May is Awareness Month for food allergies, celiac disease and asthma. It’s a great time to educate others about these significant and impactful diseases, which are too often misunderstood. For food allergy, the highlight of the month is Food Allergy Awareness Week, taking place May 9 to 15. Following are articles, posters and resources to help guide your own advocating efforts.
Resources From Allergic Living
- May 9 – Teal Takeover Day! Support food allergy awareness wearing teal clothes and accessories. Take “tealy good” photos to share on social media, using the hashtags #tealtakeover and #foodallergyawarenessweek
- May 12 – When’s Day: The Future of Food Allergy. Looking into the future of food allergy, with keynote sessions from the top minds in food science, treatment and diagnosis.
- May 13 – Learn how to get involved on Take Action Thursday! Find out how you can turn your food allergies into an action plan for advocacy, entrepreneurship and more.
- Check out FARE’s entire Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW) calendar here.
- May 9-15 – Share the FAACTS! Copy, paste and share one fact for each day of Food Allergy Awareness Week on social media. Learn more here.
- Teal Love Shines Bright Campaign – Show you care about those living with food allergies by displaying this cheery downloadable poster.
- Plus social media profile and cover images for Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW).
- Invite local media to participate in FAAW, with this helpful invite.
- See more FAACT Food Allergy Awareness resources and initiatives here.
- May 5 – World Asthma Day is celebrated worldwide. To honor the day, AAFA has released its the annual list of U.S. Asthma Capitals. Topping the list as the most challenging capital for asthma: Allentown, PA. The least challenging? El Paso, TX. See the full 2021 Allergy Capitals list here.
- May 11 – 7 p.m. ET: #foodallergy101 Twitter Chat co-hosted by Kids with Food Allergies
- May 13 – 1:30 p..m. ET: Webinar – Food Allergies in Infants and Toddlers with Dr. Mike Pistiner. Register here.
- May 15 – Support AAFA’s Chapters with a fun family day:
- 2-3 p.m. ET: Virtual concert with musician Kyle Dine, joined by MassGeneral’s Food Allergy Buddies program. Register here.
- 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT: Trivia Night with AAFA St. Louis. Register here.
- See the rest of AAFA’s Awareness Events here.
From Red Sneakers for Oakley
- May 20 – 4th Annual International Red Sneakers Day. Get out your red sneakers and help raise awareness of food allergies! Use the hashtags #Internationalredsneakersday, #foodallergyawareness and #Livlikeoaks.
- The Red Sneakers Day is now officially on the U.S. National Calendar! Read our article about the Day, the Debbs, and how you can participate here.
- See RSFO’s guide to May 20 here.
From Allergy & Asthma Network
- Celebrate Asthma Awareness Month with the Allergy and Asthma Network’s first Virtual Fitness Challenge. Learn more.
- May 4-5 – Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill (AADCH) Virtual Event. Register Here.
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.
- #RaiseYourVoice: Beyond Celiac is joining together with the celiac community to amplify, empower and engage positive voices around the country to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month.
- Get Celiac Awareness Month social graphics and frames, plus posters here.
- See their Celiac Awareness Month 2021 Hub here.
- May 16-22 – It’s National Eosinophil Awareness Week! Check out the activity calendar here.
- May 16 – Start sharing from a selection of social media images on eosinophil-associated diseases and a video here.
- May 19 – Contact your representative about vital legislation about to be reintroduced: the Medical Nutrition Equity Act. Learn more here.
- May 20 – Wear magenta to raise awareness of eosinophil-associated diseases.
- Throughout week: show support of those who live with eosinophil-associated diseases on social media with the hashtags #NEAW and #EosAware.
*American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders
From International FPIES Association
May 4 – National FPIES Awareness Day. Check out their event page here.
From Light It Teal
- #LightItTeal: See the list of scheduled lightings for May 2021. A reminder: Please don’t gather in groups to celebrate this year.
From Food Allergy Canada
- May 4 & 19 – Register for upcoming webinars with leading allergists here.
- Take a free online anaphylaxis course to learn more about food allergies and how to manage them.
- See the rest of their Food Allergy Awareness Month events here.
From Canadian Celiac Association
- May 1 – The CCA launches Celiac Awareness Month. Follow the hashtag #ItsNotPretend to get updates through the month.
- May 12 – Interactive Webinar: Gluten-Free 101 – Getting started on the gluten-free diet. Register Now!
- Check out the rest of their events here.
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