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Media Release April 24, 2018

Food Allergy Research & Education Launches Online K-12 Course to Train Schools About Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis

Newly revised educational course now available for free for schools nationwide

Newly revised educational course now available for free for schools nationwide

McLEAN, Va. (April 24, 2018) – With increasing prevalence of food allergy among children, the need for evidence-based and simple, yet comprehensive, training for schools on caring for students with food allergies is critical. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is addressing this need with the release of a new online course to help school personnel learn how to create a safer and more inclusive environment for students with food allergies.

Aligned with the recommended best practices found in the “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs” previously released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FARE’s newly updated “Keeping Students Safe and Included” provides a much-needed training program that is easily accessible online for free and will improve understanding of the severity of food allergy among school staff who take the course.

“The CDC’s guidelines call for strong leadership in schools and partnerships among staff, families and medical providers to ensure that students with food allergies are protected and included. Unfortunately, we routinely hear from parents who have experienced a number of challenges with managing their child’s food allergy while at school,” said Carlea Bauman, vice president of Education and Community Initiatives at FARE. “Our new training course will provide educators with a foundation on the topic of food allergy, but importantly, it will also demonstrate how schools can implement a food allergy management plan that addresses safety and inclusion.”  

With the new training course, FARE has created a resource that gives school personnel and parent volunteers choices about how this presentation can be delivered. Schools can opt to watch a narrated training video, or volunteers/school staff can deliver the presentation using slides, a presenter guide and presentation tips. The course concludes with a 10-question Knowledge Check, and participants may print out a certificate of completion if they pass the quiz.

In updating this training for K-12 audiences, FARE has worked to increase the interactivity of the course and to restructure the content to allow learners to focus on information about food allergies that is most applicable to them.

To access the course, please visit foodallergy.org/k12.

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About FARE

FARE is the world’s leading non-governmental organization engaged in food allergy advocacy and the largest private funder of food allergy research. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. FARE is transforming the future of food allergy through innovative initiatives that will lead to increased awareness, new and improved treatments and prevention strategies, effective policies and legislation and novel approaches to managing the disease. To learn more about FARE, visit our Living Teal™ YouTube channel, or www.foodallergy.org.

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