcher Featured on West Virginia's WDTV5Q News
Happy meal times may equal healthy choices for kids, according to Family Resiliency Center research led by Jaclyn Saltzman.
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Dec. 4, 2017
Positive Parenting: Happy Mealtime, Healthy Kids
Family Resiliency Center researcher Jaclyn Saltzman discussed a study that suggested if parents can create a positive environment at mealtime, children may reap the health benefits. Saltzman and her colleagues studied the habits of 75 families with 3-year-old children. "Families that had a more positive mealtime emotional climate also had children who ate about one more serving of healthy food," she said.
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Nov. 21, 2017
Commentary: How Expressing Gratitude This Thanksgiving Can Better Your Health
FRC Director Barabara Fiese relates in this op-ed piece how expressing gratitude can improve people's health.
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Nov. 9, 2017
FRC Investigator Naiman Khan featured in Smile Politely
Smile Politely captured an inside look at Family Resiliency Center researcher Dr. Naiman Khan. Khan's research, conducted through the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience laboratory, will contribute to FRC's STRONG Kids research project, a longitudinal study covering the relationship between biology and environment, in an effort to prevent and combat childhood obesity.
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Oct. 4, 2017
A Happier Emotional Climate at Mealtimes May Mean Healthier Food Choices by Children
A new study from Family Resiliency Center researchers explores the relationship between emotional climate at mealtimes and the food choices of children.
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Sept. 27, 2017
Researchers Investigate the Impact Family Dynamics, Relationships Have on Children's Appetite Self-regulation
Family dynamics and parental relationships play a role in children's appetite self-regulation. This research is important because such regulation as a child can reduce risks for obesity and other health risks during the lifespan.
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Aug. 29, 2017
Researchers Explore Breastfeeding Barriers and African American Mothers
Social norms and lack of support may keep many African American moms from breastfeeding.
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March 21, 2017
FRC Leadership Authors Child Evidence Brief on Food Insecurity
FRC Director Barbara Fiese and affiliate member Craig Gundersen authored a Child Evidence Brief on Food Insecurity for the Society for Research in Child Development. The piece will be used by the policy and communications office at the Society for Research in Child Development to inform government stakeholders about the importance of reducing food insecurity in households with children and supporting SNAP.
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March 16, 2017
FRC Research Affiliate Craig Gundersen discusses the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with Huffington Post
Data challenges the stereotype that receiving food stamps discourages working.
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March 15, 2017
FRC Affiliate Among Top 1% Most Productive Advertising Scholars Globally
A new study finds FRC affiliate member Michelle Nelson among the top 1% of most productive advertising researchers globally. Dr. Nelson is a co-principal investigator on FRC's JUS Media? Programme.
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March 3, 2017
Creating a Global Health Intervention to Combat U.S. Media Influences on Eating Habits in the Caribbean
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 FRC 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 food-focused media literacy intervention for Jamaican families designed to teach youth and parents how to question and be more savvy about the food messages in media and advertising, especially the ads that come from U.S. cable channels.
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Feb. 6, 2017
Cultural, Linguistic Gaps May Deter Latinos from Joining Health Programs
This study explored Latinas’ attitudes toward lay community health researchers called “promotoras.” Co-authors on the paper were Jennifer McCaffrey, Andiara Schwingel, Angela R. Wiley, and Margarita Teran-Garcia.
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Oct. 21, 2016
Former HDFS Student Tatyana McFadden to Serve as Grand Marshal of 2016 Homecoming Parade
Tatyana McFadden, an accomplished student athlete in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair track, will serve as grand marshal of the 2016 homecoming parade at Illinois. McFadden is a Paralympic medalist and 2014 Illinois graduate.
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Oct. 3 2016
Doris Kelley Christopher Hall Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Doris Kelley Christopher Hall, which houses the Family Resiliency Center, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The building offers a unique combination of research, education, and outreach, all of it centered on helping families thrive under challenging conditions.
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Aug. 4, 2016
Parents Magazine features FRC Research
How Your Mood Can Effect Your Kid's Eating: Parents Magazine features Family Resiliency Center published work on the topic.
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June 27, 2016
Donations Provide Stopgap Funding for University of Illinois Autism Program
The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois was about to become another casualty of the state budget crisis, but a significant gift from a private donor to the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences will help fund The Autism Program for the coming year.
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April 19, 2016
Causes of Childhood Obesity Complex, but Families, Media Play Key Role
Children's genetic risks for obesity may be reduced by interventions that strengthen family communication and help children manage their emotions and feelings of satiety. In a paper that reviews current research on childhood obesity, Drs. Barbara Fiese and Kelly Bost emphasize the need for greater collaboration with families in developing healthy-living campaigns and community-based programs.
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Nov. 24, 2015
Expert Roundtable: The Psychological Benefits of Thanksgiving Rituals
Family traditions at ‪Thanksgiving‬ go beyond filling people's bellies with turkey and pie. This expert roundtable, featuring FRC Director Barbara Fiese, explores the psychological benefits of Thanksgiving rituals.
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June 29, 2015
Scientists Try to Figure Out Picky Eating in Kids
For some kids, mealtime is a war: It's them against broccoli, or whatever culinary abomination their parents have chosen to serve for dinner that night. And yet not all picky eaters are picky in exactly the same way, notes Sharon M. Donovan, a nutrition professor at Illinois who published a paper in The Journal of Sensory Studies on the subject. Her theory, as reported by Scientific American, is that if researchers can identify why some kids are such finicky eaters, they can help develop targeted strategies for parents and bring much-needed peace to family dinners.
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April 23, 2015
District of Columbia Ranks Fourth in Hunger Risk for Seniors
A report co-authored by FRC affiliate member Craig Gundersen found that the majority of seniors who are food insecure are white and have incomes above the poverty line, but that the risk is higher among other groups.
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