The Food & Family Conference
On Thursday, September 17th, the Family Resiliency Center and the Christopher Family Foundation hosted the Food & Family Conference at the University Club of Chicago. Attendees, ranging from nutrition professionals, foodbank staff, industry representatives, early care advocates, extension educators, and academics, heard 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 family in positive ways, and
- the challenges of feeding children in a variety of settings.
Check out the video below featuring the Christopher Family Foundation Food & Family Program and some of its important research projects. Please visit the conference's webpage next week for video of the presentations.
The Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program (I-TOPP) Symposium will take place on October 8-9 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center. With a focus on obesity prevention and child health and well-being, I-TOPP is an innovative research-based PhD/MPH degree program utilizing a transdisciplinary approach to integrate nutrition, physical activity, public health science, family science, human development, economics, and public health practice. The symposium serves as an educational opportunity for faculty, students, and stakeholders in the Illinois community as well as faculty invited from around the country. For more information, please visit the symposium's webpage.
On Monday, September 21st, the Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at Illinois hosted researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan who presented the latest in research, translation, and community outreach on how environmental exposures affect children’s health and development at the Midwest Children's Environmental Health Symposium. Jointly funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the mission of the centers is to reduce health risks, protect children from environmental threats, and promote their health and well-being in the communities where they live, learn, and play. Video from the event will be posted soon to the symposium's webpage.
A Minute With Craig Gundersen
Craig Gundersen, the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor of Agricultural Strategy at the University of Illinois, recently sat down with News Bureau Business and Law Editor Phil Ciciora to discuss why food insecurity still hasn't decreased in the U.S. Please click here to read the article.
National PostDoc Appreciation Week
National PostDoc Appreciation Week was in September, and the Family Resiliency Center would like to give a huge shout-out to Dr. Katherine Speirs. Dr. Speirs' research looks at strategies to improve feeding practices in childcare settings. She's amazing to work with, and we're lucky to have her at FRC!
In September, graduate students Dina Izenstark and Sarah Curtiss from The Autism Program (TAP) at Illinois reached out to members of the local community at Urbana's Market at the Square. As an outreach effort, it was wonderful opportunity to discuss the free resources that TAP offers, such as consultations, trainings, and programming. Additionally, TAP offered fun games and interactive activities for kids at the market, including a scavenger hunt, with free prizes for all participants.