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Living with Food Allergies. A Program of Family and Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension . The food of one may be poison for another. Lucretius De Rerum Natura. Food Allergies. Leading cause of anaphylaxis outside the hospital

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Living with Food Allergies

A Program of

Family and Community Health Sciences,

Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension



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Food Allergies

  • Leading cause of anaphylaxis outside the hospital

  • Lead to 30,000 emergency room visits annually

  • Estimated to cause 150 – 200 deaths each year

  • Symptoms can occur within minutes to 2 hours

    In many cases of reactions, the patient believed she/he was eating a safe food


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What does it mean to have a food allergy?

  • No cure

  • Many are lifelong

  • Strict food avoidance is only way to prevent a reaction

    Just one little bite can hurt!


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How Many People Have Food Allergies?

2 – 2.5% of U.S. population

  • Infants 4-6%

  • Young children 1-2%

  • Adults 1-1.5%

    6 - 7 million Americans


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Big Eight Allergens

  • 90% of all reactions come from peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish & wheat.

  • 10% come from over 160 other foods


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Tips for Living with Food Allergies

  • Learn terms for ingredients specific to the allergy

  • Read food labels every time

  • Prepare food carefully

  • Be careful when eating out

    • Tell wait staff & manager about allergy

    • Ask questions about ingredients & preparation.

    • Speak to chef.


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Visiting Family & Friends

  • Bring or send medication

  • Teach about food allergies & emergency care

  • Tell them which foods are safe or unsafe

  • Send or bring safe foods

  • Understand that host may be nervous


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FCHS Outreach

  • Parent & child care provider workshops

  • Professional Training – teachers, health care providers, dietitians & others

  • Exhibit

  • Food Service Provider Training

    For information or to schedule a program contact:

    Daryl Minch, FCHS Educator & Project Coordinator

    908-526-6295 or [email protected]

    Website: www.rcre.rutgers.edu


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Resources

  • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

    foodallergy.org, 800-929-4040

  • American Dietetic Association

    eatright.org, 800-877-1600

  • Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

    800-7-ASTHMA

  • International Food Information Council Foundation

    www.ificinfo.health.org, 202-296-6540


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Curriculum Components

  • 2 Power Point Presentationswith Speaker Notes

    • Public Version: food allergic people, caregivers, school teachers, etc.

    • Food Service Version- school cafeteria, camps, restaurants, etc.

  • Evaluations

  • Marketing Materials – news releases & brochure

  • Newsletter Article

  • Resource List

    Format:Curriculum on CD ROM Available June 1, 2008.

    Cost:$40 including S&H Available June 1, 2008.


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