Did you know that 1 in every 13 children has a food allergy. That’s two in every classroom. Or that 8 foods account for 90% of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. And every 3 min, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER – that’s more than 200,000 visits per year.
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Food Allergy Awareness Week 2013
This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week, a week dedicated to promoting education and awareness for those who live with food allergies.
Celebrate this week educating family, friends, teachers, school administrators, coaches, and anyone who is in frequent contact with children about food allergies and what they can do to help keep our children safe and alive.
Below are a few resources to help get you started andget involved in Food Allergy Awareness Week this year!
FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) offers several resources to help you get involved in the food allergy community and encourage others to help spread the word as well. Some of these resources include; information on how to create a Food Allergy Action Plan, posters to share at schools and team sports Food Allergy Awareness Poster (8.5×11) Food Allergy Awareness Week Poster (11×17), Bookmarks to share with schools and friends, and information on How to Read a Label.
In addition to the many resources to help you spread the word about food allergies in your community, FARE has shared some wonderful activities to help you get involved in Food Allergy Awareness Week virtually. Check them out here!
Food Allergy Buzz Annual Twitter Party
Jennifer from Food Allergy Buzz will be hosting the 4th annual FAAW Twitter party on Thursday at 7:00 PM EST. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with others in the online food allergy community LIVE, plus you could win a prize from one of the many party sponsors including; Collette Martin, Enjoy Life Foods, FABLogCon, Onespot Allergy, Peanut Free Planet, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Sarah Todd Origami Owl, Shirley Plant, Surf Sweets, and Tasterie.
You can view the twitter party invitation here. I’ll be there so be sure to say ‘Hi!’.
About Food Allergy Awareness Week
In 1998, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, now FARE, created Food Allergy Awareness Week to educate others about food allergies, a potentially life-threatening medical condition.
For more information on food allergies and what you can do to help, please visit the Food Allergy Research and Education website.
Do you have someone close to you living with food allergies? What are you doing to help spread the word about food allergies?