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New Website

After several months of development, the Family Resiliency Center is excited to unveil its brand-new website! We've overhauled everything, and we can't wait for you to see it. So head on over and check out some of our fantastic research projects or resources, and let us know what you think.

Food & Family Program Announces New Projects

The FRC's Christopher Family Foundation Food & Family Program is excited to announce funding for two new research projects. The first project, Gene–Microbiome–Environment Interactions, is being led by Drs. Kelly Bost and Sharon Donovan and seeks to understand how genetics, the gut microbiome, and the environment interact in affecting children's self-regulation, parental feeding practices, and family relationships around the dinner table. The next study, JUS? Media Programme, is led by principle investigators Drs. Gail Ferguson and Michelle Nelson and seeks to understand how unhealthy eating habits develop in U.S. immigrants of Caribbean origin. A current need exists for food-focused U.S. media literacy training in Jamaica, and the project's long-term aim is to implement effective family health prevention in developing regions.

Positive Mealtime Environments May Lead to Healthier Children

A recent national survey conducted by the USDA indicated that, on average, families with children under 17 will share 5.77 meals together throughout the week, and what happens during these meals can have a significant effect on children. FRC Director Dr. Barbara Fiese recently wrote a blog post for about the importance of family mealtimes, family interactions during these gatherings, and how these interactions affect a child's health and wellbeing. Dr. Fiese also includes a list of easy-to-implement "Mealtime Tips" that can lead to more constructive family mealtimes.

Dr. Janet Liechty and Graduate Student Jaclyn Saltzman Featured in Huffington Post

Dr. Janet Liechty and Graduate Student Jaclyn Saltzman were recently featured in Huffington Post discussing how teasing can put children at risk for binge eating disorders. The article explains factors that can lead to children developing these types of disorders, and lists tips parents and families can employ if their child is affected by them. "Every kid and family is different," says Saltzman, "and we think it's less about what exactly is said, and more about the emotional tone and message that the child hears." The full article can be found here.

Annual Report Released

The FRC's annual report is now available. Click here to check out the exciting things that have been happening here over the past year.

TAP Receives Funding to Remain Open

A private donation to the College of ACES will allow The Autism Program at Illinois to remain open for the coming year. The donation breathes new life into the social service program as it has had to persevere through a lack of state funding for months. Although the news is a welcomed development, the need for sustained funding still exits for a program that provides these types of critical services to the local community:

  • Training for parents, educators, and day care providers.
  • Hundreds of screenings and diagnostic procedures. 
  • Social groups, ABA therapy, and sibling groups that can help children with autism better relate to their family members and peers.
PATH Study: Now Recruiting

The PATH research project is looking for healthy adults between the ages of 25-45 to participate in a study that will investigate the relationship between diet, gut function, metabolism, and thinking ability. The 12-week study will have participants eat a pre-packaged meal once per day. Participants are eligible to receive up to $350 worth of gift cards for their efforts. Click here for more information or to volunteer for the study.