Get ready for #BackToSchool with our upcoming events and webinars. Learn how behavioural science can make life easier with food allergy, learn about navigating milk allergy, and discover the importance of using epinephrine to treat anaphylaxis. Register your 7-15-year-old for the fall session of Allergy Pals and Allies. Read about upcoming support group meetings and find information on small group webinars. Plus, watch our encore series on back-to-school.
Upcoming #BackToSchool webinars
This August and September we’re featuring several webinars to help you and your family be confident and prepared for the fall and back-to-school season. Register for the sessions below.
Making allergy management a habit: Tools to help manage more confidently
August 15 @ 12-1pm EDT
Make life easier, get the tools you need to build new habits for managing food allergy. This session provides tools for both adults and children managing food allergy. Learn about the science of habits and how to develop ones that can support your family’s food allergy management goals. This is a perfect session for families and youth to help them get ready for the new school year.
What the webinar is about:
Learn how behavioural science can help you form good food allergy management habits and build them into your daily life. You’ll learn:
- How our thinking supports habits
- Top habits for food allergy management
- How to develop habits for you and your family
- Ways to support your child in their food allergy management
- Checklists to monitor progress and keep you on track
You can submit your questions about food allergy management upon registration.
Who is presenting: Sarah Nicholl, a learning strategist with over 20 years of experience in designing effective learning programs.
Milk allergy: How to manage it and what to consider from a dietary perspective
September 19 @ 12-1pm
Join us to learn about navigating milk allergy and how to address nutritional and other challenges posed by this priority food allergen.
What the webinar is about:
The difference between milk allergy and lactose intolerance, the prevalence of milk allergy, and the possibility for outgrowing it. With this session, you’ll also gain a better understanding of managing milk allergy, preventing allergic reactions through the avoidance of milk and milk proteins, and the impact on the diet. You can submit your questions upon registration, this helps us know what you’re most interested in learning.
Who is presenting:
Dr. Carina Venter, an allergy specialist dietitian and associate professor in pediatric allergy and immunology at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado.
Marion Groetch, a dietitian/nutritionist and the Director of Nutrition Services at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute and Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
Treating anaphylaxis and what you need to know about Benadryl®
September 28 @ 12-1pm
Join us for an informative webinar about epinephrine as the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, the most serious type of allergic reaction and what antihistamines have a role to play.
What the webinar is about:
The importance of using epinephrine to treat anaphylaxis, when antihistamines might be given, and what the safety concerns are with first-generation antihistamines, like Benadryl®. This will be followed by a Q&A, where you can ask your questions. Plus, you can submit your questions in advance upon registration.
Who is presenting:
Dr. Anne Ellis, a Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Queen’s University, and the James H. Day Chair in Allergic Diseases and Allergy Research.
Registration is now open: Allergy Pals and Allies fall session
Register your 7-15-year-old and have them connect with other youth with food allergy! Our fall session of Allergy Pals and Allies starts September 24. This free 8-week online mentorship program provides youth with unique and transformative sessions that are fun and engaging.
Register today and save your child’s spot!
Small group webinar on managing food allergy and anaphylaxis: Next session is next week!
Get your questions on managing food allergy and anaphylaxis answered while connecting with others! Attend a free 90-minute interactive webinar led by a trained parent mentor. You’ll learn fundamental information about daily management and living confidently with food allergy and anaphylaxis.
These sessions are geared towards parents of children who have been recently diagnosed with a food allergy. It’s also a great session for others who are interested in this topic or would like a refresher. 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
Sessions are limited to 6 attendees, so register now to save your spot. Our next session is August 9th!
Connect with a support group
Support groups provide a positive 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 and exchange tips for navigating food allergy during the school year.
Find a support group near you and connect now! If there isn’t one in your community, we’ll help you get one started.
Support group meet up: Metro Vancouver Anaphylaxis Group
The Metro Vancouver Anaphylaxis Group is hosting an event at Trout Lake in East Vancouver on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:30-11:30am. It will be an opportunity to meet each other and connect in person. Families and parents of kids with food allergy, as well as adults with food allergy, are welcome.
Please email email@example.com by September 16th if you would like to attend.
Support group meet up: The Niagara Food Allergy Parents Support Group
The Niagara Food Allergy Parents Support Group is having a meeting on Monday, August 14th. Location TBA.
Please email support group leader Pam: firstname.lastname@example.org or join our support group for more information.
Encore series: Be prepared and be confident for back-to-school
In this series, we feature past webinars. This month, watch our sessions focused on back-to-school through ages and stages.
Watch our webinar “Parents’ questions answered live”. During this session, the youth panel answered your questions on eating in schools, how to get teachers and peers to be supportive, how anaphylaxis has been handled at school, along with managing social situations, bullying, and more.
Learn how to speak up about your food allergy, how to deal with unwanted teasing or bullying, how to stay safe at lunch/snack time, spreading allergy awareness at school, and the importance of carrying your auto-injector with you at all times.
High school student
Learn what to expect, tips and strategies for managing in a high school environment, and how to prepare for the transition. Hear from a panel of youth with food allergy on first-hand experiences, learn how to educate others and build a support system, and discover relevant resources to prepare.
Learn tips and best practices on how to navigate post-secondary school, and live safely on campus with food allergy. Hear from a panel that shares their experiences, insight, and strategies on how youth can identify food allergy risks on campus and how to prepare accordingly.