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11th Annual 'Food Allergy Awareness Week'

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 General News J E 4
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Trace Adkins Puts Spotlight on Friends Helping Friends



FAIRFAX, Va., April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Country music sensation Trace Adkins is once again joining with the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) for food allergy education. For the eleventh annual Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW), May 11-17, 2008, Trace Adkins and FAAN are launching a poster geared toward teens and focusing on friends helping friends.



Teens are the most at risk for fatal allergic reactions, and studies have shown that education of their friends would make living with a food allergy easier. Teens report that they want help educating others about food allergies, and Adkins is stepping up to help them.



"Get your game on - take charge of your food allergies, carry your medicine, and teach your friends so they have your back," says Adkins. He understands the effect food allergies can have on kids and their families. His daughter, Brianna, is one of the three million American children who have food allergies.



The poster is available for download from FAAN's website and will be distributed with FAAW materials. To download a poster or register for a packet of FAAW materials please visit www.foodallergy.org.



Food allergy is a growing public health concern in the U.S. Though reasons for this are poorly understood, the prevalence of food allergies appears to be on the rise.



"Studies are showing us that the teen years can be particularly risky for individuals with food allergies. Friends can help each other avoid risks, handle bullies, and stay safe. We are honored to have Trace Adkins on board to help educate and protect these teens," says Anne Munoz-Furlong, CEO and Founder of FAAN.



Leading up to Food Allergy Awareness Week and throughout the campaign, FAAN will work with its approximately 30,000 members to spearhead food allergy education and awareness events and activities across the nation with health care professionals, schools, companies, community groups, government leaders, and others.



FAAN would like to acknowledge this year's FAAW Platinum Sponsors including Allergy Free Foods, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, the American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, Dey L.P., Food Lion, the Marvin and Kay Lichtman Foundation, and Verus Pharmaceuticals.



To learn more about Food Allergy Awareness Week, food allergy legislation, and food allergy in general visit FAAN's website, www.foodallergy.org.



ABOUT FAAN

Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially fatal condition that afflicts approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has 30,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 62 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. 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, www.faankids.org, and www.faanteen.org.



SOURCE Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
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