The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) encourages widespread participation of Food Allergy Awareness Week to enhance the knowledge and understanding of this potentially fatal medical condition nationwide.
The theme for the 13th Annual Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW), May 9-15, is “Respect Every Bite.” For individuals with food allergies, just one bite of a food that contains their allergen can lead to anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. Twelve million Americans have food allergies, including one in every 17 children under the age of 3.
FAAW is the perfect time to share these facts with others who may not fully appreciate the challenges of managing food allergies on an everyday basis. For the last 12 years, people across the country have contributed to the success of FAAW by planning special school food allergy presentations, writing to their state governor to request official state proclamations, hanging up posters, and holding fundraisers to benefit food allergy research.
These efforts are much needed, as statistics show that the prevalence of children with food allergies rose 18 percent between 1997 and 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Working together, we can improve the lives of people who manage food allergies by stepping up our awareness efforts during Food Allergy Awareness Week and every day,” said Julia Bradsher, CEO of FAAN. “Whether taking on a lemonade stand fundraiser or a school assembly focusing on food allergies, we hope as many people as possible find ways to raise awareness.”
Attached you will find a story about food allergies from just one of the 12 million Americans who have food allergies.
For more information on Food Allergy Awareness Week, visit www.foodallergy.org.