Food Allergy Awareness Week May 9-15

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 9:10pm
PeteFerraro's picture
Joined: 07/10/2001 - 09:00

As many of you know, Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 9-15. I started this thread so we could discuss what/if any of us are planning to do to support food allergy awareness.

I pledge to create a rough draft Food Allergy Policy for the local soccer club that my kids participate in. I will share what I create so that others can benefit from it.

More info about FAAW can be found at: [url=""][/url]

We also bought our peanut allergic son a few "I have a peanut allergy" shirts. We also bought a few "Peanut Free Zone" signs that we'll post in our yard for the week around our yard.

We're also thinking of having a "Food Allergy" party for all the kids in the neighborhood.

Pete Ferraro

Posted on: Sat, 04/24/2004 - 3:51pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

I sent a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger (California) requesting that he issue a proclamation around Food Allergy Awareness Week.
Minor vent - FAAN didn't have any info on their site this year about that tactic (perhaps since 44 states did so last year, and maybe it's no longer important to them???), so I called them to request some info (recalling that a sample letter/proclamation text had been provided in past years). Get a special packet mailed to me by FAAN two weeks later....still no letter sample inside! [img][/img]
Fortunately, found some old materials, and just updated them myself.

Posted on: Sat, 04/24/2004 - 7:05pm
Cindia's picture
Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

Hi nutternomore,
Would you be willing to post your sample letter? I am in Calif. also and would send one to the Governator as well.

Posted on: Sun, 04/25/2004 - 6:55am
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Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

Subject: Request for Proclamation - Food Allergy Awareness Week May 9-15, 2004
Governor Schwarzenegger,
As a state citizen, I am writing to request a proclamation be issued this year for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK, May 9 - 15, 2004.
With your support in declaring FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK, we can continue to increase public awareness about food allergies and
anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction. It is our objective to help educate schools, restaurants and the general public of the serious and potentially life-threatening nature of food allergies.
Please find a draft of a proposed Proclamation for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK for the week of May 9 - 15 and help support the food-allergic citizens of California. We would like a publication date by April 30,
2004, if possible.
Please direct all correspondence to:
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Attention: Media
10400 Eaton Place, Suite 107
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: (703) 691-3179 Fax: (703) 691-2713
Thank you for your consideration in declaring:
WHEREAS: Hundreds of Americans die each year due to food-induced anaphylaxis. The deaths are caused by individuals unknowingly eating a food containing an ingredientto which they were allergic.
WHEREAS: Anaphylaxis is a sudden, allergic reaction involving major organs in the body simultaneously. In severely allergic individuals it can cause death in a matter of minutes.
WHEREAS: Children are the largest group affected by food allergies. Researchers estimate 11 million Americans, or roughly 1 in every 25 Americans, have food allergies. Symptoms can include hives, vomiting,
diarrhea, respiratory distress, and swelling of the throat.
WHEREAS: Eight foods cause 90% of all food allergy reactions. These foods are shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, soy and wheat.
WHEREAS: Eating in restaurants and at school are the situations posing the highest risk for people with food allergies. Oftentimes, wait staff and cafeteria staff are not aware of the ingredients used to prepare the food
they are serving, and they are unprepared to handle and allergic reaction.
WHEREAS: There is no cure for potentially fatal food allergies. Strict avoidance of the offending food is the only way to avoid a reaction.
WHEREAS: The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about food allergies and anaphylaxis, a potentially life threatening allergic
Now, therefore, I, Arnold Schwarzenegger, GOVERNOR for the State of California do hereby proclaim the second week of May:
in the State of California.

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 12:17pm
PeteFerraro's picture
Joined: 07/10/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Nutternomore:
[b]I sent a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger (California) requesting that he issue a proclamation around Food Allergy Awareness Week.[/b]
I did the same thing in Pennsylvania.
Pete Ferraro
[This message has been edited by PeteFerraro (edited April 26, 2004).]

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 1:45pm
Cindia's picture
Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

Thanks so much!

Posted on: Wed, 04/28/2004 - 11:48am
virginia mom's picture
Joined: 03/12/2003 - 09:00

I wish that Food Allergy Awareness week came later in the year, maybe September or October. The end of the school year is rapidly approaching, so any food allergy information will not receive the attention it would at the beginning of a school year. I also would like to present the information at a Girl Scout council meeting, but again, most troops only have one meeting left before the summer and they don't want to introduce any "new" topics.

Posted on: Wed, 04/28/2004 - 12:21pm
PeteFerraro's picture
Joined: 07/10/2001 - 09:00

Virginia mom that is an awsome suggestion!
I'd suggest that you contact FANN.
I created a draft of my food allergy policy for my son's soccer club. I posted it in the 'Sports' thread (Page 4).
Please add any suggestions there.
For your convenience here is the url of the 'Sports' thread:
Pete Ferraro

Posted on: Wed, 04/28/2004 - 9:52pm
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Joined: 05/03/2002 - 09:00

Ironically, Food Allergy Awareness Week begins on my PA son's 3rd birthday! For a birthday treat at daycare, I got these sturdy cardboard "flip" books (educational,too [img][/img] and will put each in a goody bag with this tag attached:
In this bag, you won't find,
Candy or food of any kind.
It's my birthday and I want to share
Something safe to make you aware...
Food Allergies are on the rise,
For kids under 2 the percentage is five.
Peanuts and eggs can make me sick,
My parents teach me that avoidance is the trick.
For celebrations with food I have to say NO
Because if I don't to the ER I'll go!
Sometimes it stinks to be allergic to food,
but please don't think I'm trying to be rude.
I brought you this book,
Because I thought it would be great
To bring in a treat,
In which everyone could participate!
Food ALlergy Awareness Week May 9-15th 2004
hopefully this will go over well next week when I bring them in. There is another child with food allergies in my son's class- and his mom thought it was a great idea.

Posted on: Wed, 04/28/2004 - 10:19pm
arachide's picture
Joined: 08/16/2000 - 09:00

austin2001 - what a terrific poem for a goody bag! I wholeheartedly agree about foodless bags.
Hope you don't mind if I use your poem sometime [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/29/2004 - 1:06pm
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Joined: 04/20/2004 - 09:00

Austin, what a great poem!
I think I'll copy it too if you don't mind [img][/img]
I'm not even sure where to begin for FAAW. I'd love to help and do anything I can as I am new to this and already noticing the road blocks. Lead me in the right direction.....



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