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Food Allergy Connecticut Announces Interactive Family Workshop

Taking Charge: Empowering Families to Manage Food Allergies with Confidence and Promote Awareness Will Take Place on April 29, 2018 at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan

Food Allergy Connecticut announced its spring workshop, Taking Charge: Empowering Families to Manage Food Allergies with Confidence and Promote Awareness, will take place on Sunday, April 29th from 1 – 3pm at Saxe Middle School located at 468 South Avenue in New Canaan, CT.

Dr. Eyal Shemesh, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and Co-Director of the EMPOWER Program within the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute will lead the event. The EMPOWER program engages with clinical research to better understand the reasons for distress in food-allergic individuals and their families. Dr. Shemesh will speak to parents about enhancing, managing and promoting well-being and resiliency by discussing practical ways to help their food allergic children develop confidence and create food allergy awareness in their own communities. 

During the speaker presentation for parents, there will be two age-specific breakout sessions for children led by social workers affiliated with the EMPOWER program. The children will participate in a developmentally appropriate discussion and craft, followed by entertainment. The FARE Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will be on hand to mentor and assist with the children’s activities.

“Managing life-threatening food allergies can take a toll on the food allergic child, as well as the whole family,” said Food Allergy Connecticut Co-Chair Jenny Andjelkovic of Wilton, CT. “We are thrilled to bring Dr. Shemesh and members of his EMPOWER team from Mount Sinai to the families of Connecticut to provide valuable insights into how to cope and provide resiliency.”

“We have heard from our members that they are yearning for information and connection,” said Food Allergy Connecticut Co-Chair Jocelyn Walls of New Canaan, CT. “This workshop will provide the opportunity to share resources, gain support and feel prepared to navigate social situations with reduced anxiety.”

Families are encouraged to register for the workshop as soon as possible so facilitators can plan content by age group accordingly. Registration is nearly full and will close on April 6th. For more information or to register, please visit: https://food-allergy-connecticut-empowering-confidence.eventbrite.com

ABOUT FARE
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org and find us on Twitter @FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

ABOUT FOOD ALLERGY CONNECTICUT
Food Allergy Connecticut is a local support group aligned with FARE’s mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them with hope through the promise of new treatments. Food Allergy Connecticut is committed to connecting and supporting local families managing complicated food allergies through educational speakers, support coffees and community events that include and empower the whole family.

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