Are you new to the world of asthma and food allergies? Not sure where to turn for credible and reliable information? Maybe I can help.
There are several organizations I follow faithfully online and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is one of them. This is an organization that offers so much to the asthma and allergy communities, that I want to give you a quick snapshot of the organization so you can check them out on your own and decide if the organization is one you would like to connect with.
Who is AAFA?
- The organization was started in 1953 by three allergists raising money for education and research. Today they are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy, and research. The Foundation’s flagship public website is www.aafa.org and its companion website is www.kidswithfoodallergies.org.
What does AAFA do?
- EDUCATE through: programs for patients and caregivers, and printed materials, online resources, and some bilingual resources. Visit their website for a complete listing of programs and information they offer. *Don’t forget to check out their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention validated programs as well as their National Health Council Standards of Excellence and HONcode Certifications.
- ADVOCATE by: working with the government to create legislation that improves and protects quality of life.
- RESEARCH by: awarding research grants for the study of asthma and allergies.
In a world where the online presence of a company can sometimes be deceiving, I love that they received the above certifications AND are recognized by groups such as Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. Peace of mind is a beautiful thing!
I also love their Certified asthma & allergy friendly products guide. Their “asthma & allergy friendly” Certification Mark let’s me know which products and professional services meet their standards for being more suitable for people living with asthma and allergies.
Here are some things parents can share with their kids at AAFA’s TackleAsthma.org site.
- Real-life asthma stories from kids and public figures such as Rashad Jennings of the New York Giants.
- Downloadable The #TackleAsthmaPlaybook
Want to create awareness on your own? They also offer great social media tools like this one so that you can be a voice for those with asthma and food allergies!
Thank you, AAFA, for all our asthma and food allergy communities and for encouraging our kids to safely live a life without limits!