A New Blog for Young Adults with Allergies

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Anaphylaxis Canada is happy to announce their newest blog for allergic adults located at http://www.adultswithallergies.com.

The blog covers situations that allergic adults can appreciate such as food allergies and relationships, allergies in the workplace, alcohol ingredient labelling, international travel, and lifestyle articles such as food allergies and pop culture.

The Adults with Allergies blog is funded by a grant from TD Securities. Anaphylaxis Canada is appreciative of their support of our youth program and the opportunity to create resources for teens and young adults.

The blog, hosted on WordPress, allows users to follow/subscribe to the blog. If you are an allergic adult and interested in joining the writing team, please get in touch with Anaphylaxis Canada at http://www.adultswithallergies.com/contact.

Read more about the new blog at http://www.anaphylaxis.ca/en/media/hot_topics.html?news_id=72

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Anaphylaxis Canada Launches High School Allergy Awareness Challenge

Allergy Awareness Challenge

 Teenagers are the most at risk group for anaphylaxis for several reasons including social changes, peer pressure and an increased incidence of risk-taking. Another large factor that contributes to this is the transition from elementary school to a much larger high school environment, which brings with it many new friends, and classmates who aren’t aware of an individual’s allergies.

Anaphylaxis Canada aims to target this group with potentially life saving information in a fun and engaging way. We are introducing the Allergy Awareness Challenge, a program that high schools can adopt to raise awareness about food allergies to all students. The program involves three days of games and activities outside of class time including a Food Allergy Spelling Bee, Food Allergy Jeopardy, and an Adopt an Allergy for a day challenge.

With this program, Anaphylaxis Canada hopes to not only further educate teens living with allergies, but also their friends and classmates. Kyle Dine, project coordinator, thinks this program will really make a difference for allergic teens. “Research has shown that teens are more likely to be compliant in carrying their own epinephrine auto-injector or asking about ingredients at a restaurant when their friends support and understand their allergies. The goal of this program is to build peer support that will aid allergic students in managing their own condition.” says Dine.

As food allergies are an increasingly important issue in high schools, Anaphylaxis Canada wanted to provide a resource that supports schools in their efforts to raise awareness amongst its student body. The program can also be used for camps, support groups, and other community organizations with an interest in educating teens about anaphylaxis.

Schools and students can learn more about the program and sign up at www.allergychallenge.ca.

Anaphylaxis Canada is thankful to TD Securities and the Sean Delaney Memorial Golf Classic for funding this initiative.

Extracurricular Activities with Allergies!

Hi everyone! My name is Lindsay, and I am a third year student at the University of Guelph. I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and soy protein, and I am also lactose intolerant.

Whether you are in high school or pursuing post secondary education, it is so important to become involved in extracurricular activities. This is a great way to make friends, find something that you are passionate about, and have fun!

When it comes to participating in clubs and sport activities, make sure that you always carry your epinephrine auto-injector with you. You might not think that you are at risk of a reaction while at soccer practice, but you never know what could happen! It is so simple to slip your auto-injector into your backpack or sports bag. I have multiple auto-injectors, so I keep one in my backpack, one in my purse, and one in my gym bag. That way, no matter where I’m going, I don’t have to worry about forgetting to pack it.

Also, remember to tell your teammates or other club members about your allergies. It is very important that those whom you are spending a time with know what you are allergic to and what to do in case of a reaction. Especially if snacks are involved at the meetings or practices, everyone needs to be aware of your allergies.

At university, I have found that there are tons of different opportunities to get involved, both on and off campus. I have made sure not to let my allergies get in the way of my ability to participate in all that I want to. I am a member of many clubs on campus, including the Pre-Med Club, Bio-Medical Science Students Association, and the Competitive Hip Hop Team.

For those of you who feel limited in what you can do because of your allergies. I have a suggestion for you to try! Last year, a friend and I decided to start our own allergy awareness club on campus. Both of us suffer from severe allergies and wanted to create a club for other students who do as well. This year, we officially created our group, called “The Food Fighters,” and we have a growing membership. Some of our initiatives include educating students and staff in residence about epinephrine auto-injector use, working to make the cafeterias more allergy friendly, and providing support to first year students at risk of anaphylaxis.

So, if you feel like you can’t be a member of a team or a club at school due to your allergies, make a club about allergies! It is something that many schools would be happy to support, since they want to be inclusive and cater to students’ needs.

I hope that you all have a fantastic school year and get involved in as much as possible! Don’t let your allergies limit you in anything that you do. There is almost always a way to participate while safely managing your allergies.

Nominate your School Hero!

Do you know a teacher or principal who is a true hero to food-allergic students, a person who goes “above and beyond” to make sure they are safe at school? Then please nominate that special person for Allergic Living magazine’s upcoming “School Heroes” feature article.


Allergic Living wants to hear: 

Who is this special person?

What is it that she or he does that is unique in making food-allergic students safer and more included at school?

Submit your nomination by e-mail today!

E-mail: editor@allergicliving.com

Please write in the subject field: Safe school nomination.

Please mention your city and province or state in the text.


For more information, please visit Allergic Living online.

In support of FAAM, share your epi knowledge!

Hi! My name is Nicole, and I’m allergic to fish, crustaceans, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, peas and beans.

In honour of Food Allergy Awareness Month, I started to think about what people should be more “aware of” when it comes to allergies… Hmm. I realized that people ask me about my epinephrine auto-injector  a lot!

Below are some of the common questions I am asked and my answers.

Removing teh cap from an EpiPen training device

Order EpiPen training materials from http://www.EpiPen.ca

Have you ever had to use an auto-injector?
I have personally never been injected, but I have had to use an auto-injector on someone else. Have you ever used one?

Does it hurt?
I don’t know, because I have never used it, but I think that when the time comes I would welcome using it as opposed to suffering with symptoms.

Removing the cap from a Twinject training device

Order Twinject training materials from http://www.Twinject.ca

(According to our Teen Panelists at the Winnipeg Conference, it doesn’t hurt!)

How do you use it?
This differs on whether you carry an EpiPen© or Twinject© auto-injector. You can visit either one of their websites for detailed instructions. You can also download instructions with an Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan  from Anaphylaxis Canada’s “Resources” section.

Removing needle from Twinject training device

Order Twinject training materials from http://www.Twinject.ca

Where do you keep it?
It depends where I am and what I am doing. Usually it is in my purse, but sometimes it is in my backpack or pocket. Where do you keep yours?

Do you always take it everywhere you go?
Yes, I take it absolutely everywhere I go! If I ever forget it, I start to feel really anxious, because I know that my safety net isn’t there. If that happens, I return home to get it!


FINALLY…

There are two things that I really want to emphasize about epinephrine auto-injectors:

1)  TRAIN!

Train yourself and others on how to properly use the auto-injector that you carry.  Friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, family members, teachers, coaches, tutors and other people you spend time with should know how to keep you safe in the event of an emergency. You can order free training materials from www.EpiPen.ca or www.Twinject.ca.

2)      DON’T HESITATE!

If you or someone you are with show signs of an allergic reaction, don’t hesitate – use the epinephrine auto-injector! It is better to be safe than sorry, and for most people, there are few health risks associated with using it. On the other hand, if you don’t use it right away, you are at greater risk for potentially life-threatening symptoms.

So for this month, I challenge you to think about something that you want others to know about your allergies and try your best to educate them!

Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine!

Nicole

Food Allergy Awareness Month, tip of the day – If you’re experiencing a severe allergic reaction, you may not be able to give yourself an epinephrine auto-injector. To prepare for that situation, show others how to to use your auto-injector – and let them practice with a training device! For more information about Food Allergy Awareness Month, visit www.whyriskit.ca.

FAAM!

Food Allergy Awareness Month banner

Food Allergy Awareness Month (FAAM) begins today in Canada! This is an important time for allergic youth to work with friends, family members, and wider communities to raise awareness and educate others about food allergies.

To help inspire you, we’ll be posting resources, tips, and action items throughout the month of May. For starters:

1) LEARN How You Can Help on http://www.whyriskit.ca

2) LEAVE a comment to let us know how you will be raising awareness and educating others this month

Happy Food Allergy Awareness Month, everyone!

Welcome to the WhyRiskIt? Teen Allergy Blog!

Greetings!

I’d like to officially welcome you to the newest resource from www.whyriskit.ca.  The Teen Allergy Blog.

Anaphylaxis Canada's Youth Advisory PanelAll of our resources are created by a team of allergic youth called the “Youth Advisory Panel” or YAP. This group works with Anaphylaxis Canada to provide awesome tools to help educate other teens and young adults at risk for anaphylaxis. Some of these “cool tools” include:

Every week our YAP contributors will be providing our readers with their stories, experiences, and knowledge onhow to balance allergies with a normal teenage life.

We look forward to hearing your comments, feedback and story ideas. If you are interested in becoming a contributor to this blog, please consider joining YAP by downloading our application form.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the blog!

Kyle
Anaphylaxis Canada