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A High School Student’s Tips for Going Back to School

Guest post from Teen Advisory Group member, Sahiba Baveja

Back to school seems to be that infamous time of year that many students dread. The back to school commercials remind us of the fading summer and early morning alarm clocks soon to come. However, for us students with food allergies, dealing with food allergies shouldn’t be something that anyone wants to avoid or hide as we start the year with new teachers, friends, school nurses, or even cities. Over the past 11 years, I have come up with the best tips and tricks for handling food allergies at the...

Black and Blueberry Grunt

In honor of National Culinary Arts Month, chefs Joel and Mary Schaefer created this allergy-friendly recipe to share with the FARE Community.

Grunts…aka slumps, are related to the cobbler and crisp family, but are made with dumplings instead of batter or crisp topping and are cooked on the stove top instead of in the oven. The fruit is said to grunt while it simmers.

Makes: 4 servings
Free of: gluten and all top allergens

Ingredients

1 tsp plus ½ cup plus 2 tbsp organic cane sugar, divided

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

3 cups fresh blueberries

1 ½ cups...

Food Allergy Hero Spotlight: Cheryl and Zach Fruiterman

14-year-old Zach Fruiterman leads Team Zach Attack, the top fundraising team at the Albany, NY FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk. His mom, Cheryl, has been involved with the walk for nine years and currently serves as the Chair for the Albany Food Allergy Heroes Walk. We asked Cheryl and Zack to share about their experiences and why they walk every year.

Tell us about your family’s connection to food allergies.

Cheryl: Zach was diagnosed with allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish when he was 13 months old. His cousin Molly is also...

A Teen’s Tips on Summer Extracurriculars and Making an Impact!

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Anesha Santhanam

What’s up y’all?  I’m Anesha Santhanam, a rising junior in high school and a member of the FARE Teen Advisory Group, and I’m back again with another article on tips for teens with food allergies! If you’re eager to make the most out of your summer for high school and beyond but also want to stay healthy and safe, this article is for you.

Let’s talk about your summer plans: have you ever wanted to attend residential summer camps or overnight/study abroad programs, but haven’t taken up these...

Asian Chicken Skewers and Noodles

July is National Culinary Arts Month! To celebrate, FARE asked Joel and Mary Schaefer to share a new allergy-friendly recipe with FARE Community.

Who said chicken is boring? Time to spice it up! Packed full of flavor, this chicken-on-a-stick is a special treat that makes dinnertime fun.

Makes: 4 servings
Free of: gluten and all top allergens

Chicken      

1 cup creamy sunflower seed butter

¼ cup coconut aminos

¼ cup honey

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ cup white wine vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)

1 tsp ground ginger...

New Study: More Than One in Ten Reactions Treated With Epinephrine Requires More Than One Dose

In a recent study investigating how food allergy patients, parents and caregivers carry and use epinephrine auto-injectors, only 44 percent of survey respondents reported that they always carry at least one auto-injector. Far fewer respondents – 24 percent – followed the recommended practice of always carrying two auto-injectors or more. Now a new study funded by FARE and published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology finds that among epinephrine-treated reactions, more than one in ten required multiple doses of epinephrine to relieve dangerous...

Five Steps to Successful Fundraising

FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk began as a grassroots movement and has since grown into a thriving national program to support food allergy research, education, advocacy, and awareness. Our walk program is the critical vehicle for FARE to create impact through peer-to-peer fundraising in communities across the country. It is also an incredible opportunity for all families and individuals affected by food allergies to connect with each other, unite in a safe space, and celebrate their potential as changemakers for better outcomes for their children and...

Study: Epinephrine Management in Children and Adults

Epinephrine is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction most commonly triggered by food, latex, medication or insect venom. Delayed administration of epinephrine is a risk factor for fatal anaphylaxis to food. To stay safe, individuals with food allergies (or their caregivers) must have ready access to epinephrine, be able to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis, and be willing to use epinephrine to treat those symptoms.

To test how personal experiences and social circumstances might influence...

Tips for High School Students with Food Allergies

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Claire Johnson

I’ll admit, it’s hard. Being a teen with food allergies is a difficult thing to deal with. There are so many things to worry about, such as school dances, parties, in-class experiments and social gatherings. All these worries are frustrating to live with. From people asking you left and right, “Why aren’t you eating anything?” to living in fear of coming in contact with your allergen, high school can be tough. As a junior in high school, there are so many things I wish I could change about my...

Is Food Allergy a Disqualification for Military Service?

Food allergies affect 1 in 13 children, treatment for severe food allergy reactions is up nearly 400 percent in the past decade, and a 2017 study found that nearly half of adults with food allergies developed at least one food allergy during adulthood. As food allergies and food-induced anaphylaxis become more prevalent across all age groups, these medical conditions will render an increasing fraction of young Americans ineligible to join the U.S. Armed Forces, while a growing number of service members will develop adult-onset food allergies while in...

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