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Blog Entries - tag: 'Food-allergies'

Do You Know How to Navigate through FAACT’s Education Resource Center?

by Cindy Gordon, FAACT’s Communication Manager Did you know that FAACT has a HUGE, FREE printable resource section on their website? And, ALL of the resources and programs are FREE and downloadable for print! Wondering what you can find in this read more …

Risk-Taking and Teens with Food Allergies

by Tiffany deSilva, MSW, LSW When you were a teenager, did your mother ever ask you the age-old question, “If all of your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump, too?” If adolescents answered this question truthfully, their answer would be, read more …

The Food Allergy Parent’s #1 Back-to-School Tool: Educate, Educate, Educate!

by Alison Grace Johansen If you’re a food allergy parent like me, you’re undoubtedly in full back-to-school preparation mode. You’ve probably been planning for quite a while now. Whether we’ve already had meetings with the school or read more …

How Can Parents Best Partner with a School to Insure Their Child’s Food Allergies are Managed Safely and Successfully?

For anyone sending a child off to school, it can be exciting, worrisome and challenging, especially when your child has a food allergy. Most parents are focused on the educational aspects of their child’s school, full of questions about teacher-student read more …

Why Should Your Child Wear A Medical ID?

Does your food allergic child wear a medical ID? Here is the importance and positives of why they should. We have our emergency action plan, a trusted allergist, and always carry two epinephrine auto injectors. All this preparedness is key to keeping our read more …

Is Your Child Off to College?

by Caroline Moassessi College acceptances are complete and now it is peanut-treenut-milk-egg-wheat-soy-fish-shellfish free and other allergens crunch time! The pedal is about to hit the metal and the last twelve years of learning, growing and empowering will read more …

Celebrating Safely

by Tami PylesIt happens frequently at our house - a brightly colored envelope arrives in the mailbox or spills out of a school bag. I know exactly what it is before my daughter rips into it- another party invitation. Excitement ensues as my child reads the read more …

Food-Free Mother's Day

by Tracy Bush, Nutrimom - Food Allergy Liaison Mother’s Day - the single day of the year when mom should be spoiled, pampered, fussed over and made to feel as if her feet should not touch the ground. All mothers love to feel treasured but what happens 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 …

If Emergency Strikes, Will You Be Prepared?

By Tami Pyles We stared at the TV watching the ominous red blob inch closer and closer to our area. There was no doubt a major storm was headed our way. The weatherman encouraged everyone to take cover and prepare for a long evening with potentially damaging read more …

How to Thank a Food Allergy Caregiver

by Rachel Hayden, Author of Mom vs. Food Allergy Blog and Support Group Leader Raising a child with food allergies cannot be done alone. It just can’t. Without having a tribe of caring friends and caregivers surrounding you, keeping a 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 …

EVERYTHING CHOWDER (Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy, Peanut & Tree Nut-Free; Top-8-Free)

by Megan, Owner of AllergyAwesomeness.com It has been in the single digits here in Utah and saying I hate the cold is a complete understatement. The one way I try to stay warm is with lots of hot cocoa, staying inside whenever absolutely possible and read more …

New Guidelines Show How to Introduce Peanut-containing Foods to Reduce Allergy Risk

From American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (January 5, 2017) – The wait is over for parents who’ve been wanting to know how and when to introduce peanut-containing foods to their 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’s Teal Pumpkin Painting Party with Miss Haven County

by Natascia Simone, Miss Haven County 2017 and FAACT Advocate Halloween is TODAY, and the food allergy community would love to be in on the fun! As Miss New Haven County, I, Natascia Simone, am part of the Miss America Scholarship Organization and my read more …

A Look Inside Pure Delicious

by Heather Christo, Pure Delicious Reprinted from Pure Delicious by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books/Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016, Heather Christo When you have a child with food 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 …

Picnic Food Panic

by Tracy Bush, Nutrimom June is the wonderful time of year when the cold weather finally leaves us and our days are filled with fun, sun and food. How many of us begin to pack up our picnic baskets or join others for a cookout or barbeque? Food is the 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 …

Awesomeness with Megan's Minestrone

by Megan, Owner of AllergyAwesomeness.com We all have days where we would NEVER want company to see what we’re eating for dinner. Those nights where you’re having cold cereal in your sweats, or some leftovers you’re not sure how long 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 …

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 …