MARYVILLE, TN (October 14, 2015) The rate of people experiencing food allergies is growing. Currently 15 Million Americans have food allergies. Most people have a friend or family member with a food allergy (or have one themselves).
The Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) works to raise community awareness of food allergies and to provide support and education to those managing food allergies.
Food Allergy Management: Tips and Tools, a presentation by Amanda Painter, South Chapter Coordinator for FACET, will share educational information that will benefit anyone who manages a food allergy or cares about someone with a food allergy. Topics will include reaction prevention, emergency preparedness, navigating social situations, and the emotional aspect of food allergies.
Attend this presentation on Monday, October 19, at 7 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room at Blount County Public Library.
Avoiding allergens can cause a lifestyle adjustment, affect social interactions and lead to feelings of isolation. Learn how to educate family and friends about food allergies and what support is needed. Learn how to navigate social situations and lessen the negative emotional impact of food allergies.
It takes a great deal of knowledge, time, work and support to manage food allergies. Often the individual/family managing a food allergy needs more information than can be covered in a single doctor’s appointment. Painter will share resources for support and where to find accurate and credible information. Attendees will increase their knowledge of food allergies and gain confidence in food allergy management.
Painter will share materials and resources for proper food handling and cooking in order to avoid contact with allergens. Dining out can be difficult to navigate with food allergies. FACET will provide tips for restaurant dining that can increase the likelihood of dining safely.
Food labels can be confusing and not provide detailed information needed for someone managing food allergies. Painter will identify the limitations of food labels, show how to research ingredients, and how to avoid allergens.
The presentation will provide information on identifying individuals at high risk of anaphylaxis and tips on how to appropriately manage these risks. Materials will also be shared to assist in the recognition and avoidance of hazardous foods and eating choices.
Emergency preparedness is vital for those managing food allergies. This presentation will share tools that aid in recognizing signs and symptoms, information on proper care and storage of epinephrine, and why two epinephrine auto-injectors should always be accessible for those at risk of anaphylaxis.
Amanda Painter is South Chapter Coordinator for the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee and also works as Director of Education and Development for the organization. She serves as a co-chair for Knoxville’s 2015 FARE Walk for Food Allergy.
Through the Allergy & Asthma Network, Painter assists as a team coordinator for the local Anaphylaxis Community Expert team. In additional to her local efforts, she is also a member of the National Education Subcommittee for Food Allergy Research and Education, the nation’s leading food allergy nonprofit.
Free and open to the public, this program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.