Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Food Allergy Awareness Week May 10-16

Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially fatal condition that afflicts approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25, and is rapidly increasing in prevalence. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN is dedicated to increasing public awareness, providing advocacy and education, and advancing research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction.

Until there is a cure, education is the key.

Be a PAL: Protect A Life™ From Food Allergies is an educational awareness program designed to help parents and educators teach students what food allergies are and how to help their friends who have food allergies.

The PAL program teaches five simple steps kids can take to keep their classmates safe:

1. Food allergies are serious. Don’t make jokes about them.
2. Don’t share food with friends who have food allergies.
3. Wash your hands after eating.
4. Ask what your friends are allergic to, and help them avoid it.
5. If a friend who has food allergies becomes ill, get help immediately!

A PAL Hero is someone whose actions help prevent a serious allergic reaction, or even save a life.

Bring the PAL program to your school today! Make a classroom presentation, provide information for school health fairs, or take advantage of other opportunities to spread awareness.

Click here for printable brochure

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