Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americanshave food allergies and it affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. The month of May is dedicated towards raising awareness and educating public on food allergies. We have put together a list of initiatives and activities in May to help you do your bit and get involved:
- Food Allergy Action Month – May 2015: Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)has called out May to be the Food Allergy Action Month. There are a number of activities and ways to get involved throughout the month of May. Activities are circled around raising awareness, educating others and inspiring action to support the food allergy community. FARE also offers free resources like posters and handouts to help others understand the broad impact and serious nature of food allergies.
- For more information on the Food Allergy Action Month, please visit: bit.ly/FoodAllergyActionMonth. You can find an action that you can take each day of the month to make a difference in this calendar: bit.ly/ActionCalendar
- Food Allergy Awareness Week – May 10-16, 2015: According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. Since 1998, FARE has been educating public on food allergies through the Food Allergy Awareness Week which starts from May 10 through May 16 this year. You can start small by creating awareness in your personal networks on social media. Tweet facts about food allergies to inspire others to take action in your networks. FARE has created resources for social media like tweets and profile pictures http://bit.ly/1bKzDbj
- AnaphylaxisAwareness Day – May 13, 2015: On May 13, FARE wants you to take action by learning how to use an epinephrine auto-injector or training someone else. Every three minutes, a food allergy sends someone to the ER and this day will help reduce that number if each one of you can learn how to deal with a food allergy crisis situation.
- National Eosinophil Awareness Week – May 17-23, 2015: On May 15, 2007, the House of Representatives passed HB 296 designated the third week of May as National Eosinophil Awareness Week (NEAW). The purpose of this week is to create awareness and educate general public and the medical community on diseases associated with Eosinophil. The theme of NEAW is E-D-U-C-A-T-E (Educate, Donate, Unite, Change, Awareness, Thank, Engage). Each topic corresponds with a list of suggested activities for each day of the awareness week http://bit.ly/EosinophilAwareness
These activities give each one of you a great opportunity to shine light on food allergies – a condition which still remains unknown to many. How do you plan to inspire action this year?
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