Category Archives: Research

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    Food pantries, healthy food, and communities

    Posted on June 2, 2015 by in Blog, Harnett County, Lee County, Research, Wake County

    By Dr. Sarah Bowen A lot of the mothers we interviewed have told us that food pantries are an important way that they make sure that they have enough food for their families. They are not alone; since the 1980s, the number of local food banks and food pantries has increased dramatically. Today, more than […]

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    What’s in a number?

    Posted on March 31, 2015 by in Blog, Research

    by Sinikka Elliott The BMI (which stands for Body Mass Index) is a commonly used number these days. But what does it measure? What information does it provide? The BMI is a measure of the ratio of weight to height. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in […]

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    Broadening the Concept of Family Meals

    Posted on October 10, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Sinikka Elliott Last month the VIA research team published a research article about how difficult preparing family meals can be for mothers of young children, who face time and money constraints as well as the challenges of trying to please picky palates. We were surprised by the attention the article received. It seems we […]

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    Cooking Can Be Complicated

    Posted on September 12, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Sarah Bowen Recently, several members of the VIA team published our first article based on our research.  We have gotten a lot of attention in the news media – and some controversy. In the article, we talk about the pressures that mothers face in cooking and feeding their families on a daily basis.  Lately, […]

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    Turning the Tables on Talking About Food

    Posted on September 5, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Josephine McKelvy One researcher’s experience as a participant highlights how easy it is to feel judged and what can be done to build trust so that we can turn voices into action. Last year when we were visiting with moms on grocery shopping trips or doctor’s appointments, it was easy to wonder how we […]

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    What’s in Store for Year 3

    Posted on July 25, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Lilly O’Connell As we rounded the bend of the year’s halfway point, the VIA research team took to the field for the next set of our interviews, reconnecting with the mothers and grandmothers we interviewed in the first year of our project. During the first half of this year, we worked hard to incorporate […]

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    Reflections on Connecting Community Outreach and Research

    Posted on June 27, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Josephine McKelvy In the midst of all of our preparations for the next round of interviews and wrapping up our community celebrations in Harnett, Lee, and Wake County, have we forgotten to give back to the community? These past few months have flown by in a flurry of community celebrations! Our weekly meetings show […]

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    Year 3 Interviews Starting Soon!

    Posted on June 20, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    by Sinikka Elliott We are getting ready to start a new round of interviewing with the mothers and grandmothers who so generously gave of their time and knowledge in the first year of the project (2012).  The research team has been busy developing interview and survey questions and working through logistics. In fact, it has […]

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    Time Keeps on Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’: Perceptions of Time among Researchers and Families

    Posted on January 10, 2014 by in Blog, Research

    By Josephine McKelvy (with Sinikka Elliott) Now that our time tagging along with families has wrapped up, we have started mulling over what we have learned from spending time in people’s homes, as well as going along with them as they shopped for food and took their children to school and various appointments.  One unexpected […]

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    Hungry Families Need More Support

    Posted on October 25, 2013 by in Blog, Research

    by Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliott According to the USDA, almost 18 million American households are food insecure, meaning that they don’t have the food they need to live a healthy life. As part of an ongoing research project, we’ve had the opportunity to talk with lots of families with young children in North Carolina […]

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