For many, the month of MAY brings up visions of flowers gently swaying in the wind, sunny skies and warmer temperatures.

tulips
Photo by sergee bee

 

Some may be anticipating Mother’s Day and spending time with family.

mother and children photo
Photo by Edward Cisneros

 

Still others might be excited for the official start of summer!

picture of person jumping into water
Photo by Brooklyn Morgan

 

While all of these celebrations enter my mind, I also eagerly await MAY because it is a special time that I can join thousands of others in sharing a bit about food allergies, increasing awareness around the world and hopefully improving and saving lives.

picture of a calendar opened to May

In the past, some of our activities  for Food Allergy Awareness Week have included:

  • hosting taste tests of allergy friendly food at daycare
  • donating food allergy children’s books to schools
  • reading stories in classrooms and teaching food allergy lessons
  • passing out food allergy bookmarks, word searches and coloring pages
  • sharing fact sheets with coworkers
  • wearing teal
  • sharing our food allergy story
  • posting graphics, videos, tips and stats on social media and more!

 

During the month of May, there are many celebrations focusing on food allergies, FPIES, EoE and Celiac Disease.

ENTIRE MONTH OF MAY

  • National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • Celiac Disease Awareness Month
  • Asthma Awareness Month

 

SPECIFIC DAYS OR WEEKS

  • May 1: World Asthma Day
  • May 4: National FPIES Awareness Day
  • May 13-19: Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW)
  • May 20 – 26: National Eosinophil Awareness Week (NEAW)

Looking for resources to educate family, coworkers and friends?  How about graphics and sample tweets for your website?

Check out these organizations below which have a wealth of information and shareable content!

FOOD ALLERGIES

If you have a food allergy, your immune system overreacts to a particular protein found in that food. Symptoms can occur when coming in contact with just a tiny amount of the food… Food allergy reactions can be life-threatening, so people with this type of allergy must be very careful to avoid their food triggers. ~AAAAI

FARE

Action calendar, presentations, fact sheets, social media graphics for caregivers, teachers and friends.

FAACT

Free posters, food allergy curricula for schools, press release flyers, social media graphics and more!

KFA

Sharable images, tweets, profile pics, infographics, videos, events, Twitter chats, PSAs and more!

 

CELIAC DISEASE

Celiac disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy), sometimes called sprue or coeliac, is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. ~Mayo Clinic

Beyond Celiac

Free gluten free recipes, infographics, symptom checklist.

Celiac Disease Foundation

Recipes, checklists, stories, brochures and videos.

 

Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome

(FPIES)

Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES), sometimes referred to as a delayed food allergy, is a severe condition causing vomiting and diarrhea. In some cases, symptoms can progress to dehydration and shock brought on by low blood pressure and poor blood circulation. ~AAAAI

International FPIES Association

Blog, webinar, fact sheets, resources for patients and caregivers.

The FPIES Foundation

Toolbox, symptom checker, videos, blog, registry.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a recognized chronic allergic/immune condition. A person with EoE will have inflammation of the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that sends food from the mouth to the stomach. ~AAAAI

APFED

Toolkits, awareness images, facts, flyers and daily activities!

 

ASTHMA

Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. ~AAAAI

CDC

Toolkit with podcast, basics, social media graphics, Asthma Action Plans, interactive classroom activities and How to videos!

AAFA

Sharable images, tweets, profile pics, infographics, videos, events, Twitter chats, PSAs and more!

Whether you or a loved one is dealing with food allergies, FPIES, EoE, asthma or celiac disease, I hope these resources provide valuable tools and information to help you to educate others in the community.

 

SHARE in the comments below a FAVORITE RESOURCE or how YOU plan to celebrate!

 

AUTHOR

Donna DeCosta, Founder FoodASC.com

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  1. Daniella Knell

    Thank you for sharing so many ideas with your followers! I have heard many people ask ‘what can I do to help raise awareness?’. In the past I gave some of our favorite food allergy focused books to students, had two ‘allergy friendly’ bake sales to raise money to purchase books for the library, had ice cream parties, taught students how to use auto injectors.. and many of these involved food allergy kids themselves! This year is still being determined.. but I can promise it will include interaction, FUN and empowering our kids to take care of one another!

    1. Donna DeCosta Listing Owner

      Love your ideas, Daniella! Thanks for sharing with us. Did you have the bake sale at school or outside of school? Were the books for the school library or public library?