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Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) wants to help diners with food allergies have a safer and more enjoyable time when dining out. Recently they announced the launch of the SafeFARE program, an online resource center and public awareness campaign about dining out with food allergies. The SafeFARE website (www.safefare.org) includes tips for before and during a visit to a restaurant, a customizable “Food Allergy Alert” chef card, and a “Find a Restaurant” feature that will allow diners to find local restaurants with staff that have completed allergen training programs. FARE has also released a national public service announcement (PSA), featuring celebrity chefs Bryan Voltaggio and Mike Isabella, focused on promoting teamwork between people with food allergies and restaurant staff. More information is available at http://www.safefare.org/. Visitors to the website can also download a SafeFARE flyer to send to local restaurants encouraging them to sign up for food allergy training and then get listed in the SafeFARE restaurant database.
 

Have you viewed the DISCOVERY CHANNEL documentary, "An Emerging Epidemic:  Food Allergies in America," which aired in September?  FARE is thrilled to have partnered with the Discovery Channel to produce this important documentary, featuring our very own Anne Thompson, her son Andrew, and Dr. Ruchi Gupta, that explores what it is like to live with life-threatening food allergies, how families and individuals managing food allergies are working to raise awareness in their communities, and the vital research underway to find effective treatments and a cure.   The hour-long documentary profiles several individuals and families managing food allergies and includes interviews with leading allergists and FARE CEO John Lehr. The program was supported through an educational grant from FARE and Mylan  

 
The new Children's Memorial Food Allergy Video "What I Wish You Knew About My Food Allergies" is now on the Children's Memorial website as well as on YouTube!  Please take the time to view this important video and tell everyone you know about it...  The video shares children speaking from the heart about what it is like to live with the challenges of having food allergies.  This is a crucial training tool that the Children's Memorial Food Allergy Community Educators will be using when training staff in schools, preschools, daycares, etc.   We are asking that you tell everyone you know about it to help raise awareness about food allergies.
 
The links are as follows:
 
https://secure.childrensmemorial.org/newsroom/media.aspx?category=3&media=126
 
and
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STabBr7cVJk
 
Thank you to FAI Chicago and Children's Memorial Hospital for this heartfelt video... and thank you to all of you for helping to spread the word about food allergies!

 

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RECENTLY RELEASED! DR. RUCHI GUPTA'S NEW BOOK!

Written by Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, with Special Contribution by Denise Bunning, and with Carmen-Rae Carlson as Special Editor, you'll want multiple copies of this book to share with friends and family!

As daunting as food allergies might seem, researchers are making breakthroughs every day as they continue to search for cures. Written by a pediatrician and medical researcher who is also the mother of a child with food allergy, Dr. Ruchi S. Gupta’s The Food Allergy Experience will prove a trusted guide and reference supplying information and support for anyone seeking to help children with food allergies thoroughly enjoy life and develop to their full potential. Get your copy at www.foodallergyexperience.com.

IS YOUR SCHOOL ALLERGY-READY? How to C.A.R.E. for Students with Food Allergies: What Educators Should Know is an interactive online course that provides an any time, any place education solution for school personnel. Developed in partnership with leading organizations and critically evaluated by health professionals and educators, this innovative course is designed to help Boards of Education and school personnel prevent and manage emergency situations. Check it out at www.allergyready.com.

FOOD ALLERGY COMMUNITY EDUCATION (FACE) PROGRAM

With the generous support of FAI Chicago, Lurie Children's Hospital is offering this program which provides research-based food allergy education in Chicago area communities, free of charge, to help create a safer environment for children. The program is open to school, community and faith-based groups that would like additional food allergy education. For more information, and for school staff members to request a free session, visit Lurie Children's Hospital FACE Program.

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

This clinical report reviews the nutritional options during pregnancy, lactation, and the first year of life that may affect the development of atopic disease (atopic dermatitis, asthma, food allergy) in early life. It replaces an earlier policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics that addressed the use of hypoallergenic infant formulas and included provisional recommendations for dietary management for the prevention of atopic disease.

Summary:

  • “The documented benefits of nutritional intervention that may prevent or delay the onset of atopic disease are largely limited to infants at high risk of developing allergy (ie, infants with at least 1 first-degree relative [parent or sibling] with allergic disease).”
  • “Current evidence does not support a major role for maternal dietary restrictions during pregnancy or lactation.”
  • “There is evidence that breastfeeding for at least 4 months, compared with feeding formula made with intact cow milk protein, prevents or delays the occurrence of atopic dermatitis, cow milk allergy, and wheezing in early childhood.”
  • “In studies of infants at high risk of atopy and who are not exclusively breastfed for 4 to 6 months, there is modest evidence that the onset of atopic disease may be delayed or prevented by the use of hydrolyzed formulas compared with formula made with intact cow milk protein, particularly for atopic dermatitis.”
  • “Comparative studies of the various hydrolyzed formulas also indicate that not all formulas have the same protective benefit.”
  • “There is also little evidence that delaying the timing of the introduction of complementary foods beyond 4 to 6 months of age prevents the occurrence of atopic disease.”
  • “At present, there are insufficient data to document a protective effect of any dietary intervention beyond 4 to 6 months of age for the development of atopic disease.”

 

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