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Blog Entries - 2015

Making the Holidays Sweeter & Safer

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT's Publication ManagerWith the Holidays quickly approaching, you might be searching for allergy-friendly ideas to bake or take to family gatherings. I’ve rounded up some helpful ways you can make the holidays sweeter & read more …

Preparing for the Holidays with Food Allergies

Guest Blog for The National Peanut Board by Eleanor Garrow-Holding Eleanor Garrow-Holding, president & CEO of FAACT, shares her tips on traveling and eating in/out while successfully managing food allergies during this holiday season.  Holiday read more …

A New Holiday Tradition

by Tanya O'Brien Why is it that so many holiday traditions center around food? Hot chocolate after sled riding or caroling. Baking and exchanging Christmas cookies. Family dinners, both for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, start a new family read more …

How Halloween is Opening the Door to Food Allergy Awareness

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT's Publications ManagerThis year, it’s not just the trick-or-treaters knocking, but opportunity is knocking too. Teal pumpkins are popping up on porches nationwide. Media, retail, and businesses are beginning to take notice and read more …

Keeping It Fun with Food Allergies

by Keeley McGuireI often think we as food allergy parents take things harder than our children do. We worry for them, cry for them, fight for them. There are times I get upset if she’s left out of an event at school, while my daughter just shrugs her read more …

Educating Children About Food Allergies - Four Key Points

by Kyle Dine Gradually give more info It’s important that children know that allergic reactions are dangerous. But it’s important to be careful how much info you provide given the child’s age. Sometimes saying that you would “need read more …

Back to School Means Accurate Food Allergy Diagnosis and Management

LivingWithFoodAllergies.org serves as a resource to those seeking education and support Eleanor Garrow Holding, president & CEO of FAACT, shares her perspective on the purpose and importance of developing a proper food allergy diagnosis and management read more …

Talk Time

There is an amazing phenomenon that takes place in our food allergy world. A parent can advocate to a large room of people, inspire them to be part of the solution, and make an astounding difference. Place this parent in a small room face-to-face with a care read more …

What Camp TAG Means to Me

As I ended my fifth year at Camp TAG, three of my campers ran up behind me to give me a hug. “See you next year, Emery!” one girl shouted as we embraced. I smiled, because a year wouldn’t really be that long. A year is not long when the read more …

My Camp TAG Experience

When my Mom told me about Camp TAG in Big Bear, California, I was excited to go to a summer camp where my worries about my food allergies wouldn’t go to camp with me. On my first day at camp, I met many new and interesting people. I met kids with food read more …

College and Food Allergies

by Elyse HahneExcitement is in the air as college is in the mind of many high school seniors. The thought of high school almost over is a huge accomplishment and college seems so far away. Being away from parents is just an idea and then BOOM! It hits you read more …

Eleanor Garrow-Holding Honored for Commitment to Health Care and Nonprofits

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honored Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT founder and its current President & CEO, as a 2015-2016 Woman of the Year. The group recognized Eleanor with this distinction for her leadership in the healthcare read more …

Three Tips for Surviving the Summer with Food Allergies

by Lauren Kossack I’ve always loved summer, but now that I’m a mom with school-aged children, my love for summer has grown as I cherish the time I get to spend with my boys. Each day is filled with so many possibilities. I love sitting around the read more …

Take A Vacation With Food Allergies, Not From Them

by Tracy Bush  I think it’s safe to say that if you mention the word “vacation” to a food allergy parent, most of them will immediately get that deer-in-headlights look. For most parents of kids with food allergies, taking a vacation read more …

When Embracing Positivity is Hard

by Kathy Thornburg I am all in favor of promoting positivity when it comes to living with food allergies. I don't want for my son to feel his life is limited or that he has less worth because of his medical and dietary needs. That is why I strive to have fun read more …

New Campaign Aims to Bring Awareness to Accurate Food Allergy Diagnosis, Management

Q&A with Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President & CEO Last week, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) and American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) launched a new public service campaign aimed at building read more …

New FAACT and ACAAI Campaign Seeks to Close the Gap on Food Allergy Diagnosis and Management Awareness

by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President & CEO Food allergy management is in the news and discussed on social media more than ever. That’s good news for people living with food allergies, because the more friends and family members they have read more …

Protecting Children's Lives . . . One Meal at a Time

By Grennan Sims, RD, LDDistrict Dietitian, Hickman Mills C-1 School DistrictKansas City, MO In school kitchens across America, nutrition professionals read and re-read hundreds of food labels. They practice and implement cross-contact prevention strategies read more …

Celebrating with Food Allergies: Happy Easter!

by Sherri A. Svrcek, MA At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is they are usually married to each other.  -Ann Landers It is inevitable. Life will go on, even after a food read more …

Love Remembers Day: What It Means For All

A little over 10 years ago, I remember being a happy mom, feeling so fortunate to have my three children. My oldest had asthma concerns in his younger years but had stabilized well and life seemed good. Suddenly, in an instant, things got scary, very scary. read more …

A Family Vacation - and A Lesson in Hospitality

by Sue Harrison Our family vacation was planned for February, and all I could think about was, “How can I travel to Mexico with a cumin recall? What will Dante eat on the flights since we have a layover?” My mind was filled with questions as I read more …

Do You Hesitate?

by Sarah HoskinsonI am a creature of habit and routine. It simplifies life, knowing exactly what to expect each and every day. Some people may call this boring, but I call it secure and tranquil. The people who are regularly involved in my kids’ lives read more …

Finding Safe and Healthy Ways To Feed Your Child with Food Allergies

Once a food allergy is diagnosed, parents often feel panicked and struggle with finding safe foods to feed their child. Safety becomes the number one concern, and rightfully so. To stay safe, parents tend to be extremely cautious, which can lead to an overly read more …

Grocery Shopping with Food Allergies

by Natascia Simone, FAACT Young Adult/College Advisory Council Hello, everyone! I am back at school for my last semester of college! Time truly flies by, especially when I am always planning. Planning what I am going to eat has become a part of my life, and read more …

FAACT Initiatives for 2015

Happy New Year! I am so excited to be starting 2015 with FAACT’s extended leadership team. These talented professionals and dedicated activists will expand our education, communication, and marketing abilities, which is critical to achieving our mission read more …