Food Allergy Awareness Week Challenge!

Posted on: Sat, 04/06/2002 - 5:53am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

pI just fired off emails to all the local news stations and newspaper, begging them to run a news story on Food Allergies for Food Allergy Awareness Week. I challenge everyone here to do the same. Let's make our voices be heard!/p

Peanut Free Store

Posted on: Sat, 04/06/2002 - 10:39am
Joanne's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

If you contact the media about Food Allergy Awareness Week remember to bring up the new peanut butter Oreo. This is another example of the food industry continuing to introduce peanut and peanutbutter versions of foods while the instances of peanut allergy among children have dramatically increased. It is becoming more and more difficult to find prepackaged foods, particularly "snack" foods, that are produced on dedicated peanut free equipment.

Posted on: Mon, 04/08/2002 - 8:49am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Will do!!
I am also going to ask my family (those who "get it") to do so as well.

Posted on: Wed, 04/10/2002 - 12:24am
lucy van pelt's picture
Joined: 10/10/2001 - 09:00

Forgive me, but when is Food Allergy Awareness Week?

Posted on: Wed, 04/10/2002 - 1:13am
Love my C's picture
Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

It looks like May 5-11, 2002 according to Corvallis Mom. Check out her post a couple of topics down on this thread titled:
Heads Up! Food Allergy Awareness Week!!!
[This message has been edited by Love my C (edited April 10, 2002).]

Posted on: Wed, 04/10/2002 - 5:10am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Well, I have contacted news agencies from Eugene to Vancouver WA.... we'll see if it works.
Lori- have you called the governor's office yet? I will as well, in any case.
If anyone needs any ideas, here is what I am sending out:
I am writing to remind you that May 5-11, 2002 is Food Allergy Awareness Week. I am also asking that you consider running a piece highlighting food allergies to mark this week. Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW) is a national campaign which spreads awareness about food allergy and what to do when allergic reactions occur so that fatalities can be prevented. For additional information, including media kits and press releases, please contact The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, [url=","],[/url] e-mail Traci Tavares at [email][/email], or call their toll-free number at 1-800-929-4040. Some of the current facts about food allergy in the U.S. include:
 Allergic reactions to food are an inappropriate immune response to a normally harmless food protein. When the immune system detects the food protein, it directs many cells in the allergic person

Posted on: Wed, 04/10/2002 - 1:54pm
skanb's picture
Joined: 05/24/2001 - 09:00

I contacted a local news station and got a form e-mail response. No personal touch at all. I contacted the local paper, have not heard from them. Any ideas how to get people to take this seriously? I would love to help spread the word this way, but don't seem to be having much luck. I'll keep trying. Kristi

Posted on: Thu, 04/11/2002 - 12:53am
lucy van pelt's picture
Joined: 10/10/2001 - 09:00

It would be helpful for people to put what state/city/country they are working in, whom they are trying to contact. Apart from that it takes multiple phone calls to newspapers. You need to know the corect person to talk to(ask when you call), what section it comes nder in your paper(again,ask) and if at all possible, go in person. Newspapers typically get press releases from all kinds of people,groups,etc... everyday. You need to make your message personal. Tell them why this is important to you, how other people can benefit from their writing about it and keep calling or going by. The squeakiest wheel gets paid attention to.

Posted on: Mon, 04/15/2002 - 2:16am
Diane's picture
Joined: 12/15/1999 - 09:00

Looking for IDEAS! I wrote to two local papers in my area regarding the Food ALlergy Awareness Week and one of them just called for an interview. She and a photographer will be here on Thursday to talk with my daughter and I. She was extremely interested and asked questions about my daughter's school too. Any suggestions other than the obvious information that I might want to bring to light here? I would appreciation any of your input. I have 3 days to prepare! I feel like I can bring the allergy out in the public eye here in town. I'm making a list of points and I know I'll miss some things, so please make suggestions based on your lives and experiences. Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 04/18/2002 - 11:37pm
lc3andme's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

<p>Sent press release,food allergy basics and a short letter to all TV stations in Charlotte, NC. Also sent the info to a national Radio show (The Bob & Sheri Show)<br />
that is based here in Charlotte. Faxed and wrote the Gov. We will see what happens.</p>

Posted on: Sat, 04/20/2002 - 12:39pm
Diane's picture
Joined: 12/15/1999 - 09:00

<p>That's a good idea to call the radio station. I never thought of that media. The local newspaper was here on Thursday and talked with my dd and I for almost 2 hours. The interview went well and they took a few pictures of my dd holding up an epi-pen with her medic alert bracelet showing. I told her about the problem with food labels and cross contamination. The reporter told us that she has a severe penicillen allergy. But she didn't have any idea what was involved with a severe food allergy. She said she is going to call the school and the pediatrician to ask them questions also. We'll see what they print in the actual article. She said it will be out either by next Thursday or the following. (It comes out every Thursday)</p>



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