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Non-Food Rewards for Children (New Handout)

The CDC’s Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs recommends the “use of non-food incentives for prizes, gifts, and awards.” This practice is also recommended by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Other well-respected health organizations and institutions recommend this approach as well.


While a shift to non-food incentives may require slight changes to school traditions, there are potential benefits. This practice can help ease anxiety surrounding the serving of food at school and the subsequent chance of accidental exposure to allergens for children with food allergies.

 

This new handout is a useful compilation of no cost and low cost rewards. It also includes "rewards from the heart" and activity-based rewards.  This resource was written in collaboration with Gina Mennett Lee, M.Ed., education consultant.

 

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Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in. Registered members have access to additional specialized support forums for food allergies. Registration is free!

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Hi.  The document is quite big and so keeps freezing my screen when about 1/3 of it has downloaded.  Is there a version that is text-only, or similar?  It looks like a great idea (and I agree with the post-er above, that it's appropriate for ALL children).  Thanks!

Please rename this document to "Non-Food Rewards For ALL School Children."

 

DD (2005): non-Ana Egg, ?gluten, EA, topical detergents & lotions (inc. All FREE), eczema. ...DS (2008): sunflower seeds and ? (limited diet according to my limitations), EA, minor eczema, hx FTT and hyperthyroid ds ...me: ABX: erythromycin (ANA?), Latex (ANA?), penicillin, tetracycline. food issues discovered later in life (non ANA AFAIK): Celiac's dz (2nd autoimmune dz), Egg, sunflower seeds, cashews, strawberries, raspberries, citrus, shell fish. Limit apple, pineapple, beef, latex cross reacting foods, and ragweed cross reacting foods. EA.

I'm participating in Trunk or Treat this year.  I'm going to bring a teal pumpkin and non food treats.

Anne in Central Virginia

Mom of 4 kids

Me - Anaphylactic to Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Crab, Sesame & Celery; Asthma

DD # 1 - Anaphylactic to Peanuts, Tree Nuts; Asthma

DD # 2 - Anaphylactic to Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Wheat, Soy (including lecithin), Mustard, Cinnamon & Kiwi; Asthma; MCAS/Idiopathic Anaphylaxis

 

 

 

This will be great for my in laws!

Stefani 

 

DS ('99) - None

DS ('02) - None

DS ('05) - Milk, Egg, Corn Passed 10/15Beef Passed 09/15, Apples Passed 08/15, Wheat passed 09/15.

Sub-Lingual Therapy: Cat Dander, Dust, Mold

DD ('08) - Wheat Passed 10/15, Milk Passed 09/15, and EA

DD ('13) - None!

 

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I still can not access the pdf. Is it only available via the picture?

 

Learning so much from this site! 3 children,only 1 with allergy to Peanut, tree nuts,uncooked eggs, and currently having baked milk!!

Hello Will Way,

We encountered a bug in the system when adding attachments this morning. The link to the PDF should work again.

 

Please test it and let us know if it is still not loading for you. Thank you!

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in. Registered members have access to additional specialized support forums for food allergies. Registration is free!

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