Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Helping families deal with the challenges of food allergies.

One of my favorite groups that provide vital information to allergenistas is the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). I know lots of organizations feature gluten free diets and have gluten free cooking classes, and I love learning about resources for gluten free products, but there are 8 foods (I call them the Big Bad 8) that affect 90% of people with food allergies and those numbers are close to exceeding 12 million people, that’s one in 25 or 4% of the population! Many of the gluten free classes only focus on gluten free livingt, but not FAAN!

FAAN has information on alternatives for the Big Bad 8 allergens, hidden sources of allergens in foods that might surprise you and a database of local support groups in your area. FAAN helps both newly diagnosed allergenistas, to seasoned veterans stay abreast on new legislation, product recalls and research in the food allergy field.

FAAN has some upcoming events you don’t want to miss, so get out your calendar for these upcoming events. I am just listing the Chicagoland area, events, visit FAAN’s website for events in your area.

May 22, 2010
17th Annual Food Allergy Conference – download the brochure by clicking here.
A recognized and respected group of speakers including physicians, nurses, registered dieticians and parents of children suffering with food allergies will be present to address issues such as:

  • Emotional and psychosocial impact of living with food allergies
  • Latest news on advocacy
  • Food allergy basics for the newly diagnosed
  • Letting go and facing new challenges
  • Latest news in food allergy research
  • Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang), a summer camp for children who have food allergies and their siblings
  • A restaurant strategy panel of experts offering tipos for managing food allergies while dining out
  • How to keep children with food allergies safe at school and what school personnel need to know
  • Understanding the severity of food allergies and anaphylaxis

I missed the Food Allergy Conference last year, but can’t wait to attend, please let me know if you will be there, I would love to meet you.

September 26, 2010
Save the Date for FAAN’s 2010 Chicago Walk for Food Allergies. I had a table at this walk last year and I have to say this is a great event! Not only do we have those with allergies walking, but friends and families that support their allergenistas. Lots of groups even have team t-shirts, all in support of their loved ones with allergies, I just love it!!!!

I was recently asked to write an article for FAAN’s newsletter. I am so honored and excited to share some of my experience and recipes with their amazing group of allergenistas, I will keep you posted as the publishing date gets closer…

Next up: A classic French dish - Coq au Vin


Colette said...

Lisa, I'll be at the Tarrytown Conference on May 8th.

Lisa Cooks Allergen Free said...

bummer, I am going to the Chicago event, would have loved to meet you...