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Blog Entries - 2014

Holiday Safety Tips for Food Allergies

by Stacey Stratton, Guest BloggerCourtesy of Peanut-Free Zone Holiday gatherings are usually filled with family, friends – and food. Keep the fun and avoid potential dangers with these tips from Stacey Stratton, food allergy author and blogger. Dinner read more …

What Are You Thankful For?

by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President & CEO Dear Friends of FAACT, What are you thankful for this year? I am thankful for all of you – my food allergy and anaphylaxis family, as well as FAACT’s team. We are all affected by and read more …

"I Am Living the Dream!"

by Katherine Schug, FAACT Teen Advisory Council Member During FAACT’s Teen Conference in Chicago two weeks ago, I learned about self-empowerment and “rewriting my script.” I started the magical weekend with a powerful presentation from read more …

Halloween with Food Allergies

by Natascia Simone, FAACT College/Young Adult Advisory Council Hello Everyone! It’s that time of year again! The time of year that is meant for apple picking, pumpkin carving, but most importantly, Trick-or-Treating! Halloween is this week, and it is read more …

Join Kyle Dine at FAACT's Teen Conference in Chicago, October 24-26th!

Kyle Dine knows food allergies. He is allergic to peanut, tree nuts, egg, and mustard. He turned his life-threatening food allergies into a career in music and education, working to empower youth and pass along the message that food allergies are manageable. read more …

Food Allergy Bloggers Conference: When What Happens In Vegas Must Not Stay In Vegas!

There’s the brilliant Las Vegas marketing slogan, “What Happens in Vegas Must Stay In Vegas!” and then there’s the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. What we learned, the encouragement that touched our hearts, and the strong bonds of read more …

Dating with Food Allergies

By Natascia Simone, FAACT College/Young Adult Council Member How many of you (or your teens) are afraid to talk about food allergies with a person you just started dating? I think almost everyone is raising their hand to that question. It’s true! read more …

FAACT CEO Excited To Share Our Food Allergy Conferences with YOU!

FAACT’s upcoming Food Allergy Conferences provide a full day of educational sessions led by leading medical professionals and food allergy advocates. Each conference offers education and support for parents, grandparents, school personnel, read more …

Traveling with Food Allergies

by Natascia Simone, FAACT Youth/College Advisory Member Hello everyone. It has been a while since I have posted a blog, but that’s because I was out of the country for almost two months! What a rewarding experience. I had the opportunity to study read more …

FAACT is Proud to Introduce AllergyHome: Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness and Education Resources for the Entire School Community

by Michael Pistiner MD, MMSc When our children get on the bus or get dropped of for school we rely on our school communities to care for their safety and self esteems.  Managing food allergies and anaphylaxis in school is critical.  Effective food read more …

Introducing Sloane Miller, Allergic Girl

by Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSWAuthor of Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies (Wiley, 2011) I was born with food allergies. I developed asthma, environmental allergies, and eczema in childhood. Currently, I successfully manage read more …

Vacationing WITHOUT your Food-Allergic Kids? Basic tips can make this possibility a reality!

By Guest Blogger, Daniella Knell, Smart Allergy~Friendly Education (SAFE)  Vacationing with food-allergic kids can be challenging; at times, daunting. However, can you imagine going without them? Trusting others to make sure they don't eat read more …

Dining Out with Food Allergies

by Natascia Simone, FAACT College/Young Adult Council Member Food Allergy Awareness Week was a great success! I posted flyers all around my town in different restaurants and schools. I also was given the opportunity to speak to a middle school about food read more …

5 Reasons to Join a Food Allergy Support Group

by Rachel Hayden, FAACT-recognized Support Group Leader / No Nuts Moms Group Food allergies can be extremely overwhelming. I haven’t met anyone with close ties to food allergies who could honestly say that it wasn’t stressful at some point. I read more …

Patient Advocacy Groups Unite in Support of Those with Rare Eosinophil-Associated Diseases

New Coalition Launches during National Eosinophil Awareness Week (Atlanta, GA)  -- To support patients of eosinophil-associated diseases and to advance key issues of importance to this population, patient advocacy groups from around the world have read more …

Living With Food Allergies - Food Allergy Awareness Week!

by Natascia Simone, FAACT College/Young Adult Council Member In celebration of “Food Allergy Awareness Week,” I am introducing my new blog and promoting FAAW in my community. My name is Natascia Simone, and I am competing for Miss Connecticut in read more …

Time to Wear Teal!

By Emery Gewirtz, FAACT Teen Advisory Council MemberAllergic to dairy, fish, and shellfish          Pretty soon my wardrobe will consist of a lot of teal. Yes, of course, I mean that I will be sporting the read more …

How Are You Celebrating Food Allergy Awareness Week?

By Kristen Rutter, Food Allergy Blogger and Group Leader of No Nuts Moms Group of Cleveland Food Allergy Awareness Week is right around the corner. We should all be marking our calendars for May 11th through the 17th. I know that for most of us, this week is read more …

Living a Sweet Life With Food Allergies

By Lori Sandler, Founder of Divvies A revised excerpt from The Divvies Bakery Cookbook – NO NUTS, NO EGGS, NO DAIRY – Just Delicious!(St. Martin’s Press) Celebrations bring friends and family together.  Everyone bearing tins and read more …

Let's Go Nuts!

Posted on: March 18, 2014 11:30 am
Tags: Education, Food-allergy, Anaphylaxis, Allergy-awareness, Blog, Food-allergy-blog, Support, Kyledine,
By Kyle Dine, Musician and Food-Allergy Advocate Hey friends at FAACT! I wouldn’t consider myself a trendsetter, but I was probably one of the first to be wearing a bright neon fanny pack in the 1980s. That’s when I was first diagnosed with read more …

Finding Food Allergy Answers in Traditional Chinese Medicine

By Yael Kozar, Food Allergy Advocate If you are interested in complementary and alternative therapies, you may want to read Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure, by Henry Ehrlich. The bookdescribes the work read more …

Food Allergy Bloggers Conference: A great event for everyone living with and writing about food allergies

by Jenny Sprague Planning is underway for the Second Annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, which will be held again in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel and Casino September 26-28, 2014. We were so pleased with the outpouring of support we received read more …

Nut Free Wok: Allergy Aware Asian Fare

Posted on: February 6, 2014 7:00 pm
Tags: Food-allergy, Allergy-awareness, Anaphylaxis, Education, Recipes, Food, Asian-fare, Nutfree-wok,
By Sharon Wong I am proud to share with FAACT my new blog, “Nut Free Wok: Allergy Aware Asian Fare." As a food allergy mom since 2006, the one thing I kept hearing from fellow parents is, “If there is one thing I really miss, it’s Asian read more …

Take Heart: You CAN Celebrate Valentine's Day with Food Allergies

Posted on: February 4, 2014 1:00 pm
Tags: Education, Food-allergy, Allergy-awareness, Anaphylaxis, Holiday, Valentines-day,
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, which generally means classroom parties and candy. For kids with food allergies, it can also mean danger – and a learning experience. Nicole Smith, FAACT Vice President of Government Relations, found that being a read more …

Building the FAACT Family

Posted on: January 22, 2014 6:00 pm
Tags: Welcome, Education, Food-allergy, Anaphylaxis, Allergy-awareness,
By Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT Founder and CEO Since my son Thomas was diagnosed with food allergies almost 10 years ago, I've been blessed to make connections with families across the country living with food allergies. We helped each other cope with the read more …