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Get involved – September 2020

September 18, 2020

Last call to sign up your 7-15-year-old for our Allergy Pals/Allies online peer mentorship program. Check out our “encore presentation series” with this month’s focus on allergy safety. Attend an upcoming small group webinar on managing food allergy and anaphylaxis. Plus, learn about our support groups and connect with one virtually.

Register now: Allergy Pals/Allies online peer mentorship program – fall session starting September 26th

Registration closes soon for our free 8-week online mentorship program for kids 7-15-years-old. The program will run from September 26-November 24, 2020. This is a perfect time for kids to connect virtually and learn how to confidently manage their food allergy!

By participating in the program, kids will:

  • Build a support network by connecting with other children who have food allergy
  • Learn strategies for managing their food allergy
  • Feel more confident managing their food allergy

Get an overview of the program by watching the video below. You’ll learn about how the program works, the program expectations, and the time commitment.

Allergy safety encore presentation series

In this series, we feature past online events and webinars. This month, watch our allergy safety series to brush up on your ongoing allergy management as you begin to go back to school and work.

You’ll learn tips for staying safe with food allergy, the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, the top misconceptions about food allergy and more.

Check out the videos below and share with others who may benefit!

For young kids

Food Allergy Storyteller Series with Kyle Dine: Allergy Safety

In this 20-minute video, Kyle gives the background on 3 songs related to safely managing food allergy. His personal stories provide helpful information and reminders for the steps youth can take to stay safe. Your child will likely relate to some of the situations Kyle describes, and be inspired by his empowering messages.

For youth and young adults

Real allergic reaction stories from youth

Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, the importance of using your epinephrine auto-injector, and hear empowering reaction stories from youth and their lessons learned.

The physical and emotional side of severe allergic reactions

Learn the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, when to use epinephrine, and how to navigate both the physical and emotional sides of allergic reactions.

Hear from Kyle Dine, food allergy educator and leader of our youth programs, Canadian allergist Dr. Julia Upton, and a panel of youth/young adults with food allergy who share their reaction stories and lessons learned.

For anyone interested in food allergy

Anaphylaxis 101

Learn about anaphylaxis, the most serious type of an allergic reaction. Discover what causes anaphylaxis, what the symptoms are, and how to treat it.

Food allergy Do’s and Don’ts

Get educated with these fun “do’s and don’ts” videos. These videos are less than a minute and cover simple ways of keeping safe during the pandemic.

Celebrate safely
If you’re planning a celebration in your social bubble, offer non-food treats that will be safe for all.

Make sure your environment is safe for your loved ones with food allergy. Watch this video for a quick look at the do’s and don’ts around removing allergens from your hands.

Double dipping
Be allergy aware. Don’t use the same utensils when making foods that may contain an allergen.

No picking
Remember it’s important NOT to remove an allergen (a food that someone is allergic to) from food and serve it to someone with that food allergy.

Food allergy myths and facts

Learn the top misconceptions about food allergy to help you separate fact from fiction. Having the right information is important for managing food allergy safely and confidently.

Understanding when to use epinephrine

Learn when to use epinephrine, the role of epinephrine and the importance of using it during anaphylaxis.

Small group webinar: Managing food allergy and anaphylaxis

Parent mentors (left to right) Sarah, Elaine and Jen

Get your questions on food allergy and anaphylaxis answered while connecting with others who can relate. Attend one of our free 90-minute interactive webinars led by a trained parent mentor. You’ll learn fundamental information about daily management and living confidently with food allergy and the risk of anaphylaxis.

These sessions are geared towards parents of children who have been recently diagnosed with a food allergy; however, anyone looking to learn more about food allergy is welcome to attend.

Following the session, you’ll be able to answer:

  • What are food allergy and anaphylaxis
  • How to avoid a reaction
  • What are the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
  • What to do in an emergency

We have extended the number of participants that can attend these sessions. Spots fill up quickly, so be sure to register now! Our next sessions are Tuesday, September 22nd and Saturday, October 3rd.

If you have already attended one of these webinars, please help us spread the word so others can also benefit. Please share!

Discover our support groups across Canada and connect with one virtually!

Stephanie, Elaine and Sarah, leaders of Metro Vancouver support group.
Stephanie, Elaine and Sarah, leaders of Metro Vancouver support group.

Support groups provide a warm and caring environment for you to get help in dealing with the day-to-day stress of being at risk of anaphylaxis or having a child who is at risk. Plus, it’s a great way to keep updated on any new developments in the food allergy community.

Visit our support group page to connect with one of our support groups and learn about their leaders. Most of our support groups have have online presence on social media where you can connect virtually with them. Find one near you and connect online! If there isn’t one in your community, we’ll help you get one started.

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