FAAN's Annual Food Allergy Conference Comes to Tarrytown, N.Y.
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FAIRFAX, Va., Apr 30,
2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- For the millions of Americans with food allergies,
the importance of being educated about food allergy and prepared to treat a
reaction is not to be underestimated. On May 9, the Food Allergy &
Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) will host the third of its 16th annual Food
Allergy Conferences in Tarrytown, N.Y. The conference will help both those
who have food allergies and those who care for people with food allergies.
The theme for this
year's conferences is "Take Action, Prevent Reactions."
Attendance can help anyone reach this goal, and the knowledge gained can
literally mean the difference between life and death.
As the prevalence of
food allergy increases, particularly among children, the need for accurate
and current information about food allergy is crucial. One study released
last fall by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed an 18
percent increase in the number of children with food allergies between 1997
and 2007. An estimated 3 million children in the U.S. have food allergies.
conferences are designed to give people the tools they need to safely
manage food allergies - to show them how to 'Take Action, Prevent
Reactions,'" said Julia Bradsher, CEO of FAAN. "But they also
link people with others who share the same challenges, letting people know
they are not alone."
offer insight on the most recent research findings about food allergy as
well as discussion and networking opportunities with families, caregivers,
teachers, child care providers, and school staff. Special sessions are also
held for teens, nurses, and registered dietitians.
Topics at the all-day
conference also include strategies for avoiding reactions, how to eat well
with food allergies, emergency preparedness, tips for dining out with food
allergies, and lessons learned from reactions in schools.
In Tarrytown, Dr. Hugh
Sampson, a nationally respected leader in the field of allergy research,
will be a featured speaker. Sampson is a professor of pediatrics and
immunobiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and chief of the
Division of Allergy & Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics,
Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, and Dean of Translational Biomedical
Science at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Conference is one of the best resources for the latest information on food
allergy," Sampson said. "Everyone, from the newly diagnosed to
the seasoned veteran, will walk away with a better understanding of dealing
with food allergies."
conference will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will be held at the
Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road.
For more information
or to register, visit www.foodallergy.org
or call (800) 929-4040.
Founded in 1991, the
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in
information about food allergy, a potentially fatal condition that afflicts
approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25. A nonprofit
organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has 30,000 members in the U.S.,
Canada, and 62 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public
awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about
the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by
it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy
to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical
companies, the food industry, and government officials. For more
information, please visit FAAN at www.foodallergy.org, www.faankids.org, and www.faanteen.org.
SOURCE: Food Allergy
& Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
Marketing and Media Communications Manager