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(Oct. 2017) Two faculty traveled to western Uganda in May to collect pilot data for the study Exploring Adolescent Risk in Uganda Fishing Villages.

(Star Tribune, June 19, 2017) Meal sizes and sugary drinks are closely linked to childhood obesity. Key family counseling messages on healthy eating are linked to reducing childhood obesity.

(April 2017) Ten University of Minnesota nursing students rang in the New Year with Fitbits on their wrists for a wearable technology study.

(Oct. 2016) Two members of the Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research received funding from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Expectant parents experience a myriad of emotions related to the impending birth of a child, including a potpourri of joy and excitement mixed perhaps with a touch of trepidation given the unknowns. When a fetal anomaly such as a life-threatening defect of the cardiovascular, digestive or cerebrospinal system is diagnosed, those initial feelings give way to a high level of outright distress. These expectant parents often endure distress that can interfere with their development as caregivers. In the United States, anywhere from 3 to 10 percent of infants are born with major anomalies. Yet, no reliable instruments have been developed to assess expectant parents’ needs or their developmental trajectories as caregivers after such a diagnosis.