Food Allergy Research & Education Launches Online K-12 Course to Train Schools About Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis
Newly revised educational course now available for free for schools nationwide
McLEAN, Va. (April 24, 2018) – With increasing prevalence of food allergy among children, the need for evidence-based and simple, yet comprehensive, training for schools on caring for students with food allergies is critical. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is addressing this need with the release of a new online course to help school personnel learn how to create a safer and more inclusive environment for students with food allergies.
Aligned with the recommended best practices found in the “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs” previously released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FARE’s newly updated “Keeping Students Safe and Included” provides a much-needed training program that is easily accessible online for free and will improve understanding of the severity of food allergy among school staff who take the course.
With the new training course, FARE has created a resource that gives school personnel and parent volunteers choices about how this presentation can be delivered. Schools can opt to watch a narrated training video, or volunteers/school staff can deliver the presentation using slides, a presenter guide and presentation tips. The course concludes with a 10- question Knowledge Check, and participants may print out a certificate of completion if they pass the quiz.
To access the course, please visit foodallergy.org/k12.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org and find us on Twitter @FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.