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Meet Heather Jones, a family recruiter with the STRONG Kids program. STRONG Kids is currently looking for expectant moms to participate in a new and exciting research study on children’s healthy development and growth. Heather is excited to meet with expectant moms throughout Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Decatur, and our surrounding communities and answers some of frequently asked questions about STRONG Kids below!
So, what exactly is STRONG Kids?
The STRONG Kids Project is an exciting multi-year project at The Family Resiliency Center and the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The purpose of the project is to learn how food choice, genes, family and social factors come together to influence children’s healthy development. In the coming years we hope to provide information to parents, daycare providers, and policymakers about how to improve Illinois kids’ well-being.
STRONG Kids is a research study involving 400 families throughout central Illinois. Our goal is to work with our families for the next three years as a way to gain greater understanding of how food choices, genes, family and social factors can play a part in the health of young children as they grow. We do this through a combination of home visits, surveys, length/height and weight measurements and saliva and stool sampling. All of the information and samples are collected according to your family’s schedule.
What would be required of me?
Moms and babies who choose to participate will work with our trained research assistants at certain points of development. We will ask you to complete a survey six times, provide a saliva sample and one stool sample that you are able to collect by yourself in your own home. We will weigh and measure you at all the visits except for the week 1 visit. We also will visit you at home seven times over three years and will conduct a short food inventory at four of those visits.
What would be required of my baby/child?
We will ask to get length and weight measurements on your baby/child five times over three years. These are completed by a trained researcher at the home visit. Additionally, we will collect one saliva sample from your baby at six weeks, and ask you to collect a stool sample in preparation for each home visit. Full directions on how to do this quick and easy process will be provided.
Is this confidential? All data collected from the surveys, food inventory, genetic material, and measurements are strictly confidential and will be stored securely. The data will not be used outside of the research scope of the STRONG Kids project.
What if I change my mind? You may end your participation at any point in time.
Is there compensation for my time and participation? Yes, you will be compensated at the completion of each home visit with a gift card to a local merchant. You can earn up to $340 in gift cards.
STRONG Kids is actively recruiting expectant mothers in the third trimester.
Click on this link http://familyresiliency.illinois.edu/research/strong_kids_2.html to let us know you are interested!
Questions? Contact our Program Coordinator, Jen Themanson or Family Recruiter, Heather Jones at 217-244-5119 or firstname.lastname@example.org