In honor of National Food Safety Month, FARE is pleased to present a guest post from Betsy Craig, co-founder and CEO of MenuTrinfo®, a partner in FARE’s SafeFARE program.
By Betsy Craig, Co-founder and CEO, MenuTrinfo®
When preparing meals, the potential for cross-contact among dishes should be (and I know is) a concern for all chefs, bakers and family cooks. According to FARE, cross-contact…
We are thrilled to announce that Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer will be speaking at FARE’s Ninth Annual Teen Summit! Vollmer, the first woman to swim the 100 meter butterfly under 56 seconds and the winner of three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games, will talk about her experiences as an athlete managing food allergies. Join us in downtown Washington, D.C. on November 7-9, 2014! http://www.foodallergy.org/teensummit
Young children from urban areas have a disproportionately high risk of developing food allergies, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology on August 13. Led by FARE Medical Advisory Board member Robert A. Wood, MD, of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (Baltimore, Md.), researchers followed 516 inner-city…
Jo Frost, known for her television shows and bestselling books (“Jo Frost Toddler Rules,” Family Matters, Supernanny and Family S.O.S.) was recently named as FARE’s first National Ambassador for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy. We recently spoke with Jo about her connection to food allergies and her role as a National Ambassador.
What is your personal food allergy story?
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We invited past attendees of FARE’s Teen Summit to write about their experiences at one of FARE’s most popular events. Here, they share their stories.
Gaby and Emily
Gaby and Emily met when they served as speakers on a panel at last year’s Teen Summit. Gaby, 10th grader at the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, and Emily, an incoming freshman at Harvard, became fast friends.
Gaby: Going to the FARE Teen Summit has become an annual tradition for me. Last year, I was honored to be a guest speaker. On the panel, I was paired with a very poised young woman named Emily. Little did I know that soon Emily and I would share a bond and become dear friends. Emily and I met the morning of the big event, and my first impression of her has not changed. Emily is strong, inspiring, witty, and wise beyond her years. After learning about the amazing work that she had done, I knew that she was my perfect role model—a real inspiration.
Despite our age difference, I know I can always count on Emily if I am having a bad day or just need to talk. We chat through Facebook and messaging, but our distance in no way limits our friendship. Teen Summit allowed me to meet Emily, and for that I will always be grateful.
Emily: When Gaby and I met the morning on the panel, I instantly knew
that I wanted to be this amazing person’s friend. Gaby is by far the bravest, kindest, and most genuine girl I have ever met. She blew me away with her bubbly personality, extraordinary friendliness, and bright outlook on life, and her strength and positivity as she faces her medical challenges are inspiring. During the panel, I learned about the incredible work that Gaby has done in the food allergy community, and I became even more impressed!
In the months that followed, Gaby and I have stayed in touch. The world needs more people like Gaby, and I am so thrilled that Teen Summit brought us together.
Isabel and Frankie
Isabel and Frankie also met at last year’s Teen Summit.
Isabel: Before I went to last year’s Teen Summit, I only knew my friend Katie whom I had met at the 2011 Teen Summit. I had hoped to make new acquaintances at the 2013 Summit, but never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would become close friends with some of the loveliest and most fun people you could ever meet.
Frankie: I was the outspoken one in our group. At first everyone was really shy, but they were all willing to socialize, and after talking for a while, we all bonded pretty quickly. It helped that we were the same age, but what was really the clincher was our food allergies.
Isabel: I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it is to be able to get to know someone who actually understands your food allergies. Last year, our group went out to eat, and every one of us made sure that the others’ meals were safe for them.
Frankie: We were probably the most protective friend group you could meet, but us becoming so close in a matter of days, only made the rest of the Summit super fun. Those of us staying at the hotel had a super fun time hanging out at the pool, and the dance was by far one of the coolest parts to the Summit. Together, we even made it through those long lectures…ha ha I’m just kidding; we all found the discussions to be super interesting too.
Isabel: We actually learned a ton from the lectures. As a high-school student, I was super interested in what college students had to say about managing their allergies at their respective universities. Several of our new friends had also undergone food allergy clinical trials, which were fascinating and uplifting to hear about. After listening to their positive experiences, I would be very much inclined to try such a trial if I could find one local to me.
Frankie: It was a blast! We all still keep in touch, and we’re becoming even closer.
Isabel: I cannot wait to see everyone at this upcoming Teen Summit!
The 9th Annual Teen Summit is a 3-day event, being held November 7-9, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. You can register for Teen Summit now!
Today, FARE debuted new food safety resources in collaboration with Chef Joel Schaefer, including a recipe competition, two new YouTube cooking tutorials, and more! You can find these resources on the FARE website. Also released today is a “Creating a Food Allergy Safety Zone in Your Home,” booklet, which includes this list of “Dos and Don’ts” for safe cooking.
- Use only thoroughly cleaned…
Dr. Fred Finkelman (McDonald Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center) has received a FARE research grant for a study that could lead to an innovative treatment for food allergies. We spoke with Dr. Finkelman about his distinguished career and his…