Family and Consumer Sciences

US, State Teen Pregnancy Rates Trend Down, Remain High

Vivianna Pardini was 15 years old when she got pregnant. Three months into her pregnancy, she heard about Marana High School's Teenage Parent Program, or TAPP.

TAPP is a day care center tucked away in a corner of Marana High. It provides care to babies and toddlers when their teen parents, mainly moms, are in U.S. history and geometry classes. But it's far more than a day care facility. TAPP is where young people like Pardini learn how to be parents.

UA Professor Aims to Shift Consumer Landscape

Sharing Tribes promotes lending and borrowing over buying. It involves "taking the science of retailing and applying it to the practice of sharing," Anita Bhappu says.

Share, don't buy. That's the motive driving a soon-to-launch, community-based software program called Sharing Tribes.

Anita Bhappu, a University of Arizona associate professor of retailing and consumer sciences, serves as the chief scientific officer for Sharing Tribes LLC, which is launching a mobile app to enter beta testing come January.

UA Global Retailing Conference Announces 2014 Presenters

The University of Arizona's Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing has announced its 2014 Global Retailing Conference lineup of presenters, which includes UA alumnus Lundgren, CEO of Macy's, and Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

With a theme of "Ignite the Customer Experience," the conference presentations will focus on how retailers engage customers in their brands and enhance the shopping experience through innovation, technology and techniques for meeting evolving consumer preferences.

UA Experts Collaborate to Reduce Disease-Triggering Inflammation

Stress – we all face it in this super-charged society we live in.

Left unchecked, stress can cause inflammation in the body, which can bring on depression, heart disease, cancer and a host of physical and emotional ailments.

Experts in medical, behavioral and family sciences at the University of Arizona are teaming up to better understand the effects of inflammation – and how to manage it.

UA Global Retailing Conference Announces 2013 Presenters

The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing has announced its 2013 lineup of presenters – including Macy's CEO Terry J. Lundgren and fashion designer Tory Burch. The presenters will focus on new ways that leading retail and fashion brands are engaging customers and encouraging advocacy.

Among the speakers are senior executives from Bloomingdale's, Clarins, Costco, Facebook, The Hudson's Bay Company, Iconix Brands, SonyPlaystation and Walmart.

UA Study: Could Your Relationship Be Contributing to Your Weight Gain?

The obesity epidemic in the United States has been linked to a number of factors – environmental, political, economic. One University of Arizona researcher now is looking at how a person's relationship with his or her romantic partner might also play a role.

Emily Butler, associate professor of family studies and human development, is leading a study that looks at how certain relationship dynamics in romantic couples might lead to unhealthy habits and ultimately unwanted weight gain.

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