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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...

Join the #FARESummerAdventure and Win Safe for the Summer Swag!

Last summer, Food Allergy Action Heroes were spotted helping people stay safe at the beach, at amusement parks, and out to lunch to celebrate Independence Day. Where will they be spotted this year?

FARE wants to hear about how you are staying Safe for the Summer with your Food Allergy Action Hero. Will your Food Allergy Action Hero come with you to camp or the pool? Maybe they will come with you to visit family or to soccer practice. We are excited to see! Enter our contest by July 8, 2018 for a chance to win some Safe for the Summer swag!

How to Enter

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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...

A Conversation with Lisa Gable, FARE’s CEO

This week, Lisa Gable joined Food Allergy Research & Education as its new CEO. Lisa comes to FARE with more than 30 years of executive leadership experience and has represented global public-private partnerships and nonprofits, working to build organizations to their maximum potential.

We are thrilled to welcome Lisa and asked her five questions to introduce her to the food allergy community.

 

First, please tell us a little about your diverse background.

I am honored to have to been selected to lead FARE at this critical time. My background is...

Food Allergy Hero Spotlight: Swati Shah

Swati Shah learned about FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk this year and immediately jumped at the chance to get involved and make a difference for the food allergy community by joining the Northern Virginia Food Allergy Heroes Walk committee. She also started a walk team that now has over 50 members! We asked Swati to share a little about her food allergy journey and why she walks.

 

Tell us about your connection to food allergies.

My son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies when he was 18 months old. It was a huge shock, but we educated...

Food Allergy Awareness Day in Albany, NY: An Agenda to Save Lives

About two dozen advocates from across New York, some of whom have lost a family member to anaphylaxis, convened in Albany to participate in FARE’s Food Allergy Awareness Day on May 16. Partnering with the Allergy Advocacy Association, a Rochester-based, statewide advocacy group, FARE’s Senior National Director of Advocacy Jen Jobrack and Associate Director of Advocacy Jon Hoffman coordinated meetings with 30 members of the Assembly and Senate and, with the help of the advocates, provided materials to every legislative office across the Capitol and staffed a Food Allergy Awareness Week table....

A New Diagnostic Test for Peanut Allergy

A new method for diagnosing peanut allergy was outlined in a letter published last month in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI). This mast cell activation test was compared to other available diagnostic tests on the basis of sensitivity (the rate of true positive tests, in which a disease is successfully identified) and specificity (the rate of true negative tests, in which a disease that isn’t present is successfully ruled out).

Each test currently used to diagnose peanut allergy has some drawbacks:

Highlights from the 2018 Food Allergy Awareness Week

Throughout the month of May, thousands of people around the country shined a light on food allergies in various ways – from  participating in FARE’s daily Food Allergy Awareness Action Steps, to asking their legislators to issue proclamations declaring May 13-19, 2018 Food Allergy Awareness Week, to leading awareness events in their schools and communities and much more. Here are just a few highlights from this year’s Food Allergy Awareness Week.

 

1. Legislators in 43 states declared May 13-19, 2018 Food Allergy Awareness Week.

This year, FARE saw the food allergy community come out in...

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