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What's New for Kids With Food Allergies Foundation
Kids With Food Allergies Announcements:
• Kids with Food Allergies announces the release of "From Confusion to Confidence: A Starter Guide for Parenting a Child with Food Allergies."
This free guide includes a 47-page compilation of articles, checklists and resources on topics ranging from understanding food allergy, diagnosis and treatment to day-to-day management of nutrition, cooking, shopping and living with food allergies. More info
This free 47-page e-book is filled with essential information for parenting a food allergic child.
• We are very pleased to announce that Dana Garson has been elected to the Board of Directors for Kids With Food Allergies.
Dana received her B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas, and brings to KFA 15 years of experience developing brands and brand behaviors, specializing in new product launches and the repositioning of brands through identity, advertising and the digital space. She has extensive experience as both an art director and creative director, and has created advertising campaigns in both print and television for such names as Range Rover, Designer Shoe Warehouse, and ESPN Zone. Her work has been recognized by The One Show, the Addys, the New York Festivals, I.D. magazine and CEBA (Creative Excellence in Business Advertising).
• Research Study of a Coping Skills Group for Children with Food Allergy
Children's Hospital Boston is conducting a research study to investigate the usefulness of a group program for children with food allergy ages 9 to 12 years and their parents. The group is designed to help children develop coping skills to manage food allergies, as well as manage stress and anxiety that can go along with having food allergies. We hope that results of the study will help us to improve the services offered to children with food allergies and their families in the future.
If you participate in the study, you and your child will be asked to attend four 90-minute group sessions at Children's Hospital Boston. Additionally, you and your child will be asked to attend two other study visits at Children’s Hospital Boston: the first within two weeks prior to the first group session, and the second about a month after the last group session. During these visits, you will be asked to complete questionnaires about your child’s medical history and the impact of food allergy on your and your child’s quality of life. Your child will be asked to complete questionnaires about the impact of food allergies on quality of life, attitudes about food allergies, and confidence in completing allergy management tasks. The study questionnaires will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. There is no cost to participate in the study. Participating families will receive parking vouchers and gift certificates to Barnes & Noble.
This research is being conducted by Jennifer LeBovidge, Ph.D., Michael Pistiner, M.D., M.M.Sc., and Lynda Schneider, M.D. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Heather Strauch, the study coordinator, at (617) 355-2195.
• KFA Welcomes Dr. Todd Green as Chair of KFA's Medical Advisory Team
Todd Green, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy/Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has accepted the role of Chair of KFA's Medical Advisory Team (MAT). Dr. Green has been a member of KFA's Medical Advisory Team since 2007.
Dr. Green received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his allergy fellowship at Duke University. He is board certified in Pediatrics and in Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Green has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles on peanut allergy and other food allergy topics.
Kimberly Khosla, M.D., Chair since 2004, will remain on the MAT as a member. Dr. Khosla was instrumental in organizing the MAT and making sure that KFA's educational program offerings are accurate and trustworthy.
KFA's Family Fun Event & Expo in the Philadelphia area is right around the corner. If you are planning to attend, please register at Firstgiving.
KFA Food Allergy Expo The expo will feature an enjoyable allergy education musical program for kids by Kyle Dine on Sunday, September 13 at Whole Foods, North Wales, Pennsylvania. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and the expo runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. More than 20 allergy-friendly businesses will have exhibits. Activities and entertainment for children will include a dance-a-thon, costumed characters, Kyle's performance and more! This will be a great opportunity to pick up back-to-school allergy information and allergy-friendly products, as well as fun for your whole family. Admission is free.
KFA thanks Presenting Sponsor Whole Foods Market North Wales, Platinum Sponsor Nutricia North America, as well as Gold Sponsors Sunbutter, STATkids, Allergaroo, Twinject, Elecare, EpiPen and Carlson Labs. Silver Sponsor Cherrybrook Kitchen will be sending PBS Kids' Character Arthur to visit with the children!
AAAAI Summer Recipes The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology selected and featured several allergy-friendly recipes from KFA's Safe Eats™ on their Web site. Thank you Kathy Przywara, Lauri, rachelandtyke, and Laurie Carson for submitting great recipes to KFA!
It's here! The spring report of new, food allergy-friendly foods is now available!
KFA publishes these reports twice a year to help families find the newest foods available on the market that cater to the food allergy community.
New for 2009:
Download the printable Special Report: New Food Allergy-Friendly Foods Spring 2009 Adobe Reader (PDF)
• Follow KFA's President on Twitter
Get instant updates from KFA's President, Lynda Mitchell, by following KFA on Twitter!
• Health On the Net Foundation (HON) awards HON Seal again for 2009The Health On the Net Foundation visited our Web site again this year and found that it complies with HONcode principles for trustworthy health information. What does this mean? HON has certified for another year that KFA demonstrates its commitment to meet ethical standards in the presentation of health information.
• Food Allergy Awareness All-Occasion Greeting CardsThese adorable greeting cards feature artwork by a food allergic child and are sure to warm your heart.
The back of each card includes a food allergy awareness message and our Kids With Food Allergies logo.
• Food Allergens in Vaccines and Medications
KFA has developed a series of articles to help parents learn about potential food allergens in vaccinations and medicines such as allergy and asthma inhalers.
For KFA Family Members:
Ingredient Differences in Generic and Brand Name Medications
A generic drug is one that is chemically identical to its brand name equivalent. A generic drug does not necessarily contain the same inactive ingredients as its brand name drug equivalent, which can pose a risk to food allergic children.
• KFA Responds to the FDA About Allergen Advisory Labeling
Thanks to all of you who participated in KFA's labeling survey last November. KFA used your survey responses to compose a lengthy comment to the FDA on allergen advisory labeling. KFA's submission is now available on the FDA Web site: Download KFA's Comment
Read all of KFA's Announcements for 2008