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Call for Proposals: Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program

The Family Resiliency Center is pleased to announce faculty seed grant funding through the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program. The Food and Family Program is designed to support innovative transdisciplinary research that can unravel the complex connections between the family environment and healthy active lifestyles for all. We expect to support three proposals for up to $50,000 each. The grant period will begin May 1, 2017 and will be for 18 months (5/1/17-10/31/18). Complete details about the proposal, including how to apply, can be found here

Additionally, an informational brown bag meeting about the program will be held on Tuesday, January 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Christopher Hall Studio (room 1009). RSVPs to the informational meeting are requested but not required and can be sent to Diane Davis at

Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions Open at the Family Resiliency Center

The Family Resiliency Center is seeking to fill up to two postdoctoral research associate positions to commence as early as August 2017. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the following areas: (1) early childhood nutrition, (2) prevention of childhood obesity, (3) family factors that contribute to healthy eating habits in the first five years of life, (4) household food insecurity, and (5) longitudinal data analysis. The positions provide opportunities for early career development, publication, and supervision by national leaders in human development and family studies, nutritional sciences, and experience working on transdisciplinary teams. More information can be found here.

Check Out the FRC's New Podcast Series

We're excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series showcasing some of the exciting research and outreach work that happens at the Family Resiliency Center. Our first podcast features Jessica Jarick Metcalfe, a graduate student and research coordinator in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research focuses on children participating in cooking and the positive influence this may have on their food preferences. She also works closely with Illinois Extension for developing and evaluating the Illinois Junior Chefs Program, a cooking program geared toward school-aged children. The podcast can be listened to here or by clicking below.

Dr. Barbara Fiese Featured on BYU Radio

Dr. Barbara Fiese was featured on the BYU Radio program Top of Mind discussing the importance of Thanksgiving family traditions and managing the stress of holiday gatherings. Listen here.

Picky Eating Probs?

Are you curious about what strategies you can use with that picky eater in your family? Take a look at the tips and helpful advice in our new Buzzfeed article.

STRONG Kids 2 Is Still Recruiting Expectant Moms

Do you have a friend or family member around the Champaign-Urbana, Danville, or Decatur area that is expecting? If so, please share the exciting news that we still have space for 8 to 10 families to be a part of STRONG Kids 2! Remember, they can earn $365 in gift cards, as well as the opportunity to participate in additional paid sub-projects! Interested families can sign up here:


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