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The Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta 4th Annual Allergy Friendly Halloween Event on Saturday, October 19 from 1PM-4PM!

food allergy kids of atlanta halloween partyBring the family & join the fun during the Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta 4th Annual Halloween Party! We’ll celebrate this year with activities being held both indoors & outdoors at The Summit Autism Center in Roswell, GA!

  • Costume Awards (3 PM)
  • Room to room Trick-or-Treating
  • Dancing
  • Games
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Climbing Fun
  • Trace’s Bounce House
  • Basketball
  • Games
  • Fire & Rescue Trucks

RSVP to confirm@fakidsatl.org with number of adults & children attending!  A members only event – Membership is FREE!

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Atlanta Food Allergy News and Events

auviqFood Allergy Kids of Atlanta has events coming up for teens and parents.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta Teen Event
Feb 17, 2013, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Snow Mountain, Stone Mountain GA

Join us as we spend the day braving Avalanche Alley and tube runners with Dr. Luqman Seidu and the FA Kids of Atlanta volunteer team!
Many thanks to GA Allergy, Immunology, & Asthma for supporting the FA Kids 1st Annual Teen Event!

Fore details and to confirm, email Karen (at) foodallergykidsatl.org!

FA Kids Support Group Meeting
 
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Presentation will begin at 7:15 PM.
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Luqman Seidu, Georgia Allergy, Immunology, & Asthma 
TOPIC:
Food Allergies: How to recognize and treat a food allergy reaction and when to give epinephrine; Auvi-Q and Epipen discussion and demonstration.
(Please note – this will be an adult only event)
Following the presentation and questions & answers, attendees will have time to meet privately with Dr. Seidu and also meet other food allergic families in GA.

Beverages will be served and allergy friendly samples will be provided.

Food allergy resources, books, cookbooks, educational materials, 504 samples, newly diagnosed resources and more will be available for purchase & giveaway during the meeting!

Eggnots from eggnots.com will be available at $15.00 per dozen!

RSVP:

We hope to see you there! RSVP is requested for this event. Please send an email with event, number of guests attending, & any questions or concerns you would like addressed to confirm@fakidsatl.org, or by registering here: http://www.foodallergykidsatl.org/support-group-meetings.html

DIRECTIONS:

http://www.northside.com/locations/alpharetta_map.aspx
Northside Medical Complex
3400 Old Milton Parkway
Building C, Suite #310 (third floor – Educational Classroom)
Alpharetta, GA 30005

Review and register for scheduled meetings & events here: http://www.foodallergykidsatl.org/upcoming-events.html

Natural Foods Warehouse Crabapple Allergy Friendly Grocery Store Tour & Tasting, Monday May 14th

Natural Foods Warehouse on Crabapple Rd., is hosting an allergy friendly grocery tour and tasting on Monday, May 14th in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week. This is an opportunity to sample the newest allergy friendly products on the market.

Vendors will be on-site and allergy friendly samples will include Bearitos, Just Tomato, Galaxy, Mina’s, Enjoy Life, Earth Balance, Udi’s, Dandie’s, and Tofutti products, just to name a few!

Allergy friendly cookbooks such as Allergy Free Desserts and the Food Allergy Mama’s Cookbook, plus many more will be available for purchase.

There will be door prizes, giveaways and more!

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta will receive 5 percent of all sales on that day as part of the allergy friendly grocery store tour & tasting, hosted by Natural Foods Warehouse and Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. Proceeds will help place food allergy educational materials in Georgia schools.

This nonprofit organization helps raise awareness of food allergy management and the seriousness in food allergy reactions in schools, daycares, and restaurants. The organization also hosts support group meetings, mom’s night out dinners, and provides a safe environment for food allergic children to participate in, through yearly activities and programs.

President and Founder Karen Harris say they plan to use most of the funds to purchase educational materials and stock epinephrine for Georgia schools. Delivering educational presentations and ensuring schools are stocked with life-saving medication can help to reduce the risk of food allergy reactions and fatalities in food allergic students.

Be sure to stop by the resource table to browse our food allergy educational materials. Natural Foods Warehouse hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday with the tour taking place 11 a.m – 2 p.m. The store is located in in Roswell at 12315 Crabapple Rd. For more information, call (404) 512-7983 or visit the FAAW event webpage at www.fakidsatl.org

Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 13 – 19, 2012.

Food Allergy Kids of AtlantaFood Allergy Awareness Week is the week of May 13 – 19, 2012. My daughter was diagnosed at age two with a peanut and egg allergy. She is now five and will be starting kindergarten in the fall.

I am preparing now for keeping her safe at school and that will require meetings with teachers, lunchroom staff, bus drivers and creating a health care plan. I have concerns such as peanuts brought in to the school for Georgia day where they were eaten outside by the playground (the dust is dangerous and can cause anaphylaxis) as well as other concerns such as candygrams given to children and peanut butter used in projects. This is why it is very important to establish a team based approach with your school and to communicate clearly what it is that you want for your child at school and writing it in a plan.

Food Allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.

Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-causing food. Symptoms of a food allergy may include:

Rash or hives
Nausea
Stomach pain
Diarrhea
Itchy skin
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction)

Food Allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflict as many as 15 million Americans including almost 6 million children.

Children with food allergies: 1 in 13. That’s two per classroom.

Emergency room visits caused by food-allergic reactions each year: 203,000. That’s one every three minutes.

Food allergies are life-altering for everyone involved — not just the kids (I know this from experience!)

Only eight foods account for 90% of the food-allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. And for those who may be unaware, even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction; there are no cures for food allergies.

It is the second anniversary for Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals. I am thankful for this wonderful group of people and their dedication to educating schools and restaurants to help keep our children safe.

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a food allergy, or you think they have symptoms of one, go to an allergist and then find a local community support group. My daughter and I have learned so much from the wonderful families and doctors and you really feel like you are not alone as your learn to navigate in this food-centric world.

Resources:

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta – local nonprofit in Atlanta

Food Allergy Statistics from FAAN, Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Food Allergies By The Numbers – FAI

Safe@School flyer – FAAN – Presentation for schools about food allergy management and the seriousness in food allergy reactions (up to 25% of first time reactions in children happen in school.) 

Food Allergy Awareness Week – FAAN

Helpful Information and Documents – FAAN

The Balancing Act (video) – Food Allergy Awareness for Parents

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Allergy Friendly Halloween Trunk or Treat in Atlanta on 10/29/11

It is that time of year again. For kids, it is a time to dress up as someone else and reap the benefits of trick or treat. For food allergic parents, it is a time to plan for a safe yet fun Halloween to ensure that our children enjoy the holiday without feeling left out.

Thanks to Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta, the 2011 allergy friendly halloween trunk or treat will help ensure that kids with food allergies have a ball at Halloween.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta 
2011 Allergy Friendly Halloween
“Trunk or Safe Treat”
When:  Saturday – October 29th, 2011
Time:  3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Where:  Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic/Marietta Eye Clinic (Parking Lot)
895 Canton Rd., Marietta, GA  30060
Day of Event Activities:
Food Free Trick or Treating
Most Creative Costume Prize
Most Creative Trunk Prize
Games & Prizes
Fun & Socializing
RSVP by October 26, 2011
 to Shandy@foodallergykidsatl.org or by calling 404-229-8243
Volunteers are needed to host trunks and/or to work game stations!


Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta is Set for October 1, 2011

Join us for the Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta on October 1. Money raised will help research food allergies and anaphylaxis of which there is currently no cure. There is also a blog about the walk. There will be lots of free fun family festivities after the walk in Dunwoody, GA as well.

Check-in for the Atlanta walk is at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. It’s a two-mile walk, and baby strollers and wagons are welcome. A DJ, moonwalk, games, sponsor exhibits, and more will be onsite.

If you can’t participate, you can support a walker (me), give directly to the walk site, or volunteer on Walk Day. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register online. Please note: All walk participants, including children and infants in strollers/wagons, must be registered.

Also, welcome Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. FA Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.

We are parents of food allergic children and advocates in our community, raising awareness on the importance of food allergy prevention and the seriousness in food allergy reactions.

Food Allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.

Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-causing food. Symptoms of a food allergy may include:

Rash or hives
Nausea
Stomach pain
Diarrhea
Itchy skin
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction)

Over 12 million Americans have food allergies (that’s 1 in 25), and many experts insist that number is increasing. Just as an example: the incidence of a peanut allergy in children doubled in a five-year period (1997-2002).

Food allergies are most common in kids under three, where the occurrence is now one in 17 children. (My child falls into that category.) Food allergies are life-altering for everyone involved — not just the kids (I know this from experience!).

Only eight foods account for 90% of the food-allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. And for those who may be unaware, even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction; there are no cures for food allergies.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta’s Allergy Friendly Easter-Egg Hunt on 4/16/11

Food allergies change the way you see the world, one meal at a time. Holidays can be especially tough for families with food allergies. If you are in Atlanta, you may know about Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. They are a wonderful nonprofit and they are hosting an allergy-friendly Easter Egg Hunt!

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta’s Allergy Friendly Easter-Egg Hunt

Join us for an exciting, safe and fun-filled day as FA Kids of Atlanta celebrates Easter!
Special Guest Appearance:
The Easter Bunny!
Events Include:
Toy Filled Easter-Egg Hunt
(Grouped by age and will begin at 10:15 a.m.)
Bouncy House
Professional “Real” Bunny Photos Available
(packages starting at $20!)
And More!!!
In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all families, we ask that NO food is brought into this event. Bottled water will be provided!
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Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Scheduled professional photos will begin at 9:00 a.m.)
Location: Garrard Landing Park, Roswell, GA
8000 Holcombe Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, GA  30076
RSVP-ASAP: confirm@fakidsatl.org with number of children attending & ages
Enter the water plant building entrance and then turn left to enter the park drive. Landmarks include fountains & a blue topped playground.
For specific directions, follow this link:  Garrard Landing Park

*Please note* FA Kids of Atlanta did NOT reserve the playground & pavilion area for this event.  We have no control of foods that may be carried in by the public. The FA Kids of Atlanta food-free event location will be roped off in a separate area, located in the grass fields.

Allergy-Friendly Halloween Carnival on Oct. 23 in Sandy Springs, GA

Halloween, like many holidays, can be a parent’s worst nightmare when it comes to protecting their children with food allergies. The Atlanta nonprofit Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta has teamed up with Sandy Springs Fire Rescue to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for food allergic kids to celebrate Halloween. What a great idea!

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta and the department will offer children games, prizes and crafts, as well as a chance to meet firefighters and see the fire trucks.

The party runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Fire Station #2, 135 Johnson Ferry Road. Organizers ask that no food be brought to the party, noting all children will receive a non-food treat bag.

To register, email with the number of children attending to confirm@fakidsatl.org or by calling 404-512-7983. There are a limited number of spaces, so be sure to get your reservation – the deadline is October 15.

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Join us at the Atlanta Food Allergy Walk on October 2 at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, GA

Join us for the Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta on October 2. Money raised will help research food allergies and anaphylaxis of which there is currently no cure. There is also a blog about the walk. There will be lots of free fun family festivities after the walk in Dunwoody, GA as well.

Check-in for the Atlanta walk is at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. It’s a two-mile walk, and baby strollers and wagons are welcome. A DJ, moonwalk, games, sponsor exhibits, and more will be onsite.

Atlanta’s 2010 honorary chairs include:

If you can’t participate, you can support a walker (me), give directly to the walk site, or volunteer on Walk Day. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register online. Please note: All walk participants, including children and infants in strollers/wagons, must be registered.

You can also currently nominate a child to be FAAN’s 2011 National Child Ambassador. Each $10 vote for your child is a donation to FAAN.

Also, welcome Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. FA Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.

We are parents of food allergic children and advocates in our community, raising awareness on the importance of food allergy prevention and the seriousness in food allergy reactions.

Food Allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.

Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-causing food. Symptoms of a food allergy may include:

Rash or hives
Nausea
Stomach pain
Diarrhea
Itchy skin
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction)

Over 12 million Americans have food allergies (that’s 1 in 25), and many experts insist that number is increasing. Just as an example: the incidence of a peanut allergy in children doubled in a five-year period (1997-2002).

Food allergies are most common in kids under three, where the occurrence is now one in 17 children. (My child falls into that category.) Food allergies are life-altering for everyone involved — not just the kids (I know this from experience!).

Only eight foods account for 90% of the food-allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. And for those who may be unaware, even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction; there are no cures for food allergies.

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Food Allergies in Atlanta? You Are No Longer Alone!

My 3 yr old daughter has an egg and peanut allergy. It has been an educational and tough experience in dealing with my daughter’s allergies, keeping her safe, and working with her caretakers and friends and family to make sure she is protected.

I have found some hardships in sharing how to protect her from her allergies with our close friends and family. Most of the time they think I am overreacting or being too paranoid about checking the food to keep her safe.

But they don’t realize the extraneous dangers. They don’t live our days. Birthday parties, Christmas stockings, Easter egg hunts, Halloween parties are all just events that they attend without a thought of danger for their kids. I see danger in every class party, in every holiday event, in every bite of food. Which is why we need to respect every bite.

They don’t see my daughter’s sad face when she is left out of a “food art” project at school or when she can’t eat a birthday cupcake in her class from another student. They don’t see their child’s pain from being left out or perceived as different due to her food allergy.

They don’t panic when traveling and planning meals. They don’t have to locate the hospitals before going places. They don’t overhear their daughter about baking peanut free cookies so they are safe for her and her stuffed animal to eat. And her asking at every meal “does this have nuts or eggs in it?” which is a wise question for someone so young.

There is so much education that we have to share and give to our community. It’s so more than just “not giving our child a peanut butter sandwich” and that is why I am so glad that Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta is here.

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a food allergy, you are not alone.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.

We are parents of food allergic children and advocates in our community, raising awareness on the importance of food allergy prevention and the seriousness in food allergy reactions.

Food Allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.

Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-causing food. Symptoms of a food allergy may include:

Rash or hives
Nausea
Stomach pain
Diarrhea
Itchy skin
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction)

There is no cure for food allergies.”

Food allergies are increasing.

“To successfully manage a food allergy, ones diet and lifestyle must change.”

About 12 million (1 in 25) Americans have a food allergy…children are the largest group affected.”

Peanut allergy in children doubled in a 5-year period from 1997-2002″

Teens account for almost half of food allergy fatalities.  Ages 10 thru 29 account for three quarters.”

Impact is broad:  family, friends, classmates, etc..”

Fear and anxiety are common among parents of children with food allergies. Parents live each day knowing that just one bite of the wrong food could cause a potentially fatal reaction

Together we can…….

Educate, Advocate, and Support

The above information was gathered from the following resources:
http://www.webmd.com/allergies/foods-allergy-intolerance
http://www.foodallergy.org/files/welcomingguests_2010.pdf
http://www.todayinot.com/ce/OT04/CoursePage/

Also, join us for the Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta on October 2. Money raised will help research food allergies and anaphylaxis of which there is currently no cure. There is also a blog about the walk. There will be lots of fun festivities after the walk in Dunwoody, GA as well.

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