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AAFA Marks Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to Asthma and Food Allergies

On this final Friday of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), our food allergy division, are holding a Remembrance Day in honor of family members and loved ones who’ve died from asthma or allergies. On average, more than 3,500 Americans die from asthma each year. 1 An estimated 200 also die each year because of severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis [anna-fih-LACK-sis]. 2 These death rates...

Ask Congress to Support People With Food Allergies and Asthma

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. About 25 million people have asthma. And because these are related...

2021 Asthma Capitals™ Report: AAFA Ranks the Top 100 Most Challenging Places in the U.S. to Live With Asthma

Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children. And since it’s an allergic disease, it’s also common in children with food allergies. Both conditions are part of a progression of allergic diseases called the “ allergic march .” There are several factors involved in the development of asthma. Genetics, exposure to tobacco smoke, and illnesses can play a role. But community factors may influence who develops asthma and how they are able to manage it. On May 5, 2021 – World Asthma Day – the...

Food Allergy Advocacy Win: The President Signs the FASTER Act and Makes Sesame a Major Allergen

Update: The president has signed the FASTER ACT! On April 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021, also called the FASTER Act (H.R.1202/S.578), into law. This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and requires analysis of food allergy research. Under the FASTER Act, food manufacturers have until Jan. 1, 2023, to update labels of products containing sesame. But you may see sesame appear on labels...

To NBC – Food Allergies Are Not an “Emotional” Reaction

Once again, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has mocked food allergies. This time, Jimmy Fallon and actor Milo Ventimiglia made fun of anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction) as if it was an “emotional” response. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) sent a letter to Lorne Michaels, Executive Producer of the show at NBC asking the network to take food allergies seriously. This is not the first time Jimmy Fallon and guests on the show have made fun of people with food...

Advocacy Update: Congress Reintroduces Bill on Sesame Labeling and Food Allergy Research

Update: The president has signed the FASTER ACT! On April 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021, also called the FASTER Act (H.R.1202/S.578), into law. This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and requires analysis of food allergy research. This is a huge advocacy milestone for people with food allergies. Thank you for helping us advocate for this bill. On Feb. 22, 2021, the House representatives...

Confronting Hunger and the Racial Food Allergy Divide

The best way to prevent food allergy reactions is to stay away from known allergens. This may sound simple. But it is much more complicated than that. You have to know how to identify foods your child is allergic to and understand how foods are labeled . This means if your child has food allergies, you have to be sure they eat safe foods and other caregivers know how to manage their food allergy. Because of this, the foods you have access to may be limited. For some families managing food...

Black Americans With Food Allergies and Asthma Need Health Equity Now

February marks Black History Month in the United States. It celebrates the major achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is also a chance to learn about key moments that have not only shaped the Black experience in America, but that of the entire nation. Black History Month is often a time to look at how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we believe one of the best ways to honor the past is to heal the present and...

Fighting for Lights of Hope In a Year of Darkness

Like many organizations, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) , has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The food allergy community has been heavily impacted by several events of 2020: The public health emergency and economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Reduced production of allergy-friendly foods and food labeling changes due to the pandemic Record-breaking wildfires and health impacts related to natural disasters...

Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act

Updates: It's official! On Jan. 5, 2021, the president signed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act into law. Thank you to our community. Your efforts helped to get this bill signed into law, which will help thousands of students with asthma and allergies and their families nationwide. AAFA Celebrates Major Advocacy Win! Congress Passes School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, H.R. 2468 Law gives greater protections and resources to students with...

FASTER Act, Which Would Recognize Sesame as a Top Food Allergen, Moves One Step Closer to Becoming Law

Update: The president has signed the FASTER ACT! On April 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021, also called the FASTER Act (H.R.1202/S.578), into law. This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and requires analysis of food allergy research. This is a huge advocacy milestone for people with food allergies. Thank you for helping us advocate for this bill. On Dec. 9, 2020, the Senate passed the Food...

Advocacy Update: FDA Moves Forward on Sesame Labeling

Update: The president has signed the FASTER ACT! On April 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act of 2021, also called the FASTER Act (H.R.1202/S.578), into law. This bill expands the definition of major allergens to include sesame and requires analysis of food allergy research. This is a huge advocacy milestone for people with food allergies. Thank you for helping us advocate for this bill. On March 3, 2021, the Senate passed the...

AAFA Releases Asthma Disparities in America Report

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native groups in the United States. These groups have the highest rates of asthma , hospital visits and asthma-related deaths. People with asthma often have other allergic diseases, like food allergies . Disparities exist in food allergies too. Black children are 7% more likely to have food allergies than...

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