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Blog Entries - tag: 'Advocacy'

How Do You Celebrate Food Allergy Awareness Month?

The entire month of May is Food Allergy Awareness Month with the bulk of the activities and special events taking place during Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 14-20, 2017. When we hear about food allergy awareness week proclamations from our local and state read more …

Allergy Sufferer vs. Allergy Advocate – Empowering Our Kids to Take Charge of Their Challenges

by Daniella Knell April is one of my favorite times of year because I am prepping to present food allergy awareness classes during Food Allergy Awareness Week in May. As my kids get older and older, my focus switches to getting them and their food allergy read more …

Traveling with Food Allergies

by William Antony, FAACT Teen Advisory Council Member When asked to write a blog about living with multiple, life-threatening food allergies from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy, I jumped at the chance. There are so many misconceptions about food read more …

Allergy-Friendly Ways for Celebrating Valentine’s Day

by Stacey Stratton and Cindy Gordon The spread of teal at Halloween is helping provide allergy-friendly options for children with food allergies. With your help, food allergy awareness can be brought to other holidays too! Valentine’s day has lots of read more …

How to Effectively Communicate with your Child’s Teacher and School Administration When Managing Food Allergies

by Kristin Osborne, Founder of Virginia Food Allergy Advocates When it comes to managing food allergies at school, it is important to articulate your child’s needs at the earliest opportunity, and with thought and preparation. You are your child's read more …

KALÉO Announces AUVI-Q Will Return on Valentine's Day with New AffordAbility Access Program

AUVI-Q will be available by prescription nationwide on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2017! Kaléo launches AUVI-Q AffordAbility, a first-of-its-kind access program and commitment for AUVI-Q: o More than 200 million Americans with commercial insurance, read more …

Increasing Allergy Safety while Enjoying Allergy-Friendly Sweets

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT’s Publications Manager The holidays are made for celebrating, and this usually includes lots of food and fun! Here are some of FAACT’s reminders and tips, as you prepare for the holiday season. Read EVERY Label EVERY read more …

10 Important Safety Reminders for Celebrating the Holidays from FAACT

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT's Publications Manager The holidays are approaching, and can bring your family party invites and travel plans. Here are some food allergy safety reminders to help you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Remind your child read more …

FAACT Sponsored Another Fabulous FABlogCon in Denver!

Just last weekend food allergy caregivers, advocates, food allergy bloggers and more gathered to unite together at The Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Denver, Colorado. The first FAB Conference was held in 2013 and has quickly become one of the most read more …

TIPS to Create a Safe & TEAL Halloween

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT’s Publications Manager Teal Pumpkins are such a great way to include children with food allergies and help them enjoy a “safe” and happy Halloween. Besides helping children with food allergies, it’s also read more …

5 Creative Ways to Teach Children about Food Allergies

by Kyle Dine I remember when I was in elementary school, some of my close friends and classmates knew I had food allergies, but they likely didn’t know what exactly that meant. There weren’t too many kid-friendly resources back then to bring the read more …

Back-to-School Tips to Help Create a Safer and Smoother Transition into the New School Year

by Stacey Stratton, FAACT Publications Manager When your child has food allergies, the start of a new school year can seem scary. It might feel overwhelming as you’re trying to gather different resources and think of questions to ask. Here are some read more …

Food Allergy Friends: Cultivating Your Support Network

by Tami PylesIt was the 101st day of kindergarten, my daughter came home in tears because no one sat with her at the peanut-free table that day. It has happened only once, but I remember it vividly. I felt so helpless and sad for her. We talked a lot that read more …

How to Empower Kids & Have Fun in the Kitchen

by Sharon Wong I am honored to share with you a few ideas about how to empower kids with food allergies by teaching them how to cook and learn some practical skills to manage their food allergies.    I was an elementary school teacher before read more …

Prioritizing Self-Care in a Busy Food Allergy World

by Kristin Osborne The month of May is special because it honors moms across the country on Mother’s Day. It is even more special to me because I'm “Mom” to three boys with multiple life-threatening food allergies. In our world, daily life read more …

Managing Food Allergies at the Office

by Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSWThe office environment can be a complex terrain for those of us with food allergies. We have to navigate the waters of the Kurig machine, the tables of food at birthdays and celebrations, and the inquiries about ordering in or read more …

Advocating Made Simple – Small Steps to Creating a Safer World

by Daniella Knell ‘Food Allergy Awareness Week, 2005’ lit a food allergy advocacy fire in me which I didn’t know existed. At the time, I was living in Utah and the local food allergy network group had put out a request to all members asking read more …

What I Wish Every Teenager Knew

by Brianna Hobbs Last November, I attended the Food Allergy Blogger Conference in Denver. During the opening ceremony, we had a moment of silence for those who had died from adverse food allergy reactions over the past year. During the moment of silence, we read more …

Caregivers and Food Allergies: How to Enjoy Your Time Away

by Tami Pyles The words “date night” for most parents evoke feelings of excitement and romance, but when you are the parents of a child with food allergies, leaving your little one for the evening can be downright scary. Placing your child in the read more …

FAACT Initiatives for 2016

by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President & CEOHappy New Year! I am so excited to be starting 2016 with FAACT’s leadership team and all of you. FAACT had a successful 2015, and we are excited about the programs and initiatives we have planned for 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …