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 8 to 14. Following are articles, posters and resources to help guide your own advocating efforts.
Resources From Allergic Living
Ask the Allergists
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How Can You Tell if a Child’s Rash is a Sign of Food Allergy?
When Is There A Risk of an Airborne Food Allergy Reaction?
Is It Possible to Tell if a Person’s Food Allergy is ‘Not Severe’?
Is It Better to Inject a Second Dose of Epinephrine Into the Opposite Thigh?
Allergist Scott Sicherer Tackles Several Crucial Food Allergy Questions
See more expert Q&As here.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is offering 31 days of action for Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month 2022. See full list here. Some highlights:
• May 10 #AllergyCare Twitter chat at 8 p.m. ET on when and how to use asthma and allergy medications.
• May 16 Advocacy Day: Ask your elected officials to support the Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act and the Medical Nutrition Equity Act to help improve the lives of people with asthma and food allergies.
• AAFA and its sister organization Kids with Food Allergies are offering awareness ribbons and social media profile pictures here.
• May 29 Plant a tree day. AAFA offers a list of allergy-friendly trees. (For more on gardening, see this article)
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is focusing on Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 8 to 14, and dubbing it #TealTakover time. You’re encouraged to: dress in teal, share photos with the hashtag, and hold allergy fundraising events, such as car washes. They’ve also got themed days throughout the week, including:
- May 9 Menu Monday – from a cooking demo to experts speaking on food allergy labels and nutrition.
- May 11 Breakthrough Wednesday – with discussion of new food allergy diagnostics.
- May 12 Take Action Thursday – a day dedicated to learning about how to advocate, including Sen. Chris Murphy and FARE’s own government affairs experts.
- Check out FARE’s full Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW) calendar.
For May awareness month, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection (FAACT) is running a campaign called “Our Teal Way of Life”. So the community can share this campaign, FAACT has created an appealing array of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profile photos as well as social media covers.
Find them here, along with the non-profit’s downloadable poster (shown) for Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW).
May 8-14 Share the FAACTS! Copy, paste and share one fact for each day of Food Allergy Awareness Week on social media. Find the images and sample social posts and tweets here. FAACT asks that you use the hashtag: #OurTealWayOfLife in addition to #foodallergyawareness.
From Red Sneakers For Oakley
May 20 – The Red Sneakers for Oakley (RSFO) foundation holds it 5th Annual International Red Sneakers Day. Get out your red sneakers and help raise awareness of food allergies!
Participating is easy:
1. Take a photo of yourself in red sneakers/shoes, RSFO clothing, or anything red.
2. Post your photo on social media. RSFO suggests a caption that accomplishes any of: promoting food allergy awareness with a food allergy fact, shares a personal experience, or explains Oakley’s story and the seriousness of food allergies.
3. Use hashtags: #internationalredsneakersday, #redsneakersforoakley, #foodallergyawareness, #livlikeoaks and tag @redsneakersforoakley on Facebook and Instagram or @oakley_red on Twitter.
From Allergy & Asthma Network
Join the Allergy & Asthma Network virtually for its 25th annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill. The Network says to “take charge and make a change by being an advocate for allergies, asthma, and related conditions”. Learn more and register here.
You’re asked to use the hashtag #AADCH2022 in related social media posts.
May 4 – Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill (AADCH) Virtual Event. Register Here.
From Beyond Celiac
The national non-profit Beyond Celiac is celebrating Celiac Awareness Month during the month of May.
- May 1-31 – 2022 Step Beyond Celiac 5K. Sign up and walk or run for to raise funds for celiac disease research during awareness month. Learn how to set up your personal or team fundraiser here.
- Spread celiac disease awareness with Beyond Celiac’s PSA video and other tools.
- Get Celiac Awareness Month social graphics and frames, plus posters here.
The American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders has a full program of events to celebrate and raise awareness of eosinophil-associated diseases, including EoE.
- May 15-21 – It’s National Eosinophil Awareness Week! Check out APFED’s day-by-day calendar of suggested activities here.
- May 19 – 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.
From International FPIES Association
National FPIES Awareness Day was held on May 4. From symptoms to research and advocacy, learn about FPIES here.
From Food Allergy Canada
Canada’s food allergy non-profit is raising food allergy awareness during Food Allergy Awareness month, and using the hashtags #FAAM and #KnowItTreatIt in their campaign.