Teen Advisory Group

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...

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...

Six Things I Wish People Knew About Food Allergies

Guest post, Mimi Hymel, Teen Advisory Group member

Hello, my name is Mimi Hymel and I am a part of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG). I am allergic to tree nuts and recently outgrew my egg allergy. I know many others who have food allergies as well. It has inspired me to help others in my community with food allergies, and improve their quality of life. For example, I started a Be a PAL: Protect A Life™ initiative at my school, passing out 2,000 PAL-entines to raise awareness. I also share resources and information on social media.

I often...

Staying Positive About My Allergies

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Kate Stack

“Better safe than sorry!”, “It can’t be that bad, right?” and my personal favorite, “It doesn’t taste that good anyway!” are all things teens with food allergies hear on the daily. While there can be truth to some of these, it can be hard to manage the constant exclusion and deal with situations regarding your allergies. As a teen, there are a LOT of pressures to try new things. For those of us with food allergies, those new things often can’t include new foods at parties or other events....

A Teen’s Tips for Thanksgiving

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Julia Gray

It’s finally “the most wonderful time of the year” for friends and family, but sometimes having multiple food allergies makes the holiday season the most stressful time of the year.  The types of food that bring people together for the holidays can be even scarier than the spookiest Halloween movie you watched last month.  “How do I stay safe during the time of year that centers around food?” Well, my friend, you are in luck because there are tons of things you can do to stay safe this...

Why I Love FARE Teen Summit

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Nicholas Cannistraci

People often recount stories about times in which they felt such intense fear of death that they “see their lives flash before their eyes.” On August 16, 2013, that person was me. I had an anaphylactic reaction after eating food from a restaurant that had assured me their food was peanut and tree nut free. As my throat tightened, my breath shortened, my chest constricted, and my stomach clenched, I felt I would never be able to trust a restaurant or anyone else that offered me...

Webinar Recording and Recap: Navigating College and the College Process With Food Allergies

Paramedic, college senior, food allergy advocate: Lily Roth wears many hats. The presenter of our July 11, 2017 webinar, “Navigating College and the College Process With Food Allergies,” Roth shares a trove of information she’s learned firsthand. This engaging, informative webinar guides prospective students and their parents through each step of the college process, from application to acceptance, accommodation and independent living.


Roth encourages students to find a balance between their wants and needs. For each decision on the path to and through college, she outlines options and...