Monday, May 14, 2012
Food Allergy Awareness Week May 13- May 19 2012
I look forward to a time when Food Allergy Awareness Week won't be necessary either because everyone is aware or because there is a cure found.
But the need for awareness is still very necessary. Although we've come along way, we still have a LONG way to go. There are still a lot of misconceptions and ignorance that surround food allergies. Believe it or not, there are still many people who think that people with food allergies are just picky eaters or are just being difficult. There are many people that think that food allergy parents are making this up or over-inflating the severity of the threat of death so that the children/parents feel special.
And there are still those people that fight against what it takes to keep a food allergic person safe or that feel it's OK to discriminate against the food allergic.
So Food Allergy Awareness Week is still very much needed. But we also need to make this Food Allergy Action Week. We as parents of food allergic children and those of us who have food allergies need to use this week to not only bring awareness but to educate, make sure that those with food allergies aren't discriminated against but included and to get out there and make sure that money is being raised to find a cure. Many of the activist in the food allergy community do this every day. But this is a great week for all us to come together and use our voices collectively.
There is a #foodallergy Twitter party tomorrow night hosted by Jennifer at Food Allergy Buzz. You can find tips on how to attend a Twitter party here.
Find information here on giving a presentation at your child's elementary school.
Distribute or post the "Food Allergies Don't Discriminate" poster at your school or work place.
Learn more about National issues that surround food allergies and send a note to your Congressman or Senator asking them for support.
Find a support group in your area or learn how to start one.
Find a Food Allergy Walk near you or donate money to someone who is already walking.
Choose one thing from FAAN's Raising Awareness, Making An Impact Page and change the way someone views food allergies.
These are just a few quick tips that I found. There is so much more that we can do. Let Food Allergy Awareness Week be the beginning, not the beginning and the end.