Food Allergy Awareness Week

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Food Allergy Awareness Week is 5/13-19, a time to take note of the 15 million Americans with food allergies.  To kick off this educational week, the Empire State Building will be lit in a teal color on 5/13.

Some food allergy statistics are as follows:

  • One is 13 children has food allergies, that’s 2 children in every US classroom. (An important  part to the education of Food Allergies is for other children in the classroom to be aware and sensitive to this issue.)
  • Eight foods account for the majority of reactions:  eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish.
  • There was a 50% increase in the prevalence of children with food allergies from 1997-2011.

FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education, which works on behalf of the millions of Americans who have food allergies reports today that there is a shortage of EpiPen, so this year’s Food Allergy Awareness week is more important than ever.

Free resources are available at www.foodallergies.org/education-awareness

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