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Food & Family Conference Recordings Available

Were you unable to attend the Food & Family Conference held in Chicago? Well, you’re in luck. Presentations from the conference have been placed on the conference’s webpage. Topics range from pediatric nutrition and picky eating to food insecurity and the challenges of feeding children in different locations—such as homes or child care settings. Check out the presentations and learn from some of the nation’s leading experts in human nutrition, obesity research, and child and family health.

Latest Mealtime Minutes Debut

The FRC's latest Mealtime Minutes, public services announcements (PSAs) produced in partnership with The Pampered Chef, have begun airing this fall. The first, Control the Chaos, deals with behaviors which draw attention away from the meal. Examples include answering the phone or door, leaving the table to retrieve something for the meal, or watching television. This PSA shows examples of these distractions and strategies for overcoming or avoiding them. The second PSA, Out of the Mouths of Babes, emphasizes the importance of positive communication at mealtimes and strategies for fostering conversations. 

Children's Environmental Health Symposium Recordings

Recordings from the Midwest Children's Environmental Health Symposium held in September are now available. Featuring research teams from both the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan, the symposium showcased the latest in research, translation, and community outreach on how environmental exposures affect children’s health and development.

Illinois Early Childhood Activity Program (I-CAP) Workshop Recordings

In case you weren't able to attend the final I-CAP workshop in August, the presentation recordings will be placed on the workshop's webpage this week. The final workshop featured Dr. Patty Freedson (University of Massachusettes), Dr. David Stodden (University of South Carolina), and Dr. Dianne Ward (University of North Carolina) and explored the possibilities of research with young children's physical activity and how this can be appropriately measured and improved.

STRONG Kids Brown Bag Series Resumes

The STRONG Kids Brown Bag Series will resume today (Wednesday, November 11) from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in the Christopher Hall Studio. Dr. Hannah Holscher, Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the University of Illinois, will be the featured speaker and will discuss the impact of diet on the gastrointestinal microbiome. We hope to see many of you there.

I-TOPP Speaker Series

On Monday, November 16th, the I-TOPP Lecture Series presents Rachel Larimore, Director of Education for the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, Michigan. Her talk, Nature-Based Preschool—Integrating Best Practices of Environmental and Early Childhood Education Into One Program Model, will be in the Christopher Hall studio at noon. Please contact I-TOPP Program Coordinator Anna Keck with any questions. 


International Research Collaborations

A new article on international research collaborations cowritten by Dr. Gail Ferguson, Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, and Research Assistants Melissa Bravo and Tashaine Morrison of the Culture and Family Life Lab was published in the September edition of the American Psychological International Newsletter. The article can be found here.


Sesame Street has been on the air since 1969, and it's introducing its first character with autism. Linda Tortorelli, Coordinator of The Autism Program at Illinois, joins WCIA to discuss this development and more.