So, Food Allergy Awareness Week 2011 is still a little far off, but at the same time it’s quickly approaching.
Personally, I’m all about pushing it from a consumer-level rather than having some government mandates handed down to reluctant (and perhaps allergen-ignorant) business owners.
But, at the same time, I see the monumental importance of government recognition. It spreads awareness and gives hope to those of us trying to express the validity and seriousness of food allergies and anaphylaxis.
So, I urge you to do your part, and write to the governor of your state asking for them to declare recognition of Food Allergy Awareness Week. From the FAAN website:
Ask your Governor to Issue a Food Allergy Awareness Week Proclamation
Issuing a Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW) proclamation is a great way to help raise awareness in your State!
In 2010, FAAW was recognized in a RECORD 37 STATES! Let’s break this record in 2011!
As of Feb 8, 2011, only one proclamation has been issued (Minnesota). Only 49 more states to go!
So, what are you waiting for? It only takes a few minutes, and you may even get a nifty official-looking document from your governor with a state seal that has the word “diarrhea” on it. I mean, how funny is that?