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 • 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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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 Minch@rcre.rutgers.edu Website: www.rcre.rutgers.edu
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
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.