When it comes to food allergies, resolve to make 2014 a safe and fulfilling year for you and your family. The beginning of a new year is a good time to take a step back and think about what more you can do for yourself, a loved one with food allergy, and the food allergy community. We hope you’ll join us in making this year a great one by being prepared, raising awareness, and advocating for all those with food allergies. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions to add to your list:
1. Be prepared in case of an allergic reaction
Accidents happen. Make it your goal to take every precaution necessary to be prepared in case of an allergic reaction.
- Wear emergency medical identification at all times. Through our partnership with MedicAlert, we offer discounted medical IDs and services through the MyVoice program. Whether you have a food allergy yourself or are the parent of a child with food allergies, the MyVoice program is there for you to help communicate your vital medical information in an emergency situation.
- Always carry your epinephrine auto-injector wherever you go. Make it your goal to never leave home without your medication!
- Develop an action plan. Work with your doctor to fill out a Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan. This document outlines recommended treatment in case of an allergic reaction, is signed by your physician and includes emergency contact information.
2. Volunteer your time to raise awareness about food allergies
There are many opportunities to get more involved with educating others and advocating for those with food allergies.
- Sign up for a FARE Walk for Food Allergy or volunteer to help make your local event a success.
- Give a presentation at a school, library, or workplace. You can use one of our template presentations to educate others and raise awareness in your community. You can also purchase a children’s book to read to a classroom at a local school.
- Sign up for the FARE Advocacy Action Center to make sure you are notified when legislation in your area is pending that needs your support.
3. Learn something new about food allergy
Educating yourself and others about the serious nature of food allergies is critical to moving our cause forward.
- Sign up for our free monthly webinars. FARE hosts educational webinars designed to help you live life well with food allergies. Each month, we feature leading experts discussing the topics related to food allergy that you most want to hear about.
- Subscribe to our blog to keep up with the latest news. Our blog features recipes, news, activities, and more about all the most important matters in food allergy today.
Thank you for your support in 2013, and we look forward to fulfilling our New Year’s resolutions along with you!