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Latest news from Food Allergy Canada – October 2020

October 9, 2020

#ShineATealLight on food allergy this Halloween and read tips for celebrating safely during the pandemic. Sign up for new webinars with experts: learn more about EoE in October and plant-based food trends and the impact to those with food allergy in November. Plus, check out our reminders for having a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

Celebrating Halloween: #ShineATealLight on food allergy and tips for celebrating safely

Although this Halloween will be different due to the pandemic, you can still #ShineATealLight to drive food allergy awareness and make Halloween inclusive for kids with food allergy. Discover how you can have a safe and fun Halloween below!

Teal light on porch#ShineATealLight on food allergy

Pledge your support for food allergy awareness and education by joining the #ShineATealLight movement. Discover the different ways you can light up in teal for food allergy on Halloween, from taking a photo of a teal-lit monument to shining a teal light virtually to sharing our #FoodAllergyHacks on social media!

Girl dressed up as a witch on HalloweenCelebrating with your social bubbles

Host a spooktacular allergy-friendly party in your social bubble.

Find tips on having fun and staying safe whether you’re hosting or a guest, and download our NEW tip sheet for party hosts!

Trick-or-treating tips to keep kids safe

If you’re planning on trick-or-treating, check out our reminders for staying safe and learn what you can do with the candies afterwards.

Lighted Halloween Pumpkin Jack o Lantern Wearing Covid PPE Mask On StepsCOVID-19, food allergy and Halloween

Stay safe while celebrating. Find answers to your questions on celebrating Halloween with food allergy during the pandemic.

Visit foodallergycanada.ca/Halloween for more tips, tools, and other free resources!

Register today: Webinars on EoE and plant-based trends

October 21st: Understanding EoE

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and how can you manage this condition if you or your child is impacted?

Dr. Vishal Avinashi and Kirstin Wingate
Dr. Vishal Avinashi & Kirstin Wingate

Join us for an informative and educational webinar on EoE, a type of food allergy that affects the gastrointestinal/digestive tract. You’ll gain a better understanding of this non IgE-mediated food allergy and helpful strategies for managing it from our guest speakers including a pediatric gastroenterologist and a registered dietitian.

  • What the webinar is about: The basics of EoE, including signs/symptoms and treatment, and how to manage daily living, followed by Q&A, where you can ask questions. Plus, you can submit your questions in advance upon registration.
  • Who is presenting:
    • Dr. Vishal Avinashi is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at BC Children’s Hospital, involved with the Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service, and is a Co-Director of the Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia.
    • Kirstin Wingate is a dietitian at BC Children’s Hospital with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She has previously worked as a research dietitian with the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy & Immunology at the University of British Columbia.
  • When is the webinar: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 1 pm – 2 pm EDT

November 18th: Plant-based food trends and the impact to those with food allergy

Plant-based foods options are on the rise as many are looking to maintain healthier diets, but did you know that the ingredients in these foods may impact those with food allergy?

Dr. Jennifer Protudjer
Dr. Jennifer Protudjer

Join us for an upcoming webinar on plant-based food trends, like meatless burgers and non-dairy milk, the use of pea protein as a substitute, and more. Find out how these trends may impact you and how to navigate them safely. Hear from a leading research scientist currently researching this very topic!

  • What the webinar is about: The implications of new plant-based food trends for those with food allergy and how to address them, followed by Q&A, where you can ask questions. You can also ask your questions in advance during registration.
  • Who is presenting: Dr. Jennifer Protudjer is the Endowed Research Chair in Allergy, Asthma and the Environment, and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba, an epidemiologist with the Clinical Trials Platform at the George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation, and a research scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.
  • When is the webinar: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 12 pm – 1 pm EST

Reminders for celebrating safely at home 

Thanksgiving weekend in Canada is here! While you celebrate this weekend, remember to give thanks to those who support you as you manage food allergy. Take a moment to read our reminders below to help you and your loved ones have a safe and fun celebration.

Wishing you and your families a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!

Holidays with family

Although Thanksgiving will be different this year as we take extra safety precautions, many of our tips for staying safe during any holiday still apply.

Plan ahead and have a strategy for the day, learn how with these tips.

Remember to check public health guidance in your area on participating in Thanksgiving celebrations with family.

Label reading reminders: the “triple check”

Remember to do the “triple check” for products purchased in-store and online. Ingredients may change without warning, and ingredients may vary from what is listed on the product versus on a website. Check for allergens in non-food products too, like hand sanitizers and cleaning products.

Mom and daughter kitchenKitchen reminders

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, review our helpful tips to avoid the risk of cross-contamination in the kitchen.

Plus, check out more kitchen tips and discover our allergy-friendly recipes that will be safe for all.

Auto-injector reminders

Be sure to carry your epinephrine auto-injectors with you in case of an emergency.

Also, double check your/your child’s auto-injectors are in-date.

Read more auto-injector tips below.

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