Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN)

Summer Blast Teen Activity!

Calling all TEENS ages 10-19 to join us June 23, 2018 at Orchard Park in Saratoga Springs!

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Food-Free Easter Egg Hunt

2018 Food-Free Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Check-in & Activities start @ 9:30 am
Egg Hunt begins at 10am
Southwood Park (6150 S. 725 East, Murray)

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 15.
Click here to register
Pre-registration in required.

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Winter Events: Teen Tubing & Nutrition Therapy Seminar!

Teen Winter Activity

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

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Nutrition Therapy Seminar

Friday, February 2, 2018

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UFAN Star Wars Premiere Event to Benefit Eosinophilic Research

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Food Allergy Awareness Week! May 14-20, 2017

Check out these daily activities for you to EDUCATE and ADVOCATE during Food Allergy Awareness Week. Share your experiences on social media. Raise awareness and help spread the word about severity and incidence of food allergies today!

Monday, May 15
Outreach – Share your story via social media. Help others know how living with food allergies impacts your life!

Tuesday, May 16
Educate – Host a training for friends, neighbors, co-workers, school and church groups. Let them practice with your epi trainer.

Wednesday, May 17
Show off – Show your colors! Wear teal today to support Food Allergy Awareness. Share photos using #TealTakeover.

Thursday, May 18
Support – Donate $20 to UFAN (click on the “Donate” tab) or get involved by signing up to be a volunteer.

Friday, May 19
Gratitude – Thank an allergy-friendly restaurant by eating out and posting about it on their website or on social media.

Our annual Food Allergy Conference is right around the corner! Register today

Don’t miss our annual Food Allergy Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Doty Education Center at IMC in Murray (5121 S. Cottonwood Street.) Arrive early to meet and mingle with friends from the allergy community.

Check out the agenda to see all the amazing classes we’ve got lined up starting at 9:00 a.m.:

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Check this out! Teens and pre-teens ages 10-17 are invited, too.
Click here to see the super fun activities we have planned specifically for you!

New this year! Bring allergy-friendly food donations for the Utah Food Bank.

There’s something at the conference for everyone, and you too! Reserve your seat today and we’ll see you at the conference!

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 Featured Guest Speakers

Presenter Bios

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Bet now you can’t wait to attend the conference and hear all these fabulous presenters, right? Quick, register here to reserve your seat.

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This project was made possible through a community grant from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

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New NIH guidelines urge early introduction of ‘infant-safe’ peanut to prevent allergy

January 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New NIH guidelines urge early introduction of ‘infant-safe’ peanut to prevent allergy         

The Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) in cooperation with Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) Clinical Network site at Primary Children’s Hospital, is excited to announce the release of new guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases expected to lead to a significant reduction in the prevalence of peanut allergy among children, which could have a major public health impact.

Food allergy is an important public health problem because it affects children and adults, can be severe and even life-threatening, and may be increasing in prevalence. These guidelines have been developed for early introduction of peanut-containing foods into the diets of infants at various risk levels for peanut allergy.

The new guidelines recommend early introduction of peanut protein for infants who are at increased risk of developing the allergy. They caution, however, that peanuts and peanut butter are choking hazards, and advise on forms that are safe for infants such as peanut butter smoothed into pureed fruits or vegetables.

Conclusions from the guidelines:

  1. If child has severe eczema or egg allergy they should get testing at an allergist office quickly.  If negative, child should start to consume between age 4-6 months.
  2. If patient has mild eczema, can introduce without testing at 6 months.
  3. If patient has no history of allergies, introduce when family desires.

Pediatric allergist at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Dr. Rafael Firszt, says “Before introducing peanut into your child’s diet, please consult with your health care provider to determine whether they feel it is safe for your child to begin eating peanuts, and to also provide you with a safe, age-appropriate plan for introducing peanut-containing food options.  Please be aware that whole nuts should not be given to children under 5 years of age and avoid giving your child peanut butter directly from a spoon or in lumps before the age of 4, as these represent a choking hazard. If, after a week or more eating peanut, your infant or child displays mild allergic symptoms within 2 hours of eating peanut, you should contact your health care provider.”

Melissa Sauter, UFAN Executive Director, is “excited families now have a road-map to follow and guidance for safe introduction of peanuts, especially in high risk infants, where early introduction may actually stave off the development of a lifelong, severe allergy.”

For more information please refer to the full guidelines at: http://www.annallergy.org/article/S1081-1206(16)31164-4/fulltext

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