Conferences for Gaining Information

By Heather Legg

Conferences can be informative for people wanting to learn more about a topic. Here are some upcoming allergy conferences that you may have a chance to attend:

FAAN: The theme of this year’s Food Allergy Conferences is “Take Action, Prevent Reactions.” You’ll learn tips and strategies for living better while managing food allergies. The following topics will be covered:
• causes and symptoms of food-allergic reactions
• strategies for avoiding reactions
• how and when to use epinephrine
• how to eat well with food allergies
• how to be prepared for an emergency
• tips for dining out with food allergies
• ways to prepare a child to manage food allergies
• latest news on food allergy research

Who Should Attend? The meetings are particularly useful for anyone who has a food allergy or cares for someone who has a food allergy. This includes parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children with food allergies, as well as health care professionals, registered dietitians, teachers, and school staff. There are special sessions for teens (ages 11 and up), parents of teens, nurses, and registered dietitians. So mark your calendars, and join FAAN and others like you who are living with food allergies, for a day of learning and networking!

Locations and Dates:  (see www.foodallergy.org) for more information on registration.
Rosemont, Illinois; April 18, 2009
Tarrytown, New York; May 9, 2009

AFAA’s 6th annual Food Allergy Conference & Expo will be held on Saturday, April 4th, 2009 from 9-4 (registration 8:30 a.m.) at the University of Minnesota Radisson Hotel, 2nd floor; 605 Washington Avenue; Minneapolis, MN 55455. This is a Minnesota group devoted to allergies.

The conference is open to parents, food allergic adults, clinical and school nurses, dietitians, pediatricians and general practitioners, foodservice employees, educators, and anyone else interested in learning more about food allergies.The conference keynote speaker is one of the “pioneers” in the food allergy world, popular food allergy author Linda Marienhoff Coss. Ms. Coss, author of two food allergy cookbooks and “How To Manage Your Child’s Life-Threatening Food Allergies: Practical Tips For Everyday Life,” will deliver the keynote address on “What You Need to Know about Food Allergy Management.”

If you can’t attend one of these conferences, you can get a lot of valuable off of these websites and possibly find a local chapter to get involved with: www.foodallergy.org (The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Netowrk) and www.aafa.org (The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America)

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