· Did you know that one in 13 children under the age of 18 years of age are affected from food allergies?
· This number is only on the rise and according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1997-2011, food allergies have increased by 50%.
· Sadly, we don’t know why these numbers are increasing.
· Children with food allergies often feel left out and isolated as it’s difficult for them to “share” food. Halloween proposes a particular challenge for parents with food allergies. The candy filled pumpkin offered up with generosity and fun is a perilous bowl of potential threats for those with food allergies.
· Candy typically may contain milk, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and latex, some of the most common causes of food allergies.
What is the Teal Pumpkin Project™?
· Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.
AMAZINGLY! Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project™ by putting out a teal painted pumpkin to signify that their treats were “food allergy safe”. This year, you can be part of an even bigger movement by joining 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal PumpkinProject™!
Gramercy Allergy and Asthma Took The Pledge Have You?
What Do You Have to Do To Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™?
· Place a teal painted pumpkin outside your home or a sign signifying you have non-food related treats available to trick-or-treaters.
Join FARE and 100,000 other households across the USA in providing allergy free treats.
· Want to download a sign? Visit the FARE website http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project/downloads#.VgFbFt9VhBc
What are Some Easy Ideas for Non-Food Treats to use for the Teal Pumpkin Project™?
· Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
· Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
· Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
· Mini Slinkies
· Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
· Bouncy balls
· Finger puppets or novelty toys
· Spider rings
· Vampire fangs
· Mini notepads
· Playing cards
How Can You Get More Involved with Food Allergy Awareness?
Participate in the FARE WALK For Food ALLERGY- and Help us Say Farewell to Food Allergies.
When? Saturday October 10, 2015
Where? Westchester NY- Glen Island Park (Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Check In @ 1PM with Walk Ceremony starting 230.
Register at Food Allergy Walk Westchester
Or visit the FARE Website
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Halloween and Food Allergy