FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2020
It's FAACT's TEAL Ghost Time! Fill your basket with “non-food fun” this Halloween to keep kids healthy – including children with life-threatening food allergies
WEST CHESTER, OHIO - Did you spot #FAACTsTealGhost at your local Walmart? Be on the lookout this week and through the Halloween season! Walmart and Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) offer Halloween treats that are filled with fun – not fear for children’s health. FAACT's Teal Ghost will be in every Walmart this season in the U.S.!
The scariest thing about Halloween for many families isn’t the costumes or decorations – it’s the possibility of a life-threatening allergic reaction to candy and other popular Halloween treats. And with growing concerns about childhood obesity and diabetes, we have even more reasons to make Halloween fun and healthy for every child.
Walmart encourages families to “KnowTheFAACTs” about food allergies and consider non-food fun for school parties, neighborhood gatherings, and, of course, trick-or-treaters. From slime and stretchy eyeballs to headbands, bubbles, and bouncy balls, WalMart offers a fun array of non-food treats for Halloween…with FAACT’s Non-Food Fun Teal Ghost logo on display cases and packaging!
Life-threatening food allergies affect as many as 32 million Americans, including almost 6 million children. That’s two students in every classroom across the country. The top foods that trigger allergic reactions include peanuts, tree nuts, and milk – all common ingredients in Halloween candies (or common to facilities that manufacture Halloween treats). There is no cure for food allergies. The only way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid trigger foods.
Shopping looks different now due to COVID-19, so be sure to wear your masks when shopping and out in public and follow your state health guidelines.
“I’m very excited to unite again with Walmart for the third year on this shared initiative of raising food allergy awareness nationwide, especially during the Halloween season when food allergy concerns are at one of its highest peaks”, states Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. "Although, it’s hard to predict what Halloween will look like this year, we know “At-home celebrations” can be packed full with fun and FAACT’s Teal Ghost!”, states Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT President and CEO. “I want to thank Walmart for partnering with FAACT again and recognizing that food allergy awareness is greatly needed.”
Help us spread the word! Be sure to visit your local Walmart, and show FAACT your selfie with your masks on!
Here's a sample Tweet to use with your selfie:
“Selfie w/ #FAACTsTealGhost in #CityState @Walmart! Join @FAACTNews 4 #NonFoodFun this #Halloween! #FAACT #Walmart #tealghost #foodallergy #allergy #foodallergies #KnowTheFAACTs”
Here's a sample Facebook post to use with your selfie:
"Selfie with #FAACTsTealGhost in #CityState @Walmart! Join @FAACT for #NonFoodFun this #Halloween! Help us spread the word! Go take your selfie and share it with us! #FAACT #Walmart #tealghost #foodallergy #allergy #foodallergies #allergies #anaphylaxis #awareness #allergyawareness #KnowTheFAACTs #ShareTheFAACTs".
Want to know another way to spread the word? Change your Facebook and Twitter profile photos to your #FAACTsTealGhost selfie photo and share with your family and friends! AND, share with your local news networks!
Be sure to follow our daily Facebook posts and tweets for more Halloween graphics and tips to come! FAACT wishes you all an allergen-safe Halloween season! Thank you to Walmart for partnering with FAACT on raising awareness around Non-Food Fun!
About The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT):
FAACT's mission is to educate, advocate, and raise awareness for all individuals and families affected by food allergies and life-threatening anaphylaxis. FAACT is also your voice for food allergy awareness, from keeping children safe at school to dealing with workplace issues or simply taking the family out for a bite to eat. Managing a food allergy on a daily basis involves constant vigilance. FAACT is here to support you in managing your food allergies – today, tomorrow, and into the future. For more information, please visit us at https://www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org or call (815) 276-3015, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.
Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT’s President and CEO
(815) 276-3015 or Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org
FAACT is able to consult on news stories and provide medical experts, spokespersons, and subjects while supplying up-to-date information on food allergies and anaphylaxis for your future media needs.
Find Allergy-Friendly, Non-Food Fun Items at your local Walmart.