May is Awareness Month for food allergies, celiac disease and asthma, a great time to share knowledge about these important but often misunderstood diseases. Food allergy efforts ramp up during May 10-16, with Food Allergy Awareness Week. Following are articles, posters and resources to assist your advocating efforts.
Resources From Allergic Living
- May 10 – Teal Takeover Day! Support food allergy awareness by wearing teal and sharing photos to social media. Use the hashtags, #tealtakeover and #foodallergyweek
- May 12 – Participate in FARE’s first Virtual Research Symposium at 1:00 p.m. ET. Register here.
- May 13 – Take the Top 9-Free Meal Challenge in honor of Anaphylaxis Awareness Day.
- Check out the rest of FARE’s Food Allergy Awareness Week calendar here.
- May 10-16 – Share the FAACTS! Copy, paste and share one fact for each day of Food Allergy Awareness Week on social media. Learn More.
- Teal Love Shines Bright Campaign – Show that you care about people living with food allergies by proudly displaying this cheery downloadable poster.
- See the rest of FAACT’s Food Allergy Awareness Initiatives here.
- May 7 – Annual list of Asthma Capitals released. See the 2020 Allergy Capitals here.
- May 19-25 – EoE (eosinophilic esophagitis) Awareness Week
- See the rest of AAFA’s Awareness Events here.
From Red Sneakers for Oakley
- May 20 – 3rd Annual International Red Sneakers Day. Get out your red sneakers and help raise awareness of food allergies! Use the hashtags #Internationalredsneakersday and #Livlikeoaks
- Download their Food Allergy Awareness Handbook here.
From Allergy & Asthma Network
- May 20 – Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill 2020 Virtual Advocacy Campaign. Learn more.
- Webinar: The Latest in Food Allergy Diagnosis
From Beyond Celiac
- May 1-31 – 2020 Virtual Step Beyond Celiac 5K. Sign up and walk for celiac disease research from anywhere any day in May.
- #StillMovingBeyondCeliac: Check out their Celiac Awareness Month 2020 Hub here.
From Turn It Teal
- Check out Turn it Teal’s site list of scheduled lightings for May 2020. A reminder: Please don’t gather in groups to celebrate this year.
- May 17-23 – National Eosinophil Awareness Week
- Show support of those who live with eosinophil-associated diseases on social media with the hashtags #NEAW20 and #EosAware.
From Food Allergy Canada
- May-June – Register for online events, or view the entire calendar here.
- Get the facts and hacks behind food allergy by checking out FAC’s #FoodAllergyHacks and sharing their informational gifs.
- Check out the rest of their Food Allergy Awareness Month Hub here.
From Canadian Celiac Association
- May 16 – International Celiac Disease Awareness Day – #GetYourGlowBack as Canadian iconic buildings and structures will glow with green lights in support of celiac disease.
- May 26 – Webinar: Could it be celiac disease? Learn more.
- View their Celiac Awareness Month Hub here.
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