What's New for Kids With Food Allergies Foundation
Kids With Food Allergies Announcements:June 2012
•Kids With Food Allergies Foundation's Blog Selected as One of Best Allergy Blogs for 2012
Our new blog has been selected as a top food allergy blog by Healthline for 2012.
We are pleased that our blog has quickly been recognized as a top choice for quality food allergy information and news. Our blog offers several collections that can be subscribed to individually as well: Food Allergy News; Food, Nutrition and Recipes; Announcements from KFA’s Leadership; and Updates from KFA’s Medical Advisory Team.
•Kids With Food Allergies Foundation's Begins New Monthly Webinar Series
The mission of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation is to help families keep children with food allergies safe and healthy. Our new educational webinar series will expand our current education and support services for families - and we're happy to announce they are free! Look for announcements of upcoming webinars by visiting our website or subscribing to our free e-newsletters .
•Kids With Food Allergies Foundation Celebrates Food Allergy Awareness Week with Its Third Annual Faces of Food Allergies Campaign
More than 500 children's photos where shared to help illustrate the many faces of the 6 million children nationwide affected by food allergies, and to show that kids with food allergies can do anything, despite their dietary restrictions! This slideshow-style public service announcement generated public awareness and gave children the opportunity to see that they are not alone.
•KFA Wins Reader's Choice Award for Best Food Allergy Support Site
Kids With Food Allergies Foundation is the winner of the About.com Reader's Choice Award for providing the best online food allergy support. Thank you for voting!
•KFA's Online Community Has Been Upgraded with Numerous New FeaturesKids With Food Allergies Foundation has upgraded its online community and it's now mobile.
If you have not visited our community recently, please visit today. We have new enhancements to our forums to make it even easier for all of us to work together to keep our kids safe and healthy.
• Full mobile access to all forums
• An iPhone app
• An updated new look
• Three new blogs including one from our Medical Advisory Team
• Enhanced privacy settings
• Easily upload and share photos and videos
• Facebook and Open ID integration (register/sign-in with Facebook, Google, Yahoo, etc.)
•Big News for KFA's Online CommunityWe are moving ahead with new enhancements to our website and forums to make it even easier for all of us to work together to keep our kids safe and healthy. And we know you'll be thrilled with the changes!
The first phase will be a major upgrade to our online community to give it a fresh look and help make it easier to access and use.
This is what you need to know now to prepare for this upgrade:
- Everything remains the same for now. Our current community is still open for you to log in and use.
- If you have not logged in recently, please log in to remain in an active status with us. We will be de-activating accounts of members who have not been active within the past two years, unless you are a current donor or Family Member.
- We will be transferring our forum discussions over to the new community, as well as member profiles, usernames and passwords. You will not need to register again if you are already one of our registered members.
Our team is working hard to have our new home ready for you very soon and will be with you every step of the way. We can't wait for you to check it out!
If you have any questions, please log in to our forums to read our FAQs and post any additional questions you may have.
• KFA Supporters Take Strides for Safe Kids
Hundreds of people attended our 3rd annual expo and fundraiser on September 11, 2011. We would like to thank all of our supporters who attended, made donations, supported a fundraising team or volunteered. It is with your help and support that Kids With Food Allergies Foundation continues to educate families with practical food allergy management strategies to save children's lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families.
• KFA is a Top 10 Finalist in the Philanthropic Classy Awards
On September 17, 2011, the Stay Classy organization held its annual Classy Awards in San Diego. KFA was honored to be a top 10 finalist (out of thousands of nominations) for the "Most Innovative Use of Social Media" category. KFA was represented at the awards by two KFA kids, one of our members and two of our staff. Kalika, age 11, and Alex, age 9, spoke with NBC San Diego on the red carpet to spread awareness about food allergies and KFA's mission to empower families to keep their kids healthy and safe.
Find Kalika and Alex at around the 3:30 mark in the video!
Visit KFA's Flickr page to see pictures of the Classy Awards.
• KFA Partners with Enjoy LIfe Foods to Offer "Are You a Savvy Label Reader?" Educational Campaign
We partnered with Enjoy Life Foods to offer a very popular ten-day online educational social media campaign on reading labels for the presence of food allergens.
• KFA Editorial Offers Insights for Doctors Caring for Food-Allergic Students
KFA medical advisors Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, Dr. Michael Pistiner and Dr. Todd Green, along with KFA President Lynda Mitchell, recently submitted an editorial called, "Empathy, Understanding, and Objectivity Need to Prevail for Students with Food Allergies," to the current issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology that is in press now. Annals is the peer-reviewed journal published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. This editorial will be published in an upcoming issue of Annals.
• KFA Celebrates Food Allergy Awareness Week with the Faces of Food Allergies Campaign
The Faces of Food Allergies Our community helped put a face to the statistics through an online photo sharing event for food allergy awareness week to show that kids with food allergies can do anything, despite their dietary restrictions! This slideshow-style public service announcement generated public awareness and gave children the opportunity to see that they are not alone in having food allergies.
•KFA Exhibits at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
We exhibited at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. We shared information about KFA, our community and our mission with hundreds of allergists from around the country. We also distributed patient education materials for physicians to share with their patients.
•KFA Updates its Name and Logo
We've been going through a strategic planning process over the past few months, which has resulted in a refined mission statement and name change to better reflect our commitments to the food allergy community.
Our new name for KFA is Kids With Food Allergies Foundation.
We've also updated our logo to include the new name - look for it as we update our print publications and website.
• KFA Launches New YouTube Channel
We launched our new YouTube Channel as an additional way to educate and support families and to raise awareness about the work of the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation and its mission to improve the lives of families and to empower families to create a safe and healthy future for their children.
• KFA Welcomes Two New Members to Our Board of Directors
Fishman earned her M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She has prior service on several nonprofit boards of directors. In addition to serving as a board member for KFA, she has also taken on the role of treasurer. Cathy shares her expertise in strategic planning as well as financial control and information systems.
Cohen earned her undergraduate degree in advertising and sociology from Pennsylvania State University and is the parent of a son with food allergies. She has more than a dozen years' experience in market research, and will be sharing her expertise in strategic marketing, branding and publishing.
We are grateful for their volunteer service as board members and for helping us shape the future direction of KFA.
• KFA Updates Its Mission Statement
Read all of KFA's Announcements for 2010