21 Resources for Teens With Food Allergies

in College Corner, Food Allergy, Resources
Published: August 29, 2016

By Teens, for Teens

Allergy Alli – Allison Davin is an expressive girl with a lot to share. Her posts with stories, tips, recipes and pictures provide amazing outreach to other food allergic teens.

Kiss Me Kit – Young student Sydney Silverman has created an oral hygiene kit meant to ease the anxiety of that awkward, but necessary, conversation.

Eat Without Gluten – Sema Dibooglu is all about food, good gluten-free food, on her blog that focuses on recipes, product finds, restaurant recommendations, and life experiences with celiac disease.

Gluten Away – Like a young pioneer in living with celiac disease, Taylor Miller has created a very active blog of recipes and product reviews, as well as establishing an online gluten-free expo called GlutenAway Virtual Expo.

Nutties for a Change – Individually, they are each a bit shy, but when best friends Tiffani Pope (multiple food allergies) and Mariana Trejos (fragrance allergy) team up, a lively website with recipes, contests, and a “Teen Guide” are the result.

Teen FAAB – Katherine Schug’s website stands for Food Allergies & Anti-Bullying. This high school student focuses heavily on support and prevention, but lightens the mood with teen-friendly recipes and videos.

Teen with Food Allergies – Hannah Lank is a doer, and it shows in her honest, informational, and supportive articles. She openly shares her successes, her challenges, and useful lessons.

Allergic Living’s Students’ Corner – As food allergy teens venture into university and the world of young adulthood, we have articles, mostly written by students, to help ease the transition.

FARE Teen Summit – In 2018, this popular summit will be part of the annual FARECon summit, so parents and teens can arrive together, then go their separate ways to learn and share. The teen summit offers food-allergic teens the opportunity to meet others just like them, discuss social issues related to allergies, and have fun. See student Michael Mandanas report on the summit experience here.

FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) – A nationwide program where teen members get involved in online projects, youth awareness programs, peer-to-peer mentoring, and representing their geographic region. Food allergic teens can apply to join during designated times.

FARE’s Teen Food Allergy Support Group – This private Facebook group brings together members of TAG, but also welcomes other food allergic teens simply looking for like-minded friends and support.

Food Allergy Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) – Created and supported by Food Allergy Canada and led by Kyle Dine, famed food allergy musician and advocate, this amazing group of teens develops resources and projects for awareness, runs community conferences, participates in media, and so much more. Teens can apply to join or start out by attending one of their community events across Canada.

FAACT Teen Retreat – Here’s another opportunity for teens to gather, share and learn about managing their allergies and have fun meeting new peers. For 2018, the event takes place October in Cincinnati.

FAACT’s Teen Sibling Advisory Council – Siblings who advocate on behalf of a brother or sister with food allergies.

Food Allergy Teens Blog – This website is updated often with teen news and posts from members of TAG.

The Allergy Awareness Challenge – This Canadian high school awareness program provides fun educational games, information on anaphylaxis, and promotional materials for free. Students can easily request their school involvement.

Ultimate Guidebook for Teens with Allergies – E-book written by and for teens with food allergies. Great personal stories, with resources most suited to Canadian teens.

Why Risk It? – This website is dedicated to Canadian youth at risk for anaphylaxis, but has tools to offer food-allergic teens worldwide. The resources include webinars, podcasts, videos and more.

WhyRiskit? Teen Video Series – The Youth Advisory Panel at Anaphylaxis Canada produced these short films covering everything from Food Allergies and Dating to Traveling with Food Allergies.

WhyRiskit? Smartphone App – A food allergic university student, Nick Pothier, developed this free app to educate allergic preteens, teens and young adults about the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, treatment and emergency procedures. Available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.

Gluten-Free Holiday Cookbook – Taylor Miller has also created this resource with many of his easy gluten-free and dairy-free recipes plus product ideas and tips for navigating the tricky food-focused season.

See also: Food Allergic and Celiac Teens: Advocacy Meets Trending Online