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FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS DURING THE MONTH OF MAY

FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK
May 12-18, 2019

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.

Download our FAACT's Food Allergy Awareness Week Proclamation Kit (PDF). This toolkit will provide you with all the resources you may need to have your Mayor/Governor proclaim May 12-18, 2019, as Food Allergy Awareness Week in your city and/or state. Visit our FAAW Proclamation page for more details.

If you participate in any of our awareness initiatives below and want to send your tax-deductible donations to us, please mail a check made out to FAACT and send to:

FAACT
c/o (the name of the awareness initiative below)
P.O. Box 511
West Chester, OH 45071

If you want to send us a donation online, please visit our Donate page. Click on "Other", enter the amount, and enter the name of the awareness initiative in the "Reason" box. 

FAACT thanks you for your support in raising awareness on behalf of all individuals affected by food allergy and life-threatening anaphylaxis!

FAACT's DRESS DOWN DAY for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS with Red Sneakers for Oakley

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 can 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...and year-round!

FAACT's WALK AROUND THE BLOCK with Red Sneakers for Oakley

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 and share the funds raised with FAACT to further our education and advocacy initiatives. Your sneakers were made for walking!

CHANGE for FAACT CAMPAIGN!

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 Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org, and we will post them on FAACT's Facebook page.

2.  Ask your classmates or school to participate in CHANGE FOR FAACTDownload free posters listed below under Additional Resources along with the 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.

3. Print FAACT's 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. 

Additional resources:
Print FAACT's "Newly Diagnosed with Food Allergies" Poster.
Print FAACT's "Preventing Cross-Contact" Poster.

Know the FAACTS

Other Food Allergy Awareness Activities and Tools:

  • Introduce your students to common food allergens and safety protocols while encouraging empathy for classmates with a food allergy. Share FAACT's Food Allergy Curricula Program for Schools with the teacher-designed PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, and activities in this free curriculum. 
  • FAACT bookmarks & posters to share with family, friends, and school personnel. It’s an easy – and useful – way to share important information about food allergies. Order your FAACT Bookmarks & Posters today to be shipped in time for FAAW!
  • Change your Profile and Cover photos on social media to FAACT's Share the FAACTs and Know the FAACTs' for Food Allergy Awareness Week/Month.
  • Raise awareness in your community and send a press release to your local newspaper and/or schedule a radio interview. Not sure where to start? Download FAACT’s 2019 press release and personalize it for your community and/or schedule a radio interview.
  • Request a proclamation from your governor or local elected official(s). Arrange for a public signing and/or photo opportunity and share the event with local media (papers, TV, radio, etc.).
  • Print out and distribute FAACT’s Resources Flyer in your community. Encourage local allergist and pediatrician’s office to distribute the flyer to their patients. Encourage school professionals, healthcare professionals, restaurant & food service personnel, family, teens, and friends to distribute the flyer throughout their networks.
  • Use social media to educate your friends and family about food allergies and anaphylaxis. See FAACT’s messages below for each day under “Share the FAACTs”.
  • Post a blog about Food Allergy Awareness Week.
  • Start a food allergy support group! Visit FAACT’s support group development Web page to get started.

Host a fundraiser. Simple activities you can organize in your community include a:

  • Car wash
  • Local food allergy walk
  • Book sale
  • Raise $1 a day to donate to FAACT to further our education and advocacy efforts

Educate yourself to become a better advocate for yourself and others:

FAACT's Food Allergy Curricula Program for Schools

How Can Schools and Communities Get Involved?

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.

  • 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. 


Train Your School Staff with the Following Tools:

Share the FAACTs!

Share the FAACTs!

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.

  • Day One: 

    Twitter: #FoodAllergy is NOT a food intolerance. #FoodAllergies involve immune system (IgE) & can be life-threatening. #FAAW #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    Facebook: A #FoodAllergy is NOT the same as a food intolerance. #FoodAllergies involve immune system (IgE) & can be life-threatening. Visit #FAACT to learn more about food allergies: www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org/foodallergy/ #FAAW #KnowTheFAACTs #ShareTheFAACTs

  • Day Two: 

    Twitter: 8 foods account for 90% of all #FoodAllergy reactions: Peanut, Tree Nut, Egg, Soy, Dairy, Wheat, Fish, and Shellfish. #FAAW #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    Facebook: Eight foods account for 90% of all #FoodAllergy reactions: Peanut, Tree Nut, Egg, Soy, Dairy, Wheat, Fish and Shellfish. However, almost any food can cause a reaction. To learn more about the #TOP8, visit #FAACT: www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org/foodallergy/food_allergens-11/ #FAAW #KnowTheFAACTS #ShareTheFAACTs #FoodAllergies

  • Day Three: 

    Twitter: Read #labels each and every time before eating any food product. Ingredients & manufacturing can change! #FAAW #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    Facebook: Read #labels each and every time before eating any food product! #Ingredients and/or #manufacturing can change over time, or may vary depending upon the size of the product (e.g. jumbo vs snack size). Visit #FAACT for more information on food labels: www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org/foodallergy/food_labeling-10/food_labels-50 #FAAW #KnowTheFAACTS #ShareTheFAACTs #FoodAllergy #FoodAllergies

  • Day Four: 

    Twitter: Hand sanitizing gel is NOT sufficient to remove #allergens. Use warm/hot soapy water or a commercial "tidy" wipe. #FAAW #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    Facebook: Hand sanitizing gel is NOT sufficient to remove #allergens. Use warm/hot soapy water or a commercial "tidy" wipe. Visit #FAACT for more tips on preventing #crosscontact: www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org/foodallergy/cross-contact-15/ #FAAW #KnowTheFAACTs #ShareTheFAACTs #FoodAllergy #FoodAllergies

  • Day Five: 

    Twitter: #Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that comes on quickly and has the potential to become life-threatening! #FAAW #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    Facebook: #Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that comes on quickly and has the potential to become life-threatening. Anaphylaxis includes a wide range of #signs and #symptoms that can occur alone, or in combination, after exposure to an #allergen. Visit #FAACT to learn more:  https://www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org/foodallergy/anaphylaxis-2/anaphylaxis-2/ #FAAW #KnowTheFAACTs #ShareTheFAACTs #FoodAllergy #FoodAllergies #Anaphylaxis

  • Day Six: 

    Twitter: Past reactions to a #foodallergy do not predict future #reactions! You can still have a life-threatening rx to a #food you are #allergic to. #FAAW #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    Facebook: Past reactions to a #foodallergy 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. Visit #FAACT: www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org/foodallergy/anaphylaxis-2/anaphylaxis-2/. #FAAW #KnowTheFAACTs #ShareTheFAACTs #FoodAllergies #Anaphylaxis

  • Day Seven: 

    Twitter: Prompt administration of #epinephrine is crucial to surviving a potentially life-threating #reaction. #FAAW #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    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. Find out more at #FAACT: www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org/foodallergy/treatment_%2B_management-5/ #FAAW #FAAW #KnowTheFAACTs #ShareTheFAACTs #FoodAllergy #FoodAllergies

    Extra Tweets/Posts: 

    Twitter: Eating away from home can significantly increase #risk 4 individuals w/#foodallergies. Learn how to reduce your risk when #diningout. #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    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

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    Facebook: 

    #DiningOut This #Weekend?

    Share #FAACT's Allergen Friendly™ Training Series Program with the #restaurant or #food establishment your visiting - which is #ANSI-accredited.

    We want #foodservice establishments to have affordable and easy access to our new #allergen #training modules. There are three training modules:

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