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Is Your School Food Allergy Smart™?
Food allergies are a growing health concern in schools across the country. The incidence of the peanut allergy — the deadliest of all the food allergies — fully tripled in the ten-year period from 1997-2008.
Today, more than 2 million school-aged children in this country suffer from food allergies. Medical experts agree that this number is increasing exponentially. These kids must watch every bite they eat or risk suffering a potentially life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.
With more and more young children being diagnosed every day, schools must become proactive in creating a safer environment for kids with life-threatening food allergies. To help, we've developed easy-to-implement guidelines so that every school can become FoodAllergy Smart™.
Is your school FoodAllergy Smart™?
FoodAllergy Smart™ schools are better, safer places for students with food allergies because:
For more information, see safe@school partners’ handout Recommended School Training: How to CARE for Kids with Food Allergies.
Author Maria Laura Acebal, J.D., is the Founder & Director of "safe@school partners", which merged with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (now Food Allergy Research and Education.) Reprinted with permission.
Reviewed by KFA Medical Advisory Team June 2007. Updated May 2013.
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