Raising awareness about allergies doesn’t have to be hard. Here are a few simple ways that you can get involved.
Teal is the official color for food allergy awareness! Whether you grab a teal tee shirt or go all out with an accessorized outfit, find a way to fit teal into your wardrobe this week!
Once you are rocking your teal be sure to share a selfie with your friends use the hashtags #tealtakeover #allergyawarenessweek. And don’t forget to tag The Art of Allergies in your picture!!
Share your allergy story
For those of us living this food allergy life, sharing our story is powerful!
First, talking or writing about your experience can be incredibly cathartic. The scary, hard stories, and stories of success.
Next, there is something about a personal testimony that the food allergy community gravitates to. It provides a sense of connection when so often, we feel disconnected from a culture dominated by food.
Finally, these stories help others learn and better understand what this life honestly looks like. This aims to increase overall awareness, which can only help grow compassion.
Offer a message of love to someone with food allergies
Extending kind words to others is a great rule to live by!
Maybe you live the allergy life, or perhaps you don’t, in either case, the simple gesture of sending a message of love will overwhelm and lift the heart of anyone who is on this allergy journey.
Let them know that you see them! That you recognize the stress, they must carry day to day, meal to meal. That you admire their strength in navigating the challenges, and that you celebrate their success!
Contact your legislature
At the moment, there are several initiatives that you can support to improve the quality of life for those in the food allergy community!
Better labeling laws, establishing allergy guidelines in childcare settings, and fighting for affordable and accessible epinephrine are hugely needed changes! Each one of the initiatives is being taken up due to loss of lives with a hope that, if enacted, lives will be saved in the future.
Please consider adding your voice to the discussion so that Congress and other legislature see the massive support for these changes.
Educate your children/students
If the child has food allergies, talk to them about what that means! Show them their auto-injectors. Read labels to them in the grocery store. Cook with them! Teach them to advocate (I’m not suggesting that a 4-year-old be entirely responsible without adult oversight, but they will have to know this someday, start now!)
If you work with children in a school or childcare setting, teach them that some people live with food allergies and what that means. Encourage kindness and respect; handwashing, not sharing food, and knowing when to get help are all ways children can be good friends to those with food allergies!
Research, education, and advocacy require money. A donation to a national or local non-profit food allergy organization assists in furthering their mission!
Let’s raise awareness together!
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