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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 doubled in the five-year period from 1997-2002.
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 is Founder & Director of "safe@school partners" (www.foodallergysmart.org), a nonprofit dedicated to training schools and camps on food allergy safety. Reprinted with permission.
Reviewed by KFA Medical Advisory Team June 2007.
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