Are You Participating in Food Allergy Awareness Week?
May 11-17 is Food Allergy Awareness Week 2014, and it’s your opportunity to step up, speak out, share and get involved. There are 15 million reasons to get involved in spreading the word about food allergy awareness. That’s how many Americans suffer with food allergies, a serious medical condition.
When the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (now called FARE) kicked off the first Food Allergy Awareness Week in 1998, the call to action was and continues to be:
- get involved in raising awareness
- educating others
- inspiring action
This is a special time to do your part in spotlighting food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Find out which of the five regional offices of FARE is nearest you and get in touch. See what activities are planned for Food Allergy Week and become a participant. Even if you simply want to learn more about food allergies and anaphylaxis, this is a great place to start. You can also find out about fundraising, volunteering and many other ways to get involved.
Make each day of Food Allergy Awareness Week a day to remember. Join the drive to educate and inspire people in your community, schools, businesses and even your own families to better understand and support the importance of food allergy awareness. Here is the Action Calendar with events and ‘calls-to-action’ for each day of this special week. Make an impact – get involved now.
Share the colorful, compelling infographic with friends, family and co-workers to help spread the word. You can also print out this 2014 Food Awareness Week Poster and other resources to post at work, school and community centers to help raise awareness about food allergies in children.
FARE has an education program called Be a PAL: Protect a Life From Food Allergies which helps kids learn how to be a good friend to children with allergies. Any child will benefit from this popular, year-round program, that helps to spread the word about food allergies and engenders greater awareness among peer groups.
Whether your child has just been diagnosed or you are an experienced food-allergy parent, you will discover extensive resources to guide you. Many discerning parents have found great success for their food allergic child in a procedure called OIT or Oral Immunotherapy. OIT can provide a long-term solution for peanut, milk, egg, tree nut and wheat allergic patients. It usually takes less than 6 months, and more than 80% of our patients who have been treated with OIT can now safely consume foods that once threatened their health.