Category Archives: Research

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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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    WIC in NC: A researcher’s perspective

    Posted on October 11, 2013 by in Blog, Research

    By Josephine McKelvy It’s been seven years since I redeemed my last WIC voucher, coincidentally also in October. I still remember the tedious check-out process at the grocery store each month. Did we get the right kind of cheese? Is this the right amount of cereal? What are we going to do with yet another bag […]

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  • The Voices of Mothers in Southeast Raleigh

    Posted on April 30, 2013 by in Blog, Research, Wake County

    by Joslyn Brenton and Rachel Powell In 2012, the Voices into Action research team conducted 43 in-depth interviews with African American and Latina mothers and grandmothers in Southeast Raleigh. Our goal was to better understand the successes they experience and the challenges they face when it comes to feeding their children and keeping them healthy. […]

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