Food Allergy Awareness Week provides a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Each of us works in our own way to raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. When we all work together and focus our efforts over the course of one week, it amplifies our message and reaches many more people than any one of us could do alone.
Thanks to your energy and dedication, this event continues to grow each year, increasing the reach of our public awareness and education efforts. There are many ways you can get involved this year.
FAACT's DRESS DOWN DAY for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS (logo attached)
Does your child attend a private school? Ask your school principal if they would participate in FAACT's Dress Down Day for Food Allergy Awareness where each student brings in $1 to be "out of uniform" for the day.
For any public or private school, ask your school principal if the students can wear "teal" during Food Allergy Awareness Week, and each student can donate $1 to help raise awareness for food allergies and anaphylaxis.
All proceeds will be donated to FAACT to further enhance our education programs. These are easy and fun ways to create food allergy awareness throughout the month of May.
FAACT's WALK AROUND THE BLOCK (logo attached)
Will your school walk to raise awareness? Ask your school principal if they would participate in FAACT's Walk Around the Block. The school can organize a fun walk around the block one day during Food Allergy Awareness Week for students and school personnel. Each person can donate $1 to walk.
FAACT's Food Allergy Awareness Week Proclamation Kit (PDF)
CHANGE for FAACT CAMPAIGN! (logo attached)
You can help make change for people living with food allergies through CHANGE FOR FAACT! It’s simple. Get your class or entire school to sponsor a CHANGE FOR FAACT coin drive, ask local restaurants and other businesses to place a jar up front, or canvass your neighborhood. While collecting coins, you can help spread awareness about food allergies. Just collecting your loose change at the end of the day will make a big difference! All donations will directly support FAACT’s education and advocacy programs.
Want to Join CHANGE for FAACT? Here’s what to do…
1. Set up an empty jar to collect loose change in a central place in your house and notify family members that you are collecting CHANGE FOR FAACT during the month of May. Ask them to participate by emptying loose change into the jar each day. At the end of the month, count the collected change and write a check payable to FAACT for that amount. You can also visit our Web site to make your donation. Don’t forget to take pictures of your change jar! Send them to Stacey.Stratton@FoodAllergyAwareness.org, and we will post them on FAACT's Facebook page.
2. Ask your classmates or school to participate in CHANGE FOR FAACT. Download free posters listed below under Additional Resources along with the Top 10 FAACTs about Food Allergies Poster and distribute them to teachers and classmates. Ask students to bring in spare change during the entire month of May. At the end of the month, collect all the change and write a check payable to FAACT for that amount. You can also visit our Web site to make your donation. Don’t forget to take pictures of all your change jars and the final total! Send them to Stacey.Stratton@FoodAllergyAwareness.org, and we will post them on our Facebook page.
3. Print FAACT's "Top 10 FAACTs about Food Allergies" Poster and take them with you on a walk around your neighborhood. Ask neighbors for loose change and spread the word about food allergies. Visit local restaurants and other businesses and ask them to put a donation jar at the cash register. At the end of May, count your collected change and write a check payable to FAACT for that amount. You can also visit our Web site to make your donation. Don’t forget to take pictures of your neighborhood drive in action! Send them to Stacey.Stratton@FoodAllergyAwareness.org, and we will post them on our Facebook page.
Host a fundraiser. Simple activities you can organize in your community include a:
Educate yourself to become a better advocate for yourself and others:
Educate school personnel with 'FAACTs for Schools' program. 'FAACTs for Schools' contains an overview of food allergies including current best practices based on the Centers for Disease Control’s “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools”. With a pretest, post evaluation and complete talking points, this presentation can be used by parents or educators to educate school personnel nationwide.
Share a reminder each day during morning announcements (grade appropriate). Examples:
Always wash hands.
Don’t share food.
Get help if a food allergic friend feels sick.
Educate the student body (age appropriate): Empowering Kids
Set up food allergy educational stations throughout schools and in office buildings.*
Teachers can read food allergy books to their students, or have the class participate in an activity.*
Librarian’s can read and have available food allergy related books to check out.
Order a shipment of FREE educational books to distribute among educators within your school and/or district.
NEA's Food Allergy Book: What School Employees Need to Know (download for free).
A simple statement can be enough to change the way one thinks about food allergies and anaphylaxis. It all starts with education!
Simply copy, paste, and share one fact each day - via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more! Request family members & friends to participate by sharing your status! Include FAACT’s website information after each fact to encourage viewers to learn more: www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org, and include FAACT's Twitter handle @FAACTNews and hashtags #FAACT and #foodallergy.
Twitter: #FoodAllergies affect approximately 15 million Americans, including 6 million children. #FAACT #foodallergy www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org
Facebook: Food Allergies affect approximately 15 million Americans, including 6 million children. #FAACT #foodallergy #foodallergies #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org
Twitter: There is no cure for #foodallergies. Strict avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction. #FAACT #foodallergy www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org
Facebook: There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction. #FAACT #foodallergy #foodallergies #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org
Twitter: #FoodAllergy is NOT a food intolerance. #FoodAllergies involve immune system (IgE) & can be life-threatening. #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org%20
Facebook: A food allergy is NOT the same as food intolerance, i.e. intolerance to lactose, gluten sensitivity, or Celiac Disease (an autoimmune gastrointestinal disorder, IgA/IgG). Food allergies involve the immune system (IgE) and can be life-threatening. #FAACT #foodallergy #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org
Twitter: #Anaphylaxis is a serious #allergic reaction that comes on quickly & has potential 2 become life-threatening. #FAACT #foodallergy #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org
Facebook: Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that comes on quickly & has potential 2 become life-threatening. #FAACT #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org
Twitter: Prompt administration of #epinephrine is crucial 2 surviving a potentially life-threating #allergic rx. Always carry 2 epinephrine devices!
Facebook: Prompt administration of epinephrine is crucial to surviving a potentially life-threating reaction. Always carry two (2) auto-injectable epinephrine devices with you, and know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction. #FAACT #foodallergy #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org
Twitter: Past #reactions to a #foodallergy do not predict future reactions! You can still have a life-threatening rx to a #food U R #allergic to.
Facebook: Past reactions to a food allergy do not predict future reactions! You can still have a life-threatening reaction to a food you are allergic to, even if you have never had a serious reaction before. #FAACT #foodallergy #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org
Twitter: Eating away from home can significantly increase #risk 4 individuals w/#foodallergies. Learn how to reduce your risk when #diningout. #FAACT
Facebook: Eating away from home can significantly increase risk for individuals with food allergies. Learn how to reduce your risk when dining out. #FAACT #foodallergy #diningout #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org