FAAN Debuts New Food Allergy Video

My friend, Nancy, at FAAN gave me permission to reprint the below and asked me to help spread the word about a new video they’ve created starring Kenton Duty from Disney’s “Shake It Up.”  Take a few minutes to check it out and then help spread the word!


FAIRFAX, Va. (Sept. 19, 2012) – Food allergy is a severe and potentially life-threatening medical condition, and teenagers have the highest risk of a fatal food allergy reaction. As part of its ongoing commitment to educate teens about food allergies, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) today launches its “Stay Safe” video featuring actor Kenton Duty from Disney’s “Shake It Up.”

Duty, age 17, is allergic to wheat and chocolate. He has worked with FAAN on its teen initiatives as one of its Celebrity Ambassadors Who Care, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the severity of food allergies.

“This video is incredibly important to me on a personal level – I want to do whatever I can to encourage teens with food allergies just like me to stay safe at all times,” Duty said. “I hope teens take this message to heart and help make it go viral!”

The video features Duty discussing the importance of being prepared, including having a Food Allergy Action Plan in place and never letting down your guard. Carrying a prescribed epinephrine auto-injector at all times is critically important for individuals with food allergies because it is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death.

“Studies have shown that teens with food allergies are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors related to their food allergy,” said FAAN CEO John Lehr. “We thank Kenton for participating in this video and we hope that it will be shared across the country by families managing food allergies.”

The video may be viewed on FAAN’s YouTube page and by visiting www.foodallergy.org/staysafe/index.php.


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