May 9, 2013
15 Ways to Get Involved for Food Allergy Awareness Month/Week
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and the week of May 12-18 is dedicated to raising awareness about food allergies. Join Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) in educating others about the prevalence and seriousness of food allergies:
1) Forward this newsletter.
2) Participate in KFA's annual Faces of Food Allergies photo-sharing event.
3) Send invitations to join KFA's community.
4) Sign up to receive free printed newsletters from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
5) Join AAFA's advocacy efforts by signing up to receive legislative alerts.
6) Tag yourself on KFA's Facebook timeline cover.
7) Save and upload KFA's timeline cover to your own timeline.
8) Use KFA's "proud supporter" image as profile picture on your social networks.
9) Share food allergy facts posted on KFA's blog and Facebook page May 13-17.
10) Make a food allergy-friendly recipe and share it with loved ones.
11) Watch an archived webinar from KFA and share the video with your teachers, caregivers, family and friends.
12) Make a donation to KFA to support our efforts to improve the daily lives of families managing food allergies and create a safe and healthy future for their children.
13) Create a disaster preparedness plan for your family and send shelf-stable allergy-friendly foods to your child's school or caregivers to be stored in their emergency kits.
14) Watch and share KFA's video, "A Child's View of Food Allergies". Help your child(ren) create their own video to spread awareness and upload it to KFA's community and/or YouTube.
15) Register for KFA's upcoming free webinar that will help parents learn what to teach babysitters and caregivers about food allergies. Invite your friends to register as well.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL ASTHMA & ALLERGY MONTH:
JOIN US FOR A FREE WEBINAR!
Tips for Drop Off Parties, Playdates, and Using Babysitters and Caregivers
In recognition of national Asthma and Allergy month, we are hosting a free online webinar (meeting) to help educate and spread awareness about how to care for a child with food allergies.
Dr. Sarah Boudreau-Romano and Dr. Michael Pistiner will talk about safe transitions for children with food allergies at drop off parties and play dates, and when using babysitters and caregivers. They will bring their perspectives as pediatric allergists and parents of children with food allergies, and will share their experiences and challenges. They will review important things caregivers need to know to prevent allergic reactions and to be prepared to respond to an allergy emergency.
Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc, is chair of KFA's Medical Advisory Team and is a frequent guest speaker in our educational webinars. He is also co-founder of AllergyHome.org. Sarah Boudreau-Romano, MD, is founder of TheAllergistMom.com and joined Dr. Pistiner last fall for our webinar on celebrating holidays with food allergies.
This FREE webinar is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Mylan.
Faces of Food Allergies Photo-Sharing Event ENTER TO WIN!
Stand up to be counted among the 1 in 12 children that have a food allergy and help us put a face to food allergies! Share a photo of your child with food allergies doing something they love, eating safe foods, being silly, or striking a pose. Random winners will be drawn daily May 13-17 in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week. Prizes are courtesy of our sponsors for this event: Dr. Lucy's, Applegate, and Allermates.
Stocking Epinephrine in Schools (Video and Resources) NEW!
If you missed KFA's last webinar, we have it recorded for you to watch at your convenience. Charlotte Collins, JD, and Michael Pistiner, MD, did a fantastic job describing the issues surrounding stocking undesignated epinephrine for allergic emergencies at school.
Money Saving Tips for Families Managing Food Allergies NEW!
We have launched a new support forum for money saving tips to help families with the expenses associated with food allergies. Find coupons, special deals from our sponsors, share budget tips and more.
A Message from Our Sponsors
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector. In celebration of this anniversary and as part of our continued commitment to access, Mylan Specialty has developed a 25th Anniversary "$0 Co-Pay Offer". The offer is available to both cash-paying and commercially insured patients. This offer provides up to $100 off per EpiPen 2-Pak®. Certain restrictions apply. Patients can re-use the offer with an unlimited number of prescriptions until the coupon expiration date, December 31, 2013. The offer is valid on up to three EpiPen 2-Pak or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons per prescription. The co-pay card is available through physicians across the country this week. Patients can also contact Mylan Customer Service at 1-800-395-3376 with any questions, and can obtain additional information about the co-pay card at www.EpiPen.com
Food Allergy News and Research
Push to Stock EpiPens in Every School (NBC Video)
National campaign works to put life-saving epinephrine in all schools to combat the dangerous effects of food allergies.
Safer Flying Strategies for Travelers with Peanut Allergies
If you're among the approximately 1 to 1.5 percent of Americans living with a peanut or tree nut allergy, boarding a commercial airplane can raise concerns that you might experience a rare in-flight reaction.
New CDC Report: Trends in Allergic Conditions in Children
New data has been released on the trends in allergic diseases in children from 1991-2011.
Dustless Chalk May Cause Health Woes in Milk-Allergic Children
A recent study found some dustless chalk, containing the milk protein casein, may trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.
2013 Asthma Capitals Names Richmond, VA as #1
Find out how your city ranks on this annual report that names the 100 most challenging places to live with asthma in the U.S.
Food Allergy Facts
Food Allergy Awareness: Disease Statistics
Did you know?
Food allergy affects 5% of children under the age of 5 and 4% of children aged 5 to 17 years and adults in the United States.
Prevalence rates in the United States:
• Peanut: 0.6%
• Tree nuts: 0.4-0.5%
• Fish: 0.2% in children and 0.5% in adults
• Crustacean shellfish (crab, crayfish, lobster, shrimp): 0.5% in children
and 2.5% in adults
• All seafood: 0.6% in children and 2.8% in adults
• Milk and egg: no reliable data available from U.S. studies, but based on data
obtained outside the United States, this rate is likely to be 1-2% for
Source: NIH Publication, Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.
Allergy Buyer's Guide
Must-Read Topics on our Support Forums
Our Kids With Food Allergies online community is mobile! We have an iPhone App. In addition, our community has a mobile version for all mobile browsers and also works in standard (web) view. You can access KFA whenever you need us. Registration is free!
Accident in the Car!
Not a motor vehicle accident, but kids sharing snacks in the back seat. Do you have a no-food policy in your car?
First Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The new dairy-free Daiya cheese slices have made one boy very happy.
Smarties Ingredient Change
Smarties recently changed their ingredients to include natural flavors.
NEW on Our Community: We have launched a new forum for money saving tips to help families with the expenses associated with food allergies. Find coupons, special deals from our sponsors, share budget tips and more. Join us for Money Saving Tips for Families Managing Food Allergies.
Food Allergy Recalls
Food Alerts! Have you checked KFA's Allergy Recall Alerts recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
Multiple Allergen Alerts:
Carson's: Fudge Brownie Cookie and Assorted Cookie Pack (milk, peanut, soy, treenut, wheat)
La Romanella: Tri-Color Cheese Tortellini (egg, milk, wheat)
Maple View Farms: Ice Cream (peanut, soy, treenut, wheat)
7th Heaven Bakeries: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (egg, milk, soy)
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Orville Redenbacher's: Classic Kettle Korn Ready-to-Eat Popcorn
Eba: Multivitamin Supplement
Soy Allergy Alerts:
Formaggio: Authentic Hand Rolled Fresh Mozzarella with Chorizo and Cilantro
Real Pasta: various products
Canadian Allergy Recalls
Egg Allergy Alerts:
Chocolat Jean-Talon: Hollow Milk Flavoured Confections
Milk Allergy Alerts:
Blue Dragon: Wasabi Plum Stir Fry Sauce
Trung Nguyen: G7 Coffee
Ja-Patty: various products
Hevy D's: Old Fashioned Kettle Korn Caramel Flavour Gourmet Popcorn
Mustard Allergy Alerts:
Donatello and Zia Maria: Frozen Pizzas
Safeway: Curry Powder
Arbutus Ridge Farms: Macaroni and Potato Salad Products
Sesame Allergy Alerts:
Ah Fong: various products
Sulfite Allergy Alerts:
Golden Sun: Seedless Raisins
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