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Flying with Food Allergies

This guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Hadley Husisian addresses the concerns she has as a traveler with nut allergies. This is part of a series addressing a variety of experiences and food allergies from FARE’s TAG members.

Hadley Husisian

This summer, Southwest Airlines, an airline commercially known for its peanut snacks, announced that it would no longer serve peanuts on board so that all customers could feel safe as they travel. As a nut-allergy sufferer, I was ecstatic that Southwest made this groundbreaking decision. However, as someone who has flown...

Expired Epinephrine Can Still Save Lives

Epinephrine is the only treatment that can reverse the life-threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. Spring-loaded syringes called auto-injectors make it easier for patients, health care providers and members of the public to inject the correct dose of epinephrine solution into the patient’s thigh muscle.

Since May 2018, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported shortages of two of the three types of epinephrine auto-injectors currently sold on the U.S. market. This month, FDA has taken two steps to remedy this shortage...

Q&A with FARE CEO Lisa Gable

This week, we asked FARE CEO Lisa Gable a few key questions about how FARE is evolving to meet the changing needs of the food allergy community.

What are the biggest challenges facing the food allergy community today?

While life is much better for families today than it was 15 years ago, the challenges the food allergy community faces today are more complex than when we started. Food allergy is a serious and growing issue. In children alone, the prevalence of food allergy has increased 50% over the past 20 years. A majority of the public still does not understand the severity of food allergy...

A College Student’s Tips for Going Away to College with Food Allergies

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Sarah Peres

Does the idea of college make you want to never leave home? Does living at an unknown place with food allergies stress you out? Look no further for some great tips on living and socializing in college with food allergies! My name is Sarah Peres and I am a 19-year old college student allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy and fish. In January, I was diagnosed with celiac so no gluten for me either. If there is anyone who is pretty limited in their food options, it’s me, so here are my tips so...

10 Essential Resources for Back to School

The back-to-school season is a busy time for all parents, but especially for parents of children with food allergies. Thankfully, there are many resources online to help parents prepare for a new school year for their children with food allergies. Sifting through the many resources available, however, can be overwhelming. We’ve created this list of the top 10 free resources you need to read, print, fill out or bookmark to use this school year:

1. Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

FARE’s Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan...

Your 2018 Back to School Shopping Guide

During the Back to School season, and throughout the year, FARE is fortunate to have the support of many companies who generously sponsor our programs or donate a portion of their proceeds to our organization. By supporting these food allergy-friendly companies or from FARE’s own online store, you are supporting FARE’s mission and the food allergy community.

We asked this year’s Back to School sponsors to introduce themselves.

 

Enjoy Life Foods

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Enjoy Life Foods offers over 70 products all of which are Certified Gluten Free, Non-GMO Project Verified...

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...

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