Food Allergy and Asthma Educational Resources
This page contains links to videos, training materials, 504 Plan information,
Action Plans (food allergy and Asthma) and downloads! Many are free too!
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.
Food Allergy Education Resources
How to Use an Epi Pen® PDF – created by the Makers of Epi Pens®.
Back-to-School Tool Kit – if you only make one click today–this is the link. This on-line downloadable tool kit was created by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and includes valuable items such as Food Allergy Action Plans, Awareness Poster, How a Child Might Describe a Reaction, Food Allergy 101 Presentation, Be a P.A.L. Brochure and poster, etc.
How to C.A.R.E.™ for Students with Food Allergies: what Educators Should Know is a FREE on-line course created by the Food Allergy Initiative–the first of it’s kind!
Food Allergy 101 Presentation – created by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and is a slide show to share with your staff!
Managing Food Allergies in School – what staff needs to know is an on-line video that is about 40 minutes and incredibly concise and detailed educational piece. The video was created by and narrated by Michael Pistiner, MD, of Harvard Vangard Medical Associates. He also teaches at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School.
School Nurse Resources – is a link offered by Schools@AllergyHome.org–which happens to be the same website that offered Managing Food Allergies in School what staff needs to know. This link includes downloads, school nurse resources and a school nurse forum too!
Pulse Uniforms – offers several anaphylaxis and Celiac related links on their allergy resource page..in addition to selling uniforms!
National Association of School Nurses – Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis NASN tool kit-The Centers for Disease Control has worked with NASN, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and the National School Boards Association to develop comprehensive guidance and resources for food allergy and anaphylaxis management in the school setting.
School Nutrition Association – has an interesting link that offers pods casts (and transcripts) on the following topics that are directed at school food service professionals:
• Legal and Regulatory Requirements for Managing Food Allergies in Schools
• Guidance for Managing Food Allergies in Schools
• Team work is key to Successful Management in Schools
• Food Safety Considerations and Food Allergy Management Best Practices for School and Food Service
In addition…the School Nutrition and USDA offer a three part Managing Food Allergies in Schools Webinar.
NOTE: see below for 504 Plans
Food Allergy Action Plans
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan– available in English and Spanish from Food Allergy Research and Education
AAAAI Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan–from the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology
Food Allergy Guidelines and Position Statements
National Association of School Nurses Position Statement – Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis-The role of the school nurse.
Safe at School Ready to Learn Food Allergy Policy – developed by the National School Boards Association-This is my current FAVORITE of all the guidelines right now!!!
School Guidelines–yet another document created by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network–worth the read to help teachers understand a school’s role in managing food allergies.
Management of Students with Food Anaphylaxis policy. My State’s first food allergy guidelines!!!
Food Allergy Guidelines for Patients-the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (a department of the National Institute of Health) has created a formal federal guidelines standard of treatment and management for food allergies. This is the Patient’s guide to these standards. It is a tad long, but well worth the read. This guideline will help keep all of us on the same page of information.
AIRepairSchool PDF – a colorful guide to reducing irritants and allergens at your school-created by the Allergy and Asthma Network of Mothers, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ashtma and Physical Activity in School – a very comprehensive e-booklet regarding the management of school in general, plus additional information about physical activity produced by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Asthma Friendly Schools Tool Kit – this is a complete working instruction manual…for free…from the American Lung Association.
Open Airways For Schools -this is American Lung Association program offered, for free, that directly teaches kids with asthma how to manage their disease. Asthma educators will come to your school and over a six session course, and teach the students everything from understanding triggers, the difference between maintenance and rescue medications and how to ask for help.
Classroom environment and teaching tools
Cleaning Methods – FAAN PDF: This document summarizes a study of the efficacy of soap and water hand washing to remove allergens versus hand wipes. I share with all teachers. Unfortunately, it is a misconception that hand sanitizer can remove allergens.
What is a food Allergy Slide/video presentation: this video is directed at preschool to elementary aged children that explains exactly what a food allergy is! It was created by Michael Pistiner, MD of Harvard Medical Associates. The video discusses cross contact and the dangers of food sharing very well.
FAAN Kids – this site is hosted by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and offers wonderful activities and even science projects geared toward the elementary aged child
Why Risk It e-magazine for teens: Yet another brilliant idea from those Canadians. This website is directed right to teenagers. Browse this site for ideas and conversation starters for teenagers.
FAAN Teens – this is another website specifically designed for teenagers from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
Binky GoesNuts (PDF) – preschool and young elementary aged teaching unit created by PBS from the hit show Arthur. I really enjoy this unit since it is available in Spanish, offers classroom activities, has letters home to parents, coloring pages, finger puppet templates etc.
Be A P.A.L program…which stands for Protect A Life! This is a fabulous 5 step programs geared towards the elementary aged student. I always refer back to this program–it’s a favorite.
Andy and Ally’s Asthma Activity book (PDF)–created by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, this coloring/activity book is designed for children and their families to learn how to manage asthma and allergies.
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network – offers a solid explanation of 504 Plans.
Students with Food Allergies: the Law, now this isn’t a download, but a booklet you can buy from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network…but it is well worth it! The booklet helps with ideas of what types of items are often included in a 504 plan.
Dr. Robert Woods: this is a link to his Food Allergies for Dummies Website, where he references 504 plans
The Food Allergy – Initiative also explains 504 plans
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) – from the US Department of Education
Resource links from Food Allergy 504 Experts, Gina Mennett Lee, M.Ed and Laurel Francouer, Esq.
Medical ID and Awareness Jewelry
Medic Alert– If 911 is called, emergency responders can have immediate access to your child’s medical information and history by calling the phone number on this bracelet (or necklace). I prefer Medic alert since one phone call reveals this data. I know many folks who are very pleased with simple food allergen ID bracelets too
Lauren’s Hope offers a very comprehensive line of medical ID bracelets ranging from flat out elegant to hip and young! Just beautiful!
Allermates sells darling awareness tags and bracelets that are quite popular with the young ones including restaurant cards
Allerbling is another style of bring food allergy awareness bracelets focused on younger children.
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