Food Allergy Action Month
Every May, FARE hosts a nationwide Food Allergy Awareness Week to shine a spotlight on the seriousness of food allergies and to improve public understanding of this potentially life-threatening medical condition. By increasing awareness, we can encourage respect, promote safety, and improve the quality of life of the 15 million Americans affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Created in 1998 by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, now FARE, this year’s Food Allergy Awareness Week will be held on May 8-14, 2016. Additionally, we will have activities and ways to get involved throughout the entire month of May for Food Allergy Action Month.
2016 Theme: "Food Allergies: React with Respect"
A food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER every 3 minutes. Your friends, family and coworkers can experience severe reactions to every day foods like eggs, milk, shellfish or nuts. Symptoms can include trouble breathing and low blood pressure; the most severe reactions can result in death.
We’ve seen food allergies mocked or made light of in the media and in real life. The goal of Food Allergy Awareness Week is to help inform the public about the serious consequences of food allergy reactions, as well as how to identify symptoms and respond in case of an emergency.
As FARE continues to advance research toward future treatments for food allergies, this awareness campaign is critical to supporting the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others.
We encourage you to “react with respect” the next time someone tells you about their food allergies or the allergies of someone they love. Please take a few minutes to learn the facts about food allergies and anaphylaxis, and then help bring understanding and education to others.
What Can You Do to Help?
First, pledge to react with respect to food allergies. Then consider ways you can help educate and raise awareness in a school, online, or in your community. Here are things you can do to get involved!
2016 Awareness Poster
This educational poster is perfect for raising awareness in schools or other community buildings. We have a number of versions available to meet your needs:
Action Heroes Awareness Poster
This colorful and action-oriented poster can help educate kids about food allergies. We have a number of versions available:
Additional Posters Available From FARE
In addition to our 2015 poster, FARE has a number of awareness and education posters available to purchase (premium, glossy 11x17 posters) or download for free on our site to print at home.
Special Thanks to our Food Allergy Action Month Official Partners, Chex™, Enjoy Life Foods and Skeeter Nut Free™!