Detective Spot D. Allergen
A fun way to be Food Allergy Aware!
Preschools, Schools, Daycare, Support Groups, Family Education, Healthcare Providers
Are you a food allergy detective?
Try this fun activity* at home or ask your teacher to work with your class! The activity includes:
The Food Allergy Information Station
Support Groups, Schools, PTA/PTO, Community Events
Create your own Food Allergy Information Station*! This is a wonderful way to raise awareness. Display the Food Allergy Information Station in areas within your community so that it is visible to many. For example, in school you may request to have the Food Allergy Information Station near the entrance or the front office so that everyone who enters the school will stop to read. Another example is to display the Food Allergy Information Station at your school or local library. Request to have the librarian position books about food allergies around the Food Allergy Information Station. Books like, "The Day I Met The Nuts", "The Princess and The Peanut" and "The BugaBees Friends With Food Allergies". You will need Acrobat Reader to view and download the files below. Get Acrobat Reader.
Feel free to print the following documents to create your Food Allergy Information Station.
Find The Hidden Allergen Game PDF
This download includes the printouts and labels for your Food Allergy Information Station.
Ingredients List & Explanation to the Find The Hidden Allergen Game
Feel free to print this out and add this anywhere on the Food Allergy Information Station or bind it and leave it out for others to read!
Common and Uncommon Allergens
Print this document and affix it on the Food Allergy Information Station. In our example, it in the center.
AllergyHome Awareness Posters for Download
These are wonderful awareness posters that may be printed. The size may need to be minimized to fit the Food Allergy Information Station, but is an eye-catching way to raise awareness to food allergies.
Several national organizations have resources for observing Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW).
Click on each image to be taken to their FAAW web-page.
Click on each image to be taken to their FAAW web-page.
Individuals and Schools Within Loudoun County and Beyond
- Wash hands with soap and water after eating. No sink? Use hand sanitizing wipes (not hand sanitizing gels which DO NOT remove the allergens)! This reduces the risk of spreading allergens.
- Clean surfaces with commercial cleaning agents (and a towel, sponge or paper towel that has not come in contact with allergens) or commercial wipes (not hand sanitizing gels which DO NOT remove the allergens) before a food allergic friend visits your home. Did you know that a study was conducted which revealed the peanut protein can remain on a surface for up to 110 days?
- Wear the color teal in support of those with food allergies. Teal is the awareness color for food allergies and wearing teal will show that we are committed to a safer place to live, learn, work and play in our community!
- Post a daily food allergy and anaphylaxis fact each day during FAAW on Facebook, your personal blog, or on Twitter, submit a post about food allergies and anaphylaxis and about the Loudoun County Food Allergy Awareness Week. Don't forget the hashtags #LoCoFAAW, #FAAW and/or #FoodAllergy!
- Contact your local media! Contact your local radio and television stations to incorporate a food allergy and anaphylaxis related segment into their programming schedule during FAAW.
- Follow us on Facebook.com/LoudounAllergyNetwork or on Twitter.com/LoudounAllergy
- Make your own version of a food allergy awareness and/or educational poster or bookmark!
- Support others! Download, print, and share information about the upcoming food allergy conference hosted by FAACT. Share the flyer with local allergist offices, educators, and individuals in your community. AllergyHome.org has wonderful posters to download and share that are great for all ages.
- Provide your school with food allergy resources! Purchase a subscription to Allergic Living or a food allergy for children's book.
- Educate your student body and their families about food allergies and anaphylaxis! Order FREE FAACT awareness and educational bookmarks to share with school personnel and students.
- Announce FAAW in your monthly newsletter! Inform your school community about Food Allergy Awareness Week by sharing the information in your monthly newsletter! Include educational links, including a link to Loudoun Allergy Network.
- Educate your school staff! Visit Allergyhome.org for FREE online food allergy training for your school staff.
- Encourage students to get involved! Have students engage in classroom activities (see below activities), or have students create "buddy posters" on ways they can help keep food allergic classmates safe.
- Educate with morning announcements! For each day of the week during FAAW, share a food allergy and/or anaphylaxis statistic (age appropriate) during morning announcements. AllergyHome has created a wonderful list of announcements that may be used. There are five (5) suggested announcements, one for each day of the week during FAAW!
- Wear Teal! Pick a day during FAAW to wear teal in your school to show that together we will show that we are committed to a safer place to live, learn, work and play in our community!
- Set up a food allergy display! Set up an Food Allergy Information Station and/or FAAW display with books and reference material about food allergies and anaphylaxis in your school library or the school's front entrance.
TERMS OF PARTICIPATION: The Detective Spot D. Allergen activity is targeted to children but anyone can participate! The Detective Spot D. Allergen activity, the Food Allergy Information Station, and any suggested activity are intended as an awareness effort and not to be taken as medical advice. By participating, you, the participant, are fully aware of what you are participating in and agree to be responsible for the outcome and/or any cost associated with participating. LAN does not take responsibility for the cost for participating in any activities listed above. By participating in the Detective Spot D. Allergen activity, the Food Allergy Information Station and any suggested activity you are agreeing to these terms. If you are concerned about your specific food allergies, please seek assistance from your physician. LAN reserves the right to update the terms without notice.