Tools & Resources

Educational Webinars: Adults and Teens

FARE hosts free educational webinars designed to help you live life well with food allergies. Each month, we feature leading experts discussing the topics related to food allergy that you most want to hear about. FARE Members have the benefit of advanced registration for each webinar. To register for our next upcoming webinar, visit our Educational Webinars homepage.

The webinars below are designed to provide adults and teens living with food allergies with strategies for daily management.

Archived Webinars


Psychosocial Aspects of Food Allergy Among Adolescents
Speaker: Linda Herbert, PhD
Wednesday, July 13, 1 p.m. ET

Food allergy management can be stressful for parents of children of all ages, but adolescence poses some unique challenges. This webinar is intended for parents of children with food allergies who are interested in learning more about food allergy-related psychosocial concerns during this developmental stage, such as stress, anxiety, peer issues, and transitioning food allergy management from parent to teen. Dr. Linda Herbert, a clinical psychologist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., will discuss these common challenges and provide guidelines on how to address these unique food allergy concerns.

Dr. GreenLinda Jones Herbert, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Behavioral Health at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC, and a licensed psychologist in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. She is the Director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology’s psychosocial clinical and research programs. Dr. Herbert’s research interests include the identification of medical and psychosocial factors related to food allergy management and the development of clinical interventions for youth with food allergies and their families. Dr. Herbert is a Board Member of the Maryland Psychological Association.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


Adult Onset Food Allergy
Speakers: Gwen Smith
Wednesday, January 20, 1 p.m. ET

Adapting to a food allergy diagnosis as an adult is challenging - from learning to read labels, to explaining to friends who say "but you used to eat that," to dining out and relationships. Our presenter will discuss her personal experience in being diagnosed with adult onset food allergy, and talk through some of the reasons it can be easy to miss less serious symptoms as a busy adult. She'll also talk about prevalence of adult onset allergies and report on some findings from the research field that affect those affected.

Gwen SmithGwen Smith is the editor and co-owner of Allergic Living, the acclaimed national magazine serving families living with food and environmental allergies, as well as celiac disease. This popular publication celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. Under Smith’s supervision, Allergic Living has become known for its insightful articles on parenting, school, coping and socializing issues with food allergies. Smith and her team also follow breaking research news closely, and Allergicliving.com has become a go-to resource for the latest allergy news.

As an individual who lives with multiple food allergies and has experienced anaphylaxis, Smith’s interest in the area is personal as well as professional. Prior to Allergic Living, Smith worked as an editor for a major women’s magazine and she has a newspaper background. She brings a journalist’s eye for personal stories and investigative reporting to allergy topics.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from

Mylan


 

If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now…Allergy Tips for Teens
Speakers: Kyle Dine
Wednesday, November 18, 4 p.m. ET

In this webinar, our presenter speaks from the perspective of someone who has grown up with food allergies and learned many lessons along the way. He stresses the importance of staying positive and keeping things in perspective, while staying safe with allergies. He will share stories that teens can relate to, and provide sound advice that will help prepare teens for risks while balancing a normal teenage life.

Kyle DineKyle Dine is a trusted food allergy educator and musician who performs allergy awareness assemblies across North America. He educates students about food allergies, anaphylaxis and what they can do to help maintain an allergy-aware school environment. He has multiple food allergies himself and has worked with Food Allergy Canada since 2008, including coordination of the organization’s teen education and outreach programs. In December 2014, he successfully crowdfunded a food allergy awareness video for elementary schools entitled Kyle Dine & Friends - Allergy Awareness with Music, Puppets and Games. He is also the founder of www.allergytranslation.com - a website that provides translation cards for travelers with allergies.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Visit our blog for a recap of this webinar and to view the presentation. 


 

Adults with Food Allergies: Not Only Surviving, but Thriving
Speakers: Stephanie Leonard, M.D.
Wednesday, September 23, 1 p.m. ET

Approximately 3-4% of adults, or 9 million Americans, live with potentially life-threatening food allergies. This webinar will discuss challenges faced by adults at work, at play, and in relationships. We will review strategies for engaging friends, family, food service personnel, and healthcare providers in order to live a safe and fulfilling life.

Robin WallinDr. Stephanie Leonard has been living with a life-threatening peanut allergy since childhood and has dedicated her career to helping others with food allergies live safe, happy and fulfilling lives. She is currently the director of the Food Allergy Center at Rady Children’s Hospital and is an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Diego. She received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she also did her Pediatric residency. She completed her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York under the mentorship of Hugh Sampson, one of the top leaders in food allergy. Dr. Leonard oversees clinical trials in food allergy treatment in children and conducts food allergy research. Her goal is to help find a cure for food allergy.

Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from

Mylan

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Visit our blog for a recap of this webinar and to view the presentation. 



Food Allergies in the Workplace
Speaker: Mary Vargas
Wednesday, May 27, 1 p.m. ET


Federal law provides job applicants and employees with disabilities with the right to reasonable accommodations and with protection from discrimination on the basis of disability. This webinar will introduce the rights of applicants and employees with disabilities, with special focus on food allergies.

Mary Vargas is a partner with Stein & Vargas, LLP, a civil rights law firm committed to the principle that all people have full and equal access to all parts of American society. Vargas advocates for individuals who were discriminated against on the basis of disability through high stakes federal court litigation and is committed to ensuring full and equal access for all individuals. She has litigated cases pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act throughout the United States, achieving important victories that have advanced the rights of individuals with disabilities. Vargas is a 1998 Skadden Fellow and a 1994 Truman Scholar. She is the recipient of the Advocacy for Persons with Pain Award from the American Academy of Pain Management. Vargas co-founded the Allergy Law Project and has a special interest in the rights of individuals and families impacted by food allergies.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.



Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from

Mylan



Dorm Life and Dining Plans: Planning for College with Food Allergies
Speaker: Kristi Grim, College Outreach Manager, FARE
Wednesday, April 22, 1 p.m. ET

Choosing a school and planning for campus living is an exciting time for the college-bound student, but when you have food allergies, questions about how to navigate residence life, dining halls, and social situations tend to be at the forefront. Kristi Grim, FARE's College Outreach Manager, will provide a program update on the FARE College Program as it enters its pilot stage, and address some aspects of college life that will be covered through the program for students with food allergies. The presentation will address the role dining services, residence life, health services, disability services and emergency services all play, and provide some best practices for students and parents in working with your school to request accommodations.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.


Your Passport to Safe Travel: Traveling the Globe with Food Allergies
Speaker: Lori Enriquez, MPH, RD, LDN, CHES, FAND
Wednesday, March 11, 1 p.m. ET

Our presenter will discuss how she has traveled the globe with a life-threatening peanut allergy, covering topics such as planning before you go on your trip and tips for successful food allergy travel. Our presenter will discuss some of the lessons she has learned in her travels to Africa, Australia, Canada, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, and within the United States.

Lori Enriquez is a registered dietitian and a certified health education specialist with dual Bachelors of Science degrees in Nutrition & Food Science and Information Systems from Drexel University graduating and with a Master in Public Health from the Temple University. With an allergy to peanuts and gluten intolerance, Lori is an active contributor in the nutrition community, a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, and a lifelong FARE member.

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.



Funding for this webinar was made possible through a generous grant from

Mylan


Safe and Sound: Relationships, Dating and Intimacy Challenges
Associated with Having Severe Food Allergies
Wednesday, February 12


In this webinar, viewers will be provided a framework for maintaining healthy relationships while navigating life with severe food allergies.
Objectives:

  • To review foundational components of a healthy relationship.
  • To review essential conversations to have within a healthy relationship regarding a person’s food allergy.
  • To focus on adult relationships, while highlighting special challenges teens and young adults might face.

Kristen Kauke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who also happens to parent two boys with life threatening food allergies, as well as live with food allergies herself.

Kristen’s dozen years of clinical experience includes therapy with clients of all ages. She has provided individual, family, couples and group counseling in both private and school settings.

Additionally, Kristen has presented and written on the topics of coping with anxiety, and resolving conflict in relationships as it relates to living with life threatening food allergies. She has penned three books, her most recent, Growing Up Ben, is written in the form of a mother’s letters to her son, and follows a family’s developmental process through anxiety and restricted living to autonomy and intentional living. The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.