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FARE thanks everyone who helped elevate public understanding of food allergy during Food Allergy Awareness Week and throughout the month of May. As we look back on the many ways in which our community raised food allergy awareness, we take pride in the creativity and commitment shared by advocates and allies on behalf of the 32 million Americans with food allergy and all those managing this serious, potentially life-threatening disease.

In a clinical correspondence published May 14 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, researchers at FARE and at Centers of Excellence in the FARE Clinical Network (FCN) report that, while most FARE Centers of Excellence have patients that would benefit from food-allergy-related mental health support services, Center of Excellence allergists are aware of few mental health professionals to whom they can refer their food allergy patients.

Each year during Food Allergy Awareness Week, we dedicate a day to raise awareness of anaphylaxis, a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. In this guest blog post, Josephine Schizer of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group recounts her experience with following her emergency action plan, even when a health care provider had different advice. To learn more about how you can help save a life, take FARE’s free online anaphylaxis training, How to Save a Life: Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis.

Teen Advisory Group member Josephine Schizer

Each year during Food Allergy Awareness Week, we dedicate a day to raise awareness of anaphylaxis, a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. In this guest blog post, Rhett Needleman, a member of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group, offers insights into the importance of self-knowledge and prompt action when treating anaphylaxis. To learn more about how you can help save a life, take FARE’s free online anaphylaxis training, How to Save a Life: Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis.

Teen Advisory Group member Rhett Needleman
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Today, we are asking advocates to call their legislators and ask for support of the FASTER Act on FARE's first annual Virtual Hill Day. These calls will be occurring the same time as FARE staff are meeting with legislators on the Hill, with the goal of building the number of co-sponsors on this important piece of legislation. FARE Advocate Stacey Saiontz is a strong supporter of FASTER, in her own words:

Artist and substitute teacher Jennifer Domal has managed multiple food allergies since early childhood. In an interview, the West Chester, PA, resident reflects on food allergy awareness, friendship and kindness to strangers.

A guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Mariah McConnell (shown here at left with her mom and sister). Mariah writes, "Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate, recognize, and appreciate the influence mothers have on society and the world. While I could never even capture half of how much I and all children with food allergies appreciate our food allergy moms, I hope this post sheds light on the lives they live and how much they do for us. Thank you for all that food allergy moms do to make this world a safer place for all."

One of the most difficult issues I’ve dealt with in my food allergy journey is interacting with people who don’t have food allergies. Whether it be teachers, extended family members or friends, it can be hard to spend time with people who don’t understand food allergies. Today’s post will focus on friends, and I’ll provide you with some advice on how to spend time with your friends and talk to them about your food allergies.

Teen Advisory Group member Ava Wellener

The prevalence of food allergies in the U.S. is greater than it’s ever been before, roughly doubling every ten years. Diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions have risen by 377 percent since 2007, according to recent FARE-commissioned data.

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