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Latest news from Food Allergy Canada – September 2021

September 10, 2021

#MakeFoodAllergyCount by sending your local federal candidates a letter with our #FoodAllergyVotes campaign – it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Check out our resources and tools for back-to-school and participate in our “What’s in your backpack?” contest before it closes. Register for our upcoming webinar with Dr. Philippe Bégin and hear about what makes your food allergy severe. Plus, sign up your 7-15-year-old for the fall session of Allergy Pals/Allies online mentorship.

#FoodAllergyVotes: Tell your federal candidates to #MakeFoodAllergyCount 

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Canada’s 44th federal election is taking place on Monday, September 20th, and we need your help to #MakeFoodAllergyCount!

With our #FoodAllergyVotes campaign, we are calling on the federal government to make food allergy a priority by supporting the National Food Allergy Action Plan, which includes a comprehensive strategy on how to improve access to accurate ingredient information and on educating the broader community on the seriousness of food allergy. Your voice is needed to make #FoodAllergyVotes heard and the national plan a reality.

Send all your local candidates a letter with the click of a button

Tell them to #MakeFoodAllergyCount by supporting the National Food Allergy Action Plan. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to send a letter! Please do so now.

You have the power to make an impact this federal election

Having local candidates hear directly from people impacted by food allergy is very powerful. Discover more ways you get involved in our #FoodAllergyVotes campaign section and help #MakeFoodAllergyCount. 

Share with your friends and family to amplify the impact. By reaching out to your networks, you will significantly increase the number of candidates reached.

Back-to-school 2021: Resources, contests, and more

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Class is officially in session for students across the country! We are grateful for our sponsors who supported our #ImReady: Back-to-school 2021 campaign over the last month, including our educational webinars and events, and helped us get kids Ready for back-to-school.

Our back-to-school section will remain available throughout September to ensure you have the resources and tools you need to navigate back-to-school with food allergy confidently and safely. Discover our tools and resources below, plus, don’t miss out on our fun contest that closes this weekend)!

Contest closing this Sunday, September 12th: What’s in your backpack?

Tell us what’s in your backpack and how you’re ready for school with food allergy for a chance to win an exclusive Food Allergy Canada prize pack. It’s easy to enter – just submit a photo, video, or written paragraph on what you would include. Watch the video to get inspired and enter by September 12th. Don’t miss out on our fun prize pack including (one of each): 

Food Allergy Canada prize pack
Food Allergy Canada prize pack
  • #ShineATealLight glow-in-the-dark bracelet 
  • Think FAST poster 
  • Ultimate Guidebook for Teens with Food Allergies 
  • Food allergy hero button 
  • Food Allergy Canada sunglasses 
  • Food Allergy Canada phone holder 

COVID-19 vaccines and food allergy

Find information on COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens, including those with food allergy, and recommendations for going back-to-school from our webinar recording featuring leading experts.

Watch our recorded webinars and events

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Last month, we hosted sessions with experts to help youth and parents get Ready for back-to-school. Check out the recordings, including “What’s it like to go to middle school and high school with food allergy” with Kyle Dine and “Supporting successful transitions into self-management of food allergy” with Dr. Rebecca Knibb.

Tools and resources

Check out our host of resources including, educational videos, free AllergyAware.ca courses, back-to-school checklists including one for planning for post-secondary, tip sheets, and #FoodAllergyHacks. Plus, read our reminders for a safe fall season with food allergy.

September 28th at 12pm EDT: Understand the severity of your food allergy with Dr. Philippe Bégin 

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Dr. Philippe Bégin

Learn about what makes your food allergy severe in this session with Dr. Philippe Bégin. Register now.

With OIT becoming increasingly available, more is understood about the severity of allergic reactions. Insights have been gained through OIT, as it involves giving small amounts of an allergen in increasing doses until a person is able to eat a certain amount without triggering a reaction, so long as they are on this treatment.

Dr. Bégin is both a researcher and clinician, and he’s recognized as a leader in multi-allergen OIT. Dr. Bégin’s academic and clinical background makes him an expert on this topic.

This webinar will introduce you to the concept of thresholds (the lowest amount of a food allergen that can trigger a reaction), how co-factors and other mechanisms/therapies can lower the threshold at which one reacts, and an exploration on how they all relate to understanding the potential severity of food allergy. Discover why allergic reactions are only mildly uncomfortable for some, while with others they can be life-threatening.

Don’t miss your chance to hear from Dr. Bégin on this timely topic! Register now, and share with others, so they can also benefit from the session.

Registration closing soon: Allergy/Pals Allies online mentorship program

Spaces are filling up quickly for this 8-week online fall session! This free program is open to youth ages 7-15 with food allergy and will be taking place from September 25 to November 13, 2021.

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

Watch the video below to hear an overview of the program, how it works, and its many benefits. Plus, read below to see how the program has made an impact in Makayla’s life. Be sure to register your 7-15-year-old today, so they don’t miss out!

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