Getting involved in Food Allergy Awareness week
Each year in May, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia host Food Allergy Week, an initiative that aims to increase awareness of food allergy in the community. The aim is to promote understanding of food allergies and therefore help protect those at risk.
As someone who understands allergy, you can play an important role during Food Allergy Week by helping educate your own community on how to:
- help prevent allergic reactions from occurring.
- assist people in recognising signs and symptoms of allergic reations so they know what to do in an emergency.
Each year, there are many different ways that you can get involved in the campaign and ‘Show you care’. These often include activities such as:
• Painting one nail to symbolise that one in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy.1,2
• Encouraging your friends or family to adopt an allergy for a day/week to better understand the challenges people with allergy face every single day.
• Hold your own community fundraising or awareness-raising event during the week.
You can learn more about Food Allergy Week on the Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia website. There is plenty of information about allergies that you can show to people to who want to learn more, as well as resources and downloads to help you take part when Food Allergy Week comes around again.
1. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). Allergy and Immune Diseases in Australia (AIDA) Report 2013. Available at http://www.allergy.org.au/ascia-reports/allergy-and-immune-diseases-in-australia-2013. Accessed 10 Sept 2015. 2. Osborne et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2011;127:668–76.