Advocating for children with food allergies and asthma is a great way to spread awareness during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. We invite you to help us take action on Advocacy Action Day!
When creating policies, Congress needs to consider what families managing food allergies and asthma need to live full, healthy lives. Around 5.6 million children and 26 million adults in the U.S. have food allergies.1,2 About 25 million people have asthma.3 And because these are related conditions, many children may have both.
These numbers show us how many people in the U.S. are managing food allergies and asthma. But they don’t show the impact these diseases have on families, their quality of life, and their communities.
We need more than just health care policies. We need Congress to consider the health of children with food allergies and asthma in all policies. They need the following to live healthy and full lives:
- Safe food
- Affordable, accessible, quality health care
- Clean air
- Healthy homes
- Financial stability
One way you can take action today is by asking Congress to support the Medical Nutrition Equity Act of 2021 (MNEA). MNEA is a bill that would require public and private insurance to cover medical foods, vitamins, and individual amino acids.
Medical foods are nutrition products (usually formulas) that are made to manage a disease or condition. They are prescribed and used under medical supervision. They are not the same as foods recommended by a doctor as part of a diet to manage symptoms. These products are sometimes needed to give complete or added nutrition. Children need proper nutrition for growth, mental development, and immune system development.
Help us expand coverage of medical foods by acting now! Use our tool below to send an email to your senators and representatives. You can also choose to post your message on Twitter. Then sign up to receive Advocacy Action Alerts so you can continue to help us advocate for people with asthma and allergies throughout the year.
Sign up to receive AAFA’s Advocacy Action Alerts!
Would you like to help us advocate on future issues that affect people with food allergies and asthma? We have two ways you can sign up to receive Advocacy Action Alerts.
- Text “AAFA” to 313131 to receive Advocacy Action Alerts and updates via text.
- Join our online community. Not only will you receive Advocacy Action Alerts, but you’ll also be able to talk with other people managing food allergies and asthma on our support forums. You’ll also get alerts about other news about managing your conditions, research, and more.
1. Gupta, R. S., Warren, C. M., Smith, B. M., Jiang, J., Blumenstock, J. A., Davis, M. M., Schleimer, R. P., & Nadeau, K. C. (2019). Prevalence and Severity of Food Allergies Among US Adults. JAMA Network Open, 2(1), e185630. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.5630
2. Gupta, R. S., Warren, C. M., Smith, B. M., Blumenstock, J. A., Jiang, J., Davis, M. M., & Nadeau, K. C. (2018). The Public Health Impact of Parent-Reported Childhood Food Allergies in the United States. Pediatrics, 142(6). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-1235
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). 2019 National Health Interview Survey Data. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/nhis/2019/data.htm