On November 14, 2015, nearly 400 participants came together at the FARE Teen Summit in Washington, D.C. Their goal: to set a new Guinness World Records™ title achievement for the “Largest Allergy Awareness Lesson.”
To start the attempt, participants were ushered into a large ballroom, being counted one-by-one upon entry. During the official 30-minute lesson, teens and parents learned about allergic reactions, anaphylaxis and heard directly from teens who have experienced severe reactions.
Such powerful personal stories from the teens @ #FAREteens Guiness-World-Record setting food allergy awareness meeting – thank you
— Ali Bers (@Alice_Bers) November 14, 2015
Today, we’re proud to announce that our record was confirmed! We now hold the first ever world record related to food allergies. This event demonstrates FARE’s ongoing commitment to informing the masses about this growing public health concern.
— Karen Palmer (@KPalmer433) November 14, 2015
“FARE is proud to have Guinness World Records recognize our achievement and efforts to educate the public about the serious nature of food allergies,” said Scott Riccio, senior vice president of education and advocacy at FARE. “We hope this event serves as a catalyst for future large-scale food allergy education events and emphasizes the need for greater public awareness about this serious medical condition.”
For more information about the FARE Teen Summit, visit www.foodallergy.org/teensummit.