Research shows that more than 12 million people in America suffer from some form of food allergy. Out of these 12 million, more than three million are children. Young children are recognized for being most at risk for developing a food allergy. Educating students about the importance of staying safe and knowing about food allergies is a great way to prevent harmful side effects. Food Allergy Awareness Week is the perfect time to do just that:
- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network officially started the Food Allergy Awareness Week in 1998. The goal of this week-long event was to give students the knowledge and training they need to know about food allergies and know how to act in a potentially life-threatening situation such as a severe allergic attack. This year, Food Allergy Awareness Week aims to achieve the same goals during the week of May 13th.
- Children of all ages can benefit from learning about food allergies, symptoms, and solutions. Food allergies have become much more common in children over the past decade. Children who suffer from food allergies may also have a higher risk for developing conditions such as asthma. But you can help your students learn how to take control of allergies! The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network has a variety of great teacher resources, including elementary school lesson plans, on their website for Food Allergy Awareness Week. Visit the website to find and print out posters, brochures, awards, and more.
- Have you ever suffered from food allergies? Telling your students a personal story can be a great way to get your point across during any type of lesson. During Food Allergy Awareness Week, ask fellow teachers if they have any personal stories dealing with food allergies that they can share with students. This will provide a real-world example for students, making it easier for them to relate, understand, and act when the need arises.
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