Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Lauren Warner As a teenager who is quickly approaching her college years, I have learned to grow more and more independent, managing my food allergies with ease. However, there are still instances where I just wish people understood food allergies! While awareness of the food allergy community has… Continue reading Raising Awareness: A Teen Perspective
Guest post from Teen Advisory Group member Josephine Schizer For many teenagers like myself, spending time with friends is very important. However, many social occasions are centered around food, which can be challenging due to my many anaphylactic food allergies. My friends often want to go out to eat, but it is difficult for me… Continue reading Dining Out with Food Allergy: A Teen’s Perspective
Guest post from Amanda Rodriguez The things we love the most stay within us. They become part of who we are. My name is Amanda Rodriguez, I am fifteen years old, and I currently attend Western High School in Davie, Florida. I’ve had a peanut allergy all my life, and it has shaped my life… Continue reading Embrace Your Allergies. They Make You Who You Are Today.
FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) members are leaders in the food allergy community, providing peer-to-peer mentorship and working on projects in their local communities. In 2016, TAG tackled a variety of topics including allergens in makeup, dating, food drives, and bullying. Here is a look, in their own words, at what they learned and accomplished… Continue reading A Look Back at 2016: Teen Advisory Group
The challenges of managing food allergy can also be a source of creative inspiration. Last year, FARE Teen Advisory Group member Maya Konoff interviewed 17-year-old Jake Fiore, a varsity soccer captain for Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan (New Jersey). Through a fundraiser he’s organized called Making Saves for Food Allergies, Jake is… Continue reading FARE Kids Who Care: A Part of Life, Not a Burden
My name is Daytona. I am allergic to peanuts. I’ve had symptoms of food allergies since I was born. When I was 10 months old, a friend gave me a cookie to chew on. My lips began to swell, my ears turned fire engine red, my cheeks puffed up and my eyes bulged. For my… Continue reading This is Daytona: A Food Allergy Role Model
This year’s 11th Annual Teen Summit introduced a few “FARE firsts.” First time in the Midwest. First time with an Ask-the-Experts Hour. And the first ever FARE Innovation Tank, which gave teens from across the nation a chance to pitch their big idea for how to address a problem faced by the food allergy community.… Continue reading Great Ideas Take the Stage at FARE Teen Summit Innovation Tank