KFA Leadership & Announcements

College Student with Food Allergies Relies on Friends to Help Keep Herself Safe

How is Valentine's Day different when you are diagnosed with multiple food allergies at 19? Kylee Christensen is 21 and is a college junior studying criminal justice in Illinois. At 19, she had a severe allergic reaction and was diagnosed allergic to multiple foods. Kids With Food Allergies and Kylee recently chatted online about how she manages romance, food allergies and college friendships while away at school. We spotted Kylee when she posted a picture of an "emergency box" she keeps in...

Dating Decisions: Ways Teens with Food Allergies Can Stay Safe

Dating as a teenager should be fun. But for a teenager with food allergies, dating can be tough, especially around food-centric holidays like Valentine’s Day. While many teenagers take for granted many parts of dating—like where to eat, where to go or even kissing—those with food allergies have to think ahead. Parents should help teens develop a plan for talking to dates about their allergies. Teens should also be sure to bring their emergency medication with them. And if...

Show You #TealLove Someone with Food Allergies 

Share the #TealLove this Valentine's Day! What is #TealLove? It is being inclusive of those with food allergies by: Encouraging non-food gifts and treats Having allergy-friendly options if there are food treats Pledging to read food labels to help keep kids with food allergies safe One in 13 U.S. kids has a food allergy. Help us spread awareness and encourage inclusiveness by sharing these awareness ribbons. You can use them as your profile pictures on social media: How to...

Show Your Valentine #TealLove with Non-Food Gifts

Allergy-Friendly Ideas for Valentine's Day Valentine's Day has long been associated with candy and sweets. For children with food allergies, this can mean being excluded or feeling unsafe. Focusing on non-food gifts allows them to safely enjoy the holiday. Exchanging Valentines is a fun tradition in schools. Most of us have fond memories of exchanging Valentines with our friends and classmates. Talk with your child's teacher in advance about having a safe and inclusive celebration. Many...

What Are Your Food Allergy Resolutions for 2016?

We asked: What are your food allergy resolutions for 2016? Here are some of your answers: Resolve to Put Myself First “I'm taking better care of me so I can take good care of everyone else.” -Kathryn Resolve to Learn to Cook New Dishes "My resolution was to learn to cook Asian cuisine safely managing our PN/TN/Sesame allergy. So far I have cooked Beef and Broccoli, Pork Fried Rice, Orange Chicken and Crab Rangoons. All were delicious and I can guarantee healthier than we...

NJ Governor Signs Law Allowing Access to Epinephrine in Public Places

Congratulations, New Jersey! Governor Christie has signed a bill into law expanding access to epinephrine auto-injectors in public places. What does this mean for you? Under the law, a person who has completed a training program will be allowed to give epinephrine to anyone experiencing a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis . Certain public places and businesses (such as restaurants, amusement parks, theaters, camps, etc.) will be allowed to have auto-injectors available for food...

Proposed Federal Bill Adds Sesame to List of Major Allergens

An important bill in Congress adds sesame to the list of major allergens that must be declared on a food label. Currently, only eight allergens - milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy - are listed on food labels . Allergens not on that list - such as sesame – are sometimes called non top-8 allergens. The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2015 (HR 4061) would make sesame the ninth allergen regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition, the...

Noah Wraps up Our Epinephrine Awareness Campaign with a Little Help from His Friends

Noah loves Legos, Minecraft and Peanuts. No, not  those  peanuts! This cutie from Webster, NY took his gang of friends to the Peanuts movie to celebrate his seventh birthday. Along with his plush Charlie Brown, he took his epinephrine auto-injectors. That makes him the December winner to end our year-long #WhereInTheWorldIsMyEpinephrine campaign. Noah is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, egg, sesame, mustard and sunflower. His mom Michelle said he hopes to be a scientist when...

Your Gift Will Be Doubled!

Dear Friend of Kids With Food Allergies, You are why we can help families with children with food allergies live healthier and safer lives. Now until the end of December,  every dollar you donate will be matched  by generous donors including So Delicious Dairy Free! They feel so strongly about our mission of keeping kids with food allergies safe and healthy that they want to double the impact of every dollar you give. You are why we can educate families with practical food...

Food Allergy Tips for the Holidays: Keep Safe Foods Safe

The holidays are a time for family, friends and food. Make sure everyone who prepares, handles and serves food that your child will eat knows how to prevent cross contamination. Wash hands before and after eating or handling food, or keep wipes on hand. Hand sanitizer will not remove food proteins. Read the labels of all food ingredients. Be sure you know all the label reading tips ! Wash all prep areas and eating areas with a paper towel and commercial cleaner, or a new...

Food Allergy Safety Tip for the Holidays: Wait to Try New Foods

As a parent of a child with food allergies, you know how exciting it is to introduce a new food to your child's diet or to find a new food or product that everyone is talking about! December is a busy time with holidays. If you want to try new foods, wait until you have a peaceful day. Avoid feeding your child something new in a strange place or during a hectic time.  These are not the optimal times to try new foods: While you are traveling (whether by air, a long car...

How Food Allergies Broke the Internet in 2015

Top 4 Social Trends in Food Allergies in 2015 Food Allergy Awareness: On Twitter:  For the first time ever, a sitting U.S. President sent a message during Food Allergy Awareness Week. We shared President Barack Obama's message on Twitter: President Barack Obama shares a Presidential Message with everyone living with a #foodallergy . pic.twitter.com/6dAjHHW6ci — KidsW/FoodAllergies (@kfatweets) May 11, 2015 On Instagram:   It takes a village to keep kids with food...

Tech Is a Good Prescription for People with Asthma and Allergies

New Online Patient Education and Engagement Platforms Help the Asthma and Allergy Foundation Address Old Problems with Modern Tools WASHINGTON , Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has recently launched a twin set of online education and engagement platforms that are new weapons in the fight against old foes – asthma and allergies. And it's aimed right where patients and families spend their time seeking information and...

Food Allergy Support at Your Fingertips

Re-introducing the KFA Community! You told us that the KFA community was not easy to use on your phone — and we listened. As parents of kids with food allergies, we know that food allergy concerns come up at all times. Being able to connect at any time with other parents managing the same issues is critical! Last week, we updated our community to make it easier and more convenient to access on any device, especially mobile devices! The features that are important to you will be easier...

Current Topics in Food Allergy Law (Video and Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America , hosted a webinar on December 1, 2015 called Current Topics in Food Allergy Law. Our webinar featured the Allergy Law Project. The Allergy Law Project is a blog run by three lawyers, all of whom have personal experience with food allergies: Laurel Francoeur, Esq., Mary Vargas, Esq. and Homa Woodrum, Esq. The three attorneys shared their legal perspective about the connection between the law and...

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