FARE Focuses On Teens To Finish Out Food Allergy Week
May 20, 2023 (McLean, VA) – FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), is culminating a successful Food Allergy Awareness Week with a special emphasis on food allergic teens. The food allergy teen community, especially the Teen Advisory Group (TAG), is the future of food allergy and their activism and passion drove content, education, and awareness all week as well as into the future.
For Food Allergy Awareness Week, FARE focused on teens who are making a difference in their communities. One highlight included teen author Riya Gain reading her new kids book about food allergies, “The Class That Can: Food Allergies.” In addition, teens held fundraisers, spread the word in their communities, and reached out to other food allergy sufferers—all in an effort to raise awareness about potentially life-threatening food allergies.
FARE’s Teen Advisory Group is THE voice for the teen and young adult food allergy community. Members, ranging in age from 11-22, help raise awareness of food allergy by writing articles for the FARE Blog and other publications, serving as mentors and leaders at FARE’S large national events like the Food Allergy Summit and Courage at Congress, offering support for other teens who are seeking guidance, and helping lead the youth programs.
TAG members address issues such as the anxiety that comes with living with food allergies, how to handle social interactions, educating the community about food allergies and facing challenges unique to teens. “Teen Talks,” a monthly virtual get-together of teens, is an online forum where food allergy teens can come together to share their experiences with others like themselves. This inclusive online gathering helps to reduce barriers for teen communication as everyone can access from their laptops or mobile devices.
To learn more about TAG and to hear from members, please visit the Teen Corner.
To review all of this past week’s content, please visit here.
FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is the nation’s leading non-profit engaged in food allergy advocacy as well as the largest private funder of food allergy research. FARE’s innovative education, advocacy and research initiatives transform the future of food allergy through new and improved treatments and prevention strategies, effective policies and legislation, and novel approaches to managing the disease. To learn more, visit: foodallergy.org.