We are excited to announce that the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has resolved to recognize May 11-17, 2014 as Loudoun County Food Allergy Awareness Week! This is a time to raise awareness about food allergies in order to build a safer community for individuals who live with this potentially life-threatening health impairment. LAN would like to thank the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, especially Supervisor Ralph Buona who sponsored the proclamation, and all of the individuals who were an integral participant that allowed us this opportunity.
In attendance to accept the Proclamation for
What Can You Do?
- 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 where food has been consumed 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 that 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.
THANK YOU LOUDOUN COUNTY!
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy your day!
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.