“Be Your Own Advocate”: Teens at FARE’s Annual Food Allergy Conferences

Carlo Steinman Profile PictureCollege sophomore Carlo Steinman is a member of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and will be attending FARE’s Food Allergy Conference this weekend in Oak Brook, IL. Each of our three conferences this year will feature a special teen program that will run alongside the general conference programs from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Programming is being developed with input from local members of FARE’s TAG and will feature peer-driven experiential sessions that will be both fun and educational.

We asked Carlo to tell us a bit about himself and his experience at our conferences in the past.

Tell us about your food allergies and why you’re involved with FARE.

My name is Carlo Steinman, and I am allergic to milk, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, sesame, fish, shellfish, most fruits and some vegetables. I work with FARE to help food-allergic young people learn that we are not alone and that there are others like us out there who are going through similar things.

You’ve been to our Food Allergy Conferences before – what was your favorite part?

My favorite part of previous conferences has been the teen lunch session because it provides an empowering environment for socializing with peers while simultaneously learning to better manage my allergies.

What are you most excited about for this year’s conference?

I’m excited to share my experiences growing up and living away from my parents to help others who have not yet gotten to that point of their lives feel more confident about the future.

If you could give one piece of advice to other teens with food allergies, what would it be?

My one piece of advice to other teens with food allergies is to be your own advocate. It’s not easy to always stand up for yourself, but if you do, your food allergies will not stand in the way of leading a happy and fulfilling life.

There’s still time to register for one of our upcoming conferences, being held in Oak Brook, IL (May 4); Arlington, VA (May 18); and Anaheim, CA (June 1). Register today on our website: www.foodallergy.org/conferences

Please note that pre-registration for the Oak Brook conference closes at 5pm EST on April 30, 2013. On-site registration will be available starting at 8 AM on Saturday, May 4 in the Hyatt’s 2nd Floor Foyer. Space is still available and we will not sell out.

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