Resources for Teens
Between school, homework, sports, extracurricular activities, and more – you already have a lot on your plate. Managing your food allergy on top of all these things can feel like just one more thing to take care of, but it’s important not to take risks with your food allergy.
Did you know?
Research shows teens are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors when it comes to their food allergies. Unfortunately, this risk-taking behavior means teens are at the highest risk for fatal, food-induced anaphylactic reactions. Taking the right steps to manage your food allergy can help you avoid these risks and be prepared when you have a reaction.
FARE has programs and content designed specifically for teens. You can read more about our programs and some hot topics below.
FARE’s annual Teen Summit brings together teens with food allergies from across the nation. The Summit provides teens with the opportunity to learn about food allergy management from guest speakers, hang out with other teens who are managing food allergies, and even make lifelong friends.
Teen Advisory Group
FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) consists of teens and young adults with food allergies who provide input into our programs, participate in our National Food Allergy Conference, share their True Stories and more.
Applications for our 2014 Teen Advisory Group are now closed. Keep a look out in FARE emails and social media for next year's application.
Teen Food Allergy Facebook Group and Blog
Moderated by members of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and FARE staff, our Facebook group is a place for teens to ask questions, give advice, find support, and make new friends. Teens who join the group will also receive updates and resources from FARE’s teen blog and other sources.
The members of our Teen Advisory Group are great at whipping up food-allergy-friendly meals and treats. That’s why we asked them to contribute their favorite recipes to the first ever Teen Advisory Group Cookbook! All recipes are free of peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish, and many are free of all of the top eight allergens. Download and print the cookbook here.
Check out this video, "Food Allergies and Dating," from Anaphylaxis Canada.
The Kissing Study
Your food allergy may seem like an uncomfortable topic to bring up, but it's definitely much more comfortable to talk about it than to have a reaction. Be upfront with people you are interested in. If they care about you, they will understand and want to learn about how they can help keep you safe.
A study was published in 2006 to understand how long peanut allergen stays in the saliva after a person eats. The results of the study gave the scientists confidence that the allergen would become undetectable for the majority of people several hours after they had eaten peanuts or peanut products. The scientists advised people to brush their teeth as well as wait at least a few hours before kissing someone with a peanut allergy. Many teens and young adults tell us that their significant others avoid the allergy-causing food on days when they will be hanging out together. Others say their boyfriends or girlfriends have cut the allergen out of their diets entirely. Talk to your doctor and your date about what makes the most sense for your situation.
This video produced by the Food Allergy Initiative features teens talking about going to college, hanging out with friends and juggling the daily decisions involved with having food allergies.
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