Family Resiliency Center at U of I hosting Food & Family Conference Sept. 26 in Chicago
Food and Fmaily Conference family meal photo
September 9, 2019

URBANA, Ill. - Join the nation's foremost experts in human nutrition, obesity research, and child and family health at the Food and Family Conference 2019 on Sept. 26, at the University Club of Chicago.

The conference is hosted by the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with the Christopher Family Foundation.

During the conference, participants will learn about new funding opportunities and the latest research related to challenges and solutions to promoting healthy eating; connecting food and family in positive ways; and challenges of feeding children in a variety of settings.

Speakers from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will include:

  • Sharon Donovan, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health; Building STRONGer Kids Through Early Life Nutrition
  • Barbara Fiese, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, professor and FRC director; Family Matters: What Do Parents Want to Change About Mealtimes?
  • Brent McBride, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, professor and director, Child Development Lab; Father’s Responsive Feeding Behaviors During Family Mealtimes: An Exploratory Study

For a full list of speakers and bios, visit:

To view the agenda and to register, go to:

For more information, contact Kelly Uchima at 217-244-5119 or

The Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Programs provide compelling evidence positively connecting food and family life. Through evidence-based programs, guidance is disseminated to families and professionals connecting healthy eating and positive relationships.

Doris Kelley Christopher, founder of Pampered Chef, Ltd., and an Illinois graduate, assisted in establishing the Family Resiliency Program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at U of I in 2000.