Have you registered for your local FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) Walk for Food Allergy? The walk is a great way for your family and community to create awareness of food allergies while fundraising for education, advocacy, and research. Need to find a walk location near you? Visit this link.
You’ve probably heard about FAAN, but here is a just a sample of some of the important initiatives they’ve implemented for the food allergy community.
- Texas is now the 14th state to pass a law requiring a “Statewide Guideline” for the management of food allergy in every public and charter school in the state. The new law, signed by Governor Perry in June, mandates that every school district in the state develop and implement a policy, based in the Statewide Guideline, by August 1, 2012. FAAN was instrumental in every way in getting the new law (SB27) passed. FAAN has already been asked to sit on the state’s commission that will develop the guideline.
- In January 2011, President Obama signed into law the new Food Safety Bill. There are several important food allergy provisions in the bill. Much has been made of the fact that the bill includes the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Management Act, but there is more. For the first time in decades, the food code was amended to include “allergens” as a potential “hazard” that food manufacturers must manage. In the past an “allergen” has defaulted to a labeling issue. With the new law and this change to the code, it will be a game changer for the food industry that greatly improves food safety with respect to allergens.
- In December 2010, the first ever ‘Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies’ was published. FAAN was the driving force behind the first ever comprehensive guide (issued by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) to help medical professionals have a uniform guideline to help diagnose and manage food allergy.
As you can see, FAAN is instrumental in the food allergy community and please keep in mind this is an extremely abbreviated list of their accomplishments. Visit their website for more information.
In Houston, we are now 5 weeks away from the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy. To find out more, visitwww.foodallergywalk.org/houston_tx11.
Houston T-Shirt Contest – Deadline is Monday!
- Remember, the “Get Your Team Name on the Walk T-shirt” contest deadline is Monday (August 8th). Raise $1,000 by Monday and you are set! The full details are at: http://www.foodallergywalk.org/site/PageNavigator/tshirt_incentive.html
Enjoy Life Contest:
- Win $250 of Enjoy Life products at the Houston Walk and be entered to win a chance to be the Enjoy Life “CEO for a Day.” The full details are at: http://www.foodallergywalk.org/site/PageNavigator/Enjoy_Life_Incentive_Program.html
Win an I-Pad at the Walk in Houston:
- Registered Walkers will see this new promotion announcement first. Register now so you don’t miss the announcement.
Stay updated on Facebook:
To stay current on all the happenings related to the FAAN Walk in Houston, be sure to visit the Walk in Houston’s Facebook page and click the “like” button.