This is my special section where I let my passion loose for clean healthy air, lung health and food allergy issues!  I advocate whole heartedly  and will keep you updated and what is going on and most importantly, share how YOU can participate.
Note: As always, consult with your physician before you make changes to the management of any health condition.  Gratefulfoodie does not endorse any of the businesses or organizations listed and has not received payment to list these resources.  My goal is to help you find tools that might make life easier.

Every single one of us is needed! We can make a difference by sending a short email, to testifying at a hearing or simply attending a meeting. Kids can help too by sending a letter or making a drawing.

Note: this page is still be updated for current change taking place-stay tuned…


Allergy and Anaphylaxis Related items in the State of Nevada: Winter 2014

Washoe County School District has produced a document detailing the administration of Stock Epinephrine in their school District.  This document, Epinephrine Administration on Washoe County School Campuses is very thorough and details how SB453 is being carried out.
Stock Epinephrine Mandated in Nevada Schools! This bill was signed into law in June of 2103. Below are updates to our process. I have left these up for your review in the event you too are in the process of changing law.

Success!  SB453 Epinephrine in Nevada Schools was signed into law on Monday, June 3, 2013

gratefulfoodie-advocacy-page-EPISaveslives Advocates with Nevada Governor Sandoval


SB453 as enrolled
Advocating for Epinephrine in Nevada: Emails
Advocating for Epinephrine in Nevada: Wahoo!
Advocating for Epinephrine in Nevada: Workgroup
Advocating for Epinephrine in Nevada: Define
Legislators Who Take Food Allergies Seriously
Advocating for Epinephrine in Nevada: Champions
Exciting News:  We have a Bill Number in Nevada

Monday, June 3, 2013

Governor Sandoval will sign SB453 Epinephrine in Nevada Schools into Law!!!! Success!  SB453 was passed through unanimously through both the Senate and Assembly!

Friday, May 24, 2013

SB453 Epinephrine in NV schools has been rolled six times in the General Assembly Floor Session…today might be the day our bill will be voted upon.
Wednesday, May 15,2013
Do pass in the Nevada Assembly Health and Human Services Committee!!!  Please send your thank you emails to each committee member!  By Friday, we will start emailing our own personal Assemblyman or woman asking for them to vote for SB453 on the General Assembly floor which should take place early next week!

Wednesday, May 9, 2013

Success! Today’s Assembly Health and Human Services committee hearing went very well.  I felt our testimony line up was strong and Dr. Maria Reyes, truly saved the day with her intellect, knowledge of the bill, and ability to explain some of the medical aspects of epinephrine.  This committee will hopefully pass this bill on to the General Assembly floor to be voted upon.  There was no opposition, good questions raised and it seemed as if most of the committee was in support of  the bill.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

We have our Assembly Health and Human Services Committee Meeting this Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 1:30pm!  Please attend if possible-we need to pack the room to show our support! Wear light blue if possible!  We want to look bright and cheery!
Also, it is very important to email our Assembly Health and Human Services Committee members and ask them to support SB453 Epinephrine in Nevada Schools!

Please use this email list to contact members before May 8th, 2013:

Marilyn Dondero Loop, Chair

Ellen Spiegel, Vice Chair

Teresa Benitez-Thompson

Joseph M. Hogan

Andrew Martin

Peggy Pierce

Andy Eisen

Michael Sprinkle

Tyrone Thompson

Wesley Duncan

Michele Fiore

John Hambrick

Pat Hickey

James Oscarson

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013…

I set up a facebook page to keep everyone updated on this bill, check it out and share with friends:
Epinephrine in Nevada Schools SB453 facebook page

Monday, April 22nd, 2013…

SB453 Epinephrine in Nevada Schools passed in the Nevada State Senate with 21 Yay votes and Zero Nays!  Terrific news!
Thank you to Senator Ben KieckheferSenator Justin Jones, and Senator Pat Spearman for standing up to support and speak about the need for epinephrine in schools.  Of course, thank you to Senator Smith for being our hero.

Please stay tuned for our next action needed as this bill travels to the Nevada State Assembly.  We celebrate this victory!

Thursday, April 11th, 2013…

SB453 Epinephrine in Nevada Schools passes through the Nevada Senate Health and Human Services Committee!
Yahoo!  Plotting on planning our next steps as the bill moves onto the Finance committee.
Your three minutes will make a difference:  Submit your support for SB453 via the SHARE YOUR OPINIONS Legislative poll.  Please submit your FOR SB453.  There is a comment field that you can enter your comments as well.

Monday, April 1st, 2013…

Call to action:  Email folks on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and urge them to support SB453.   Below are the details on how you can help.

How you can make a difference within a few minutes
(and before this Thursday, April 4th, when we have our first hearing):

Please email the five Senators (emails provided below),  who comprise the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and let them know that Nevada’s children need to access to life saving epinephrine in the event of an allergic reaction. Reactions can become life threatening within mere minutes and when a child can’t breathe the wait for an ambulance can be too long, especially in our more rural areas in the state.  In Reno, the average REMSA response time is 8 minutes and 36 second.  Imagine your child not breathing for 8 minutes, what could be the outcome for success?  I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around this thought.

If possible, tell our Senators why this bill will make a difference or what it means to you.  My daughter said that she is worried for her classmate who does  NOT carry epinephrine.  She scared of what could take place if her has a reaction. I worry for my children that if their Epi Pens are not given correctly or they require a second dose, I need the peace of mind that they have back up on site.
Just a few sentences are needed.  Legislators have very, very little time these days for reading!

For your reference, here is the link to the full  bill SB453, so you can read it:

Senator Justin

Senator Debbie Smith

Senator Tick Segerblom

Senator Joe Hardy

Senator Ben Kieckhefer

Please forward this to two or three others and ask them to let our Senate Health and Human Services Committee know that Nevadans want and need SB453.

Thank you for saving the life a child!gratefulfoodie-bowl