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 hot topics below.
FARE Food Allergy College Search Beta
Going off to college means new friends and new experiences. Don’t let your food allergies hold you back. Visit the FARE Food Allergy College Search Beta to browse schools and find an allergy-friendly college that’s right for you.
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.
The application for Teen Advisory Group 2017 is now closed. Check back in January of 2018 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.
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.
Communication between restaurants and customers with food allergies is essential to a safe dining experience. A tool such as My Teal Ticket can help you to clearly communicate your allergens to the restaurant staff. For more information on dining out, check out these resources.
We will keep updating this section of our site with new resources on an ongoing basis. Do you have suggestions about additional resources you’d like to see us add to the site? Please use the Contact Us form to tell us your suggestions.