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Dr. Barbara Fiese Featured in Podcasts
Childhood Obesity: A Complex Picture

Dr. Barbara Fiese, Director of the Family Resiliency Center and Professor in HDFS, discussed the factors that contribute to childhood obesity and answered questions on June 2 on Twitter using #askACES. The podcast of the chat can be found here in case you missed it.

Healthy Childcare Environments

Children are particularly vulnerable to environmental contaminants, and three-quarters of American children under age five spend at least 20 hours per week at an out-of-home child care facility. In this podcast, Dr. Barbara Fiese speaks about ways to reduce harmful exposures and create healthy environments in child care settings. The podcast is courtesy of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and can be found here.

Causes of Childhood Obesity Complex, but Families and 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 new paper that reviews current research on childhood obesity, University of Illinois scholars, Dr. Barbara Fiese and Dr. Kelly Bost, emphasize the need for greater collaboration with families in developing healthy-living campaigns and community-based programs. Click here to read more.

Autism Program Future in Jeopardy

The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois is on its way to becoming another casualty of Illinois' budget crisis. A free program for the community, TAP has managed to remain open since last July without a contract or state funding. But it's about out of support, and plans are being made to shut it down on June 30th. Recently, TAP Director Linda Torterelli and Resource Room Coordinator Anne Hall were featured in the News-Gazette discussing the valuable services the program provides, and its impending closure.

The Autism Program Stats From the Past Year