I want to share with all of you a press release that my friends at FAAN asked me to include on my blog. I love this outreach! My favorite quote is from author Sloane Miller about not letting a restricted diet equal a restricted life. Check out the below and if you aren’t already, do yourself and your family a favor and become a member of FAAN today!
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network’s Food Allergy Conference Returns to Tarrytown
Leading Experts to Provide Guidance, Support to Families
Fairfax, VA – The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN™) is hosting the second of a series of Food Allergy Conferences next week – an educational event like no other in that it brings national experts in the field of food allergy together with people affected by food allergies for a day of learning and empowerment.
FAAN’s 19th Annual Food Conference will take place Saturday, April 28 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY.
“This conference allows us to discuss the broad range of challenges associated with food allergies and to offer the best advice to help attendees meet the everyday challenges of living with food allergies,” said Eleanor Garrow, FAAN’s Vice President of Education and Outreach.
Parents, teens, and adults living with food allergies will learn about management strategies, school advocacy, psychosocial effects, participating in clinical trials, and more. Garrow and Gina Clowes, FAAN’s Vice President of Member Relations, will discuss a safe and inclusive environment for children, while FAAN CEO Maria Acebal will discuss advocacy initiatives such as school access to emergency epinephrine.
Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, M.D., a clinician and clinical researcher at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute and associate professor of pediatrics the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will provide attendees with an overview of food allergy and anaphylaxis management and an update on food allergy research and treatment.
“Attending one of FAAN’s Food Allergy Conferences is a great way not only to learn more about strategies to avoid reactions and hear the latest on research studies, but also for families to bond with each other and share experiences,” Nowak-Wegrzyn said. “I’m looking forward to this unique event.”
Sloane Miller, M.S.W., L.M.S.W., author of Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well With Food Allergies (Wiley, 2011), will offer attendees tools to manage their food allergies with confidence.
“Just because you have a restricted diet, doesn’t mean you have a restricted life,” Miller said.
Other guest speakers, including cookbook author and Divvies founder Lori Sandler, will lead sessions as well as field questions from attendees, which not only include families, but school nurses. Teens will attend their own sessions geared specifically to issues unique to their needs.
The conference will also feature a new session, “When Parents Endure Bullying and Negativity from Their Peers and School Personnel,” which addresses just one of the many challenges of raising a child with food allergies – the lack of sympathy that is often shown to parents by others who do not understand food allergy and anaphylaxis. Brett Greenberger, M.D., will lead this session.
Also, for the first time, FAAN members will have the opportunity to attend a post-conference “Debrief and Decompress Session” with Clowes, who will address lingering questions and teach skills to feel calmer and more confident.
Winners of FAAN’s Mariel C. Furlong Award for Making a Difference, Grandparent Award, and Youth Special Achievement Award will be on hand to receive their awards. FAAN’s final conference of the year will be held in Anaheim, Calif., on June 9. To register, please visit www.foodallergy.org.
Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN™) is the world leader in information, resources, and programs for food allergy, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflicts as many as 15 million Americans including almost 6 million children. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. To become a member or for more information, please visit FAAN at www.foodallergy.org.