Not only is next week (May 13-19) Food Allergy Awareness Week, it’s also National Eosinophil Awareness Week! That’s no coincidence, since food allergies and eosinophilic disorders are closely related. For many of our families, both of these are important reason to celebrate next week and to spread the word.
Food Allergy Awareness Week
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network(FAAN) established the first official “week” to increase awareness of food allergies in 1998, making next week the 15thFood Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW). While many people know food allergies exist, they often don’t realize how serious food allergies can be. As a Neocate family member, you can help spread the word! Check out the FAAN’s resources to see what you can do to help increase public awareness of food allergies. One of our favorites: Ask your governor to issue a FAAW proclamation, if they haven’t already. Promotional posters, brochures, and presentations are some of the great resources FAAN offers.
National Eosinophil Awareness Week
National Eosinophil Awareness Week (NEAW), in its sixth year, is a bit newer than FAAW. It was created by the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders(APFED). You’d probably get some funny looks if you asked most folks what in eosinophil is, so this is a great time of year to do just that and fill them in. We often write about eosinophilic esophagitis(EoE), but did you know that eosinophilic disorders can affect any and all parts of the digestive tract? For many patients with an eosinophilic disorder, Neocate products are a significant (if not the only) part of the diet. Not only are people in general unaware of eosinophils, a lot of medical professionals also don’t know of the presence and impact of eosinophilic disorders. That makes next week a great time to inform friends, family, and health care professionals!
Take the opportunity next week to increase awareness of food allergies in general, and educate on eosinophilic disorders in particular. What will you do to celebrate FAAW and NEAW and promote this special week?