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Allergy Awareness

2019 Food for Thought Event

Learn From Innovators About the Latest Products and Services Being Developed in the Food Allergy Community

Thursday, May 16
6:00–8:00 pm
Meehan Family Artsbarn

Providing parents, children, and caregivers with insight into some of the latest products and services being developed in the food allergy community, the 2019 Food For Thought event will feature esteemed speakers and advocates at the forefront of revolutionary change.

This year’s inspiring panel includes:
  • Chris Stepanian, CO-Founder & CEO of Windgap Medical – a company developing a cutting edge epinephrine auto-injector.
  • Renuka Babu, Founder & CEO of Detection On the Spot (DOTS) – a company creating a device which can identify traces of allergens in food.
  • Matthew Ciampa, Founder & CEO of Treasure Socks – a solution to carrying around allergy-related medicine.
  • Deb Brockney, Owner, Sadie Mae’s Cupcake Café – a South Shore nut-free bakery.
  • Elise Bates, President & Co-Founder of End Allergies Together (EAT) – a non-profit organization funding most promising research that will make a tangible difference in the lives of those affected by food allergies NOW.
After the panel discussion and while parents are networking with the industry experts, students in the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated breakout discussion to brainstorm possible solutions for everyday allergy problems.

This will be a casual yet informative event; Open to the public.

Tickets: $10 per Family (Purchase here, or by clicking the button at right)
Refreshments will be served

2016 Food for Thought Event

Inly School was honored to be part of the second annual Food for Thought event, held on March 29, 2016 at Tosca in Hingham. The evening’s discussion was divided into three parts, providing an opportunity for families to learn about Research, Clinical Care, and Quality of Life in pediatric food allergies, and ask questions of leading experts from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Boston Children’s Hospital. The expert panel included Dr. Wayne Shreffler, Director of the MGH Food Allergy Center and Dr. Lynda Schneider, Director of The Allergy Program at BCH. A list of additional panel participants can be found here. All proceeds from the event benefitted MGH and BCH Pediatric Food Allergy Centers.

Event Speakers

Inly Food Allergy Support Group

According to the CDC National Center for Health Statistics, 4 out of every 100 children in the US have a food allergy. Studies show that food allergies are on the rise, some suggesting food allergies have increased by 18% since 1993.

Experts say raising children with food allergies is harder than living with your own food allergies. Food allergies are life altering for the entire family. It can be a struggle to keep life as normal as possible while keeping your food allergic child safe. Parents of kids with food allergies need to be "label detectives" (allergens can hide in the most unlikely places), educators, constantly vigilant and always prepared for a reaction. Managing all of these can be challenging and at times, overwhelming.

The Inly Food Allergy Support Group seeks to create a supportive, parent-led environment to share experiences, concerns, resources and tips for coping with allergies on a daily basis, and to assist in food allergy education. All members of the Inly Community are welcome.

Inly School Wins National Award for Allergy Awareness

A nut-free school with a comprehensive food allergy policy, Inly School was awarded the Mariel C. Furlong Award for Making a Difference in 2012 from the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) in honor of its commitment to safety and for promoting allergy awareness throughout the school community.

Resources for Food Allergies

Food Allergies for Dummies – Dr. Robert Wood (John Hopkins)

The Peanut Allergy Answer Book - Dr. Michael Young

The Divvies Bakery Cookbook

The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal

The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook by Cybele Pascal

Nut-Free Snacks

Looking for peanut and tree nut free snacks to include in lunch boxes? Are you hosting a play date for your child’s food allergic friend and not sure what is safe to serve? The parents of the Inly Food Allergy Support Group have put together their top 12 peanut and tree nut free snack foods. The following are allergic and non-allergic kid approved!

Top 12 Nut-Free Friendly Snacks:
  • Cheez-Its
  • Goldfish (cheddar, pretzel)
  • Honey Maid Graham Crackers
  • Tostitos - Corn
  • Rice or Corn Chex
  • Oreo Cookies (the original)
  • Rold Gold Pretzels
  • Wheat Thins
  • Cape Cod Potato Chips
  • Stacy's Pita Chips
  • Pirate's Booty
  • Annie's Snack Mix Bunnies Cheddar
Important Note: Manufacturers often change ingredients or manufacturing processes, so it is important to read the ingredient list, the warnings, and any fine print on each package.