I posted a review of Kyle Dine’s DVD on Amazon, and wanted to share it here…
Kyle Dine is an incredibly talented and extremely creative children’s entertainer. He also wields the utmost authority on living life while coping with food allergies as he has multiple food allergies himself and is a successful world-travelled musical educator.
These expertly crafted videos are full of incredibly fun and catchy age-appropriate songs and lessons about having food allergies. How to avoid your trigger foods, hand washing, always carrying your auto-injector, and how to quickly reach out for help if necessary are just some of the topics not only touched upon but driven home by Kyle and his puppet friends.
As an adult with a severe food allergy I am so glad that this type of resource is available for the ever-growing “club” of the food allergic. As a parent of a child with food allergies, this is an invaluable tool to help teach a toddler turning into a pre-schooler about the importance of not eating food unless it’s OK’d by mommy or daddy, and for her to let us know immediately if she is having a reaction. Luckily she loves to wash her hands, so we’ve got that covered. These lessons are delivered in the fine tradition of children’s programming like Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers, and they work. Both of my kids were moving to the music upon our first viewing!
I not only recommend this for food allergy families, but I would say that extended family who may not understand food allergies, your child’s friends and their parents, and organizations like schools, churches, camps, & clubs could all benefit from the knowledge and entertainment provided by this set of DVD’s. This programming ought to play on constant rotation in your family’s pediatric allergist’s office waiting room.
This can and will serve as an incredibly fun way to open the door to creating a fun, safe, and confident approach to living with food allergies.
Kyle Dine & Friends
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Thanks to everyone who donated to me for the Food Allergy Walk on Sunday. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network appreciates your donation, as do I! I have smashed my original $300 goal, and now exceeded my current $500 goal. I couldn’t have done it without the awesome support from friends & family!
If you were thinking of donating, but hadn’t yet… I’d like to still smash that goal, or you can donate to the lovely Bethany and help her reach her goal!
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From: Food Allergy Initiative <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Me <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 12:30 PM
Subject: Message from FAI & Research America
|Finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies.
||July 19, 2011
||Fight for the Future of Medical Research!
|Dear Friend,FAI has joined forces with Research!America, the nation’s largest nonprofit advocacy alliance committed to making health research a higher national priority. We’re fighting for strong, continuing support for life-saving research at the NIH.
Please join us today by writing your elected officials. You’ll find two letters on our site. The first allows you to voice your support for food allergy research, and the second, provided by Research America, allows you to voice your opposition to budget cuts at NIH.
A strong government-private partnership is the key to finding a cure for food allergies. We’ve worked too hard and come too far to fail now. As the world’s largest source of private funding for food allergy research, FAI urges you to write your elected officials today. Millons of Americans–including 12 million food allergy sufferers–are counting on us.
Mary Jane Marchisotto
Executive Director, FAI
FAI supports research to find a cure for life-threatening food allergies; clinical activities to improve diagnosis and treatment; public policy to increase federal funding for research and create safer environments for those afflicted; and educational programs to make the hospitality industry, schools, day care centers, and camps safer.
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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:
Food Allergy Awareness Week: May 8-14, 2011
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!
Ask your Governor to declare May 8-14, 2011 Food Allergy Awareness Week!
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?
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