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Normalizing food allergy and increasing empathy and support

There continues to be issues on understanding food allergy.

  • Food allergy is not consistently understood – 30% of Canadians were unaware that a person with a food allergy cannot consume any of their allergen, and less than 4-in-10 knew there was no cure  
  • There is public confusion between food allergy and food intolerance and a lack of understanding of the seriousness of food allergy which contributes to public insensitivity  

There are mental health impacts affecting youth with food allergy.  

  • 1-in-3 children with food allergy report being bullied, specifically because of their food allergy 
  • Students with food allergy experience social exclusion and stigma in schools  

We helped to bring groundbreaking school anaphylaxis policies like Sabrina’s Law to ensure students with food allergy were kept safe. 
We helped to make schools safer with AllergyAware.ca, our online course that provides anaphylaxis education to school personnel and childcare staff. 
This year, we launched a national student program to educate the next generation

Yet we need to ensure schools across the country incorporate food allergy education in school curriculum to normalize this condition, increase empathy, and build community skills around anaphylaxis management. 

Help us ensure schools across the country use our curriculum-linked programming to educate on food allergy.

Together, we can build knowledgeable and inclusive communities.

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