With an eye on the food allergy community as a unique group of consumers since 2008, we're on a quest to find and share ways to continue enjoying the good things in life allergen-free.

18 March 2015

Food Allergies Rock in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts is really a happening place for those with food allergies lately! We're even expecting another visit from well known food allergy singer and advocate Kyle Dine!

In mid-April, Kyle will be coming to Norwood, Massachusetts for a concert, Food Allergies Rock!
Saturday, April 18, 2015
10:30 AM to 12:00 NOON

at Norwood High School
245 Nichols Street
Norwood, MA

Admission and parking are free. "No need for tickets or pre-registration; just come and enjoy!
Check out his songs at www.kyledine.com
Meet other families and make food allergies fun
Download a flyer from the website for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - New England Chapter to "post and share with friends or at your school, pre-school or in the community:www.asthmaandallergies.org"

11 March 2015

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America New England Chapter's Annual Celebration

Don't miss the New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's annual Breath of Spring celebration! It is being held at 7:00 PM on May 1, 2015 at the Newton Marriott Hotel in Newton, MA, and humorist Loretta LaRoche will be featured. There'll be food and drinks,and many exciting auction items.

In addition, Frank J. Twarog, MD, PhD, will be honored for his years of service to AAFA New England.

There are many ways to show your support and help make this event a success. Items (products or services) are needed for silent or live auction. Ads in the program book for the evening may be purchased and are a great way to get your allergy friendly business' name out into the allergy community, and other sponsorship opportunities are available as well!

"Tickets to attend are included in some sponsorship packages, or may be ordered by mail using this form or on-line."
For additional information or to volunteer on the "Breath of Spring" team, please visit the website, call Debbie Saryan (781-444-7778) or send an e-mail to deb@aafane.org.

09 March 2015

Food Allergy Buzz Around New England: New Homefree Cookies

Food allergy friendly HomeFree, based out of New Hampshire, has added two new products to their line of tasty gluten free, food allergy friendly products. The gluten-free lemon burst mini cookies are free of the top 8 food allergens, and also contain no soy, sesame or corn. In addition, HomeFree's gluten-free chocolate chip mini cookies are now available in snack size multi-packs. HomeFree has a dedicated manufacturing facility which is free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat and gluten.

We are looking forward to trying the lemon burst cookies and KNOW the snack size packs will come in very handy!

08 March 2015

Food Allergy Researcher Needs Your Input

A graduate nursing student at Southeastern Louisiana University would like your assistance with her research regarding the relationship between maternal peanut consumption during pregnancy and the development of peanut allergies in children. To that end, she is seeking participants in a brief survey. I have copied and pasted her letter below, and you also may view her letter (on Southeastern Louisiana University letterhead) here. The survey is open until March 20, 2015. Her contact information as well as her research supervisors' contact information is below for any questions you may have. Thank you for supporting this graduate student and food allergy research!

March 3, 2015

Dear Participant:

I am writing to request your participation in a survey, which is part of a research project I am conducting in partial fulfillment of the required course work for the Master of Science in Nursing program at Southeastern Louisiana University. The purpose of this survey is to examine the relationship between maternal peanut consumption during pregnancy and the development of peanut allergies in children.

Please use the link provided below to access the survey on Survey Monkey. It would be greatly appreciated if you complete the survey by March 20, 2015. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. There are no known risks from participating in this study, except for mild frustration, sometimes associated with participation in a survey. You do not have to answer every question and you may quit at any time. By completing the survey, voluntary consent is implied. The survey is expected to take approximately 10 minutes of your time. The information provided through this survey is strictly anonymous. No identifying information will be collected. The survey responses will be downloaded and stored on a password-protected computer to which only the researcher will have access. Survey responses will be evaluated for statistically significant associations. Findings may be included in future publications.

For any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, you may contact Dr. Michelle Hall, Chair of the Southeastern Louisiana University Institutional Review Board at 985-549-2077. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact me, Adrienne Cotaya (225) 572-6189 or my course faculty Dr. Lorinda Sealey at (985) 549-5045.

Thank you in advance,

Adrienne Cotaya, RN, BSN, FNP-Student
Southeastern Louisiana University
Graduate Nursing Program

07 March 2015

Food Allergy Educational Campaign March 2015: Get to Know Your Epi and Practice!

Gina Mennett Lee, a leading food allergy advocate and educator, has initiated a wonderful food allergy education campaign, with the assistance of Caroline Moassessi and Sharon Wong, two top food allergy activists and bloggers in their own right. Each month, they will take turns writing about an important food allergy topic, and I am supporting the campaign by helping spread the word as well. If you have a blog, I encourage you to take part in this important food allergy education and awareness campaign. For more information about the campaign, please contact Gina Mennett Lee at gmleeconsultingATgmail.com.

The themes for the month of March is "Get to Know Your Epi and Practice." Most individuals with life threatening food allergies have an epinephrine injector--I hope!--but many become complacent and don't review just how to use the injector. There is no better time than the present to review! As Sharon's blog post points out, each of the epinephrine injector manufacturer sites provides directions on how to use the injector, and each type of injector is slightly different so it is important to know how to use yours! 

In addition to watching the instruction video to refresh your memory on how to use the injector you have, it is also a good idea to review your emergency action plan with your physician. My son and I do this each year when we visit the allergist for his annual allergy appointment. We also like to get a refresher demonstration from the nurse on how to use the Epipen while we are there. If you have old expired injectors, it can be helpful to practice using one; inject an orange so you know how it works!

I hope you will join this educational campaign and share this important information with friends and family too. To show your support, Gina, Caroline, and Sharon encourage you to practice using your injector, take a selfie, and share a photo on social media with the hashtag #FAEC15 (Food Allergy Educational Campaign 2015).


17 February 2015

Food Allergy Friendly? Mondelez Acquisition of Enjoy Life Foods

News of Enjoy Life Food's acquisition by Mondelez spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter yesterday. Enjoy Life management placed phone calls to prominent food allergy advocates to personally inform them of the news and reassure them that trusted Enjoy Life Foods would not change its practices. Management even responded to individual tweets and posts on Facebook to assure continuity to their customers. They are a class act and always have been.

Mondelez, the former parent company of Kraft Foods, is a world leader in snack foods, and manufactures popular snacks such as Oreos, Chips Ahoy, Triscuits and Trident gum. Mondelez has played a big role in fighting GMO labeling in California and Washington state, as well as other states. Despite its use of GMOs and its opposition to GMO labeling, however, Mondelez has made a shift toward trying to focus more on healthy eating by reducing the amount of saturated fats in its products, using more whole grains, and manufacturing more 100 calorie snack packages. The press release about the purchase of Enjoy Life Foods noted that the allergen-free company fits with the recent Mondelez focus on "better for you" foods.

I hope Mondelez will knock my socks off the way Enjoy Life Foods has. I think so highly of Enjoy Life Foods. Over the last several years, Enjoy Life Foods truly has set the standard for food allergy friendly off-the-shelf snacks in the United States. Enjoy Life Foods enjoys a well-deserved, stellar reputation, and has set the bar high for other manufacturers of food allergy friendly snack foods.Congratulations to Enjoy Life Foods on their success!

15 February 2015

Peanut Allergy Survey for Student's Science Fair Project

Please help a young student with his science fair project by answering his 3 question survey about peanut allergy. Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/72ZG7MS

Thank you!
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