May 10th through May 16th 2015 marks Food Allergy Awareness Week.
We all live with the stress of managing food allergies, so I think it is nice to have a chance to celebrate in spite of the challenges. Food Allergies have made us more aware of what we eat, where it comes from. They led me to starting this blog, and my desire to help others through advocacy. Food Allergies led me to finding some of the most wonderful friends and allies through social media- who enrich my life and fill my heart. I can not imagine my life without the community and friends I have made- all because of food allergies.
Are you wondering about some things you could do to celebrate or make a difference? Here are a few suggestions:
Make a donation to your favorite Food Allergy group. Some of my favorites are:
- Kids with Food Allergies Foundation
- E.A.T. End Allergies Together; 100% of money goes to Research!
- FARE Food Allergy Research Education
- Dr. Li’s Research for Chinese Herbal Medicine and a cure for allergies (Initial goal reached, second phase about to begin) The reason I support her research is that I feel it shows the most promise, and would be what I would consider for my own children. For more information please see Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure
- Buy and Donate Allergen Friendly Food to Your Local Food Pantry
Some fun ways to show your support:
Add a banner to your Social Media account:
- Teal Awareness Tattoos
- Wear Something Teal each day!
Another one of my favorite ways to celebrate- you could buy copies of Food Allergy Childrens Books to donate to your school, class, or Library! Or plan to go into your child’s classroom to read a few of your favorites to the class. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Nutley the Nut Free Squirrel by Stephanie Sorkin
- No Biggie Bunch Book Series by Heather Mehra -Buy 2 books for your Library- and get 2 free!
- Gordy and the Magic Diet by April Runge
- Mangos for Max by Dr. Jessica St Louis
- The Bugabees, by Amy Recob
- The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Tale by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
These are just a few suggestions for how you can help celebrate and raise awareness. What are some other ways you could celebrate #FoodAllergyAwarenessWeek?