This year’s FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Dunwoody will take place at Brook Run Park on Sunday, October 1, at 9 a.m. FAAN Walk for Food Allergy is a two-mile walk created to increase awareness about food allergies, and raise money for research, education and advocacy. Atlanta is one of 46 cities the event will be held across the country.
This Examiner and many others in the metro Atlanta area have benefited from the research and education FAAN has brought to the medical community. Although a food intolerance like Celiac Disease is metabolic and not an immune response, we share a common bond to support those who have food allergies/intolerances.
Following the walk, participants can enjoy live music while visiting with local allergists, vendors and support groups to answer questions about food allergy. Other FAAN Walk festivities include a kid’s workshop sponsored by the Sandy Springs and Tilly Mill Home Depot stores as well as face painting, tattoos, balloons and an inflatable obstacle course.
Registration for FAAN’s Walk for Food Allergy is now open at www.foodallergywalk.org. Individuals, families, and community groups are encouraged to register and attend this family-friendly event to support research, education and advocacy for potentially life-threatening food allergies.
An estimated 12 million Americans, including three million children, have a food allergy – that’s one in 25. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition, and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) food allergies result in over 300,000 ambulatory-care visits and 150 to 200 deaths annually.
ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES
Food allergy is an abnormal immune response to certain food(s) that the body reacts to as harmful. A food allergic person can react to these foods with anything from tingling sensation around the mouth and lips and hives to death, depending on the severity of the allergy. Eight types foods account for 90% of all food-allergy reactions: cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews), fish, shellfish, soybeans, and wheat. While 3.3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, 6.9 million are allergic to seafood.
Founded in 1991, FAAN (the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) is the world leader in information, programs, and resources about food allergy, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflicts approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has approximately 30,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 62 other countries. It is dedicated to raising public awareness, providing advocacy and education, and advancing research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. 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.