21 Resources for Teens With Food Allergies
By Teens, for Teens
Allergy Alli – Allison Davin is an expressive girl with a lot to share. Her posts with stories, tips, recipes and pictures provide amazing outreach to other food allergic teens.
Eat Without Gluten – Sema Dibooglu is all about food, good gluten-free food, on her blog that focuses on recipes, product finds, restaurant recommendations, and life experiences with celiac disease.
Gluten Away – Like a young pioneer in living with celiac disease, Taylor Miller has created a very active blog of recipes and product reviews, as well as establishing an online gluten-free expo called GlutenAway Virtual Expo.
Gluten-Free Holiday Cookbook – Taylor Miller has also created this resource with many of his easy gluten-free and dairy-free recipes plus product ideas and tips for navigating the tricky food-focused season.
Nutties for a Change – Individually, they are each a bit shy, but when best friends Tiffani Pope (multiple food allergies) and Mariana Trejos (fragrance allergy) team up, a lively website with recipes, contests, and a “Teen Guide” are the result.
Teen FAAB – Katherine Schug’s website stands for Food Allergies & Anti-Bullying. This high school student focuses heavily on support and prevention, but lightens the mood with teen-friendly recipes and videos.
Teen with Food Allergies – Hannah Lank is a doer, and it shows on her honest, informational, and supportive blog. She openly shares her successes, her challenges, and useful lessons.
FARE Teen Summit – This annual 3-day event brings food-allergic teens together, offering the opportunity to meet others just like them, discuss social issues related to allergies, and just have fun. In 2016, it will run Nov. 11-13 in Milwaukee. See student Michael Mandanas report on the summit experience here.
FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) – A nationwide program where teen members get involved in online projects, youth awareness programs, peer-to-peer mentoring, and representing their geographic region. Food allergic teens can apply to join during designated times.
FARE’s Teen Food Allergy Support Group – This private Facebook group brings together members of TAG, but also welcomes other food allergic teens simply looking for like-minded friends and support.
Food Allergy Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) – Created and supported by Food Allergy Canada and led by Kyle Dine, famed food allergy musician and advocate, this amazing group of teens develops resources and projects for awareness, runs community conferences, participates in media, and so much more. Teens can apply to join or start out by attending one of their community events across Canada.
FAACT Teen Conference – Here’s another opportunity for teens to gather, share and learn about managing their allergies and have fun meeting new peers. For 2016, the event takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Las Vegas.
Food Advisory Group Cookbook – Created in 2014 by teen members of FARE’s TAG, this adorable e-book provides delicious, easy, kid-friendly recipes, from Mama’s Blueberry Muffins to Chocolate Lasagna, all free of top allergens.
Food Allergy Teens Blog – This website is updated often with teen news and posts from members of TAG.
Allergic Living‘s Forum – As food allergy teens venture into university and the world of young adulthood, this welcoming community is there to ease the transition.
The Allergy Awareness Challenge – This Canadian high school awareness program provides fun educational games, information on anaphylaxis, and promotional materials for free. Students can easily request their school involvement.
Ultimate Guidebook for Teens with Allergies – E-book written by and for teens with food allergies. Great personal stories, with resources most suited to Canadian teens.
Why Risk It? – This website is dedicated to Canadian youth at risk for anaphylaxis, but has tools to offer food-allergic teens worldwide. The resources include webinars, podcasts, videos and more.
WhyRiskit? Teen Video Series – The Youth Advisory Panel at Anaphylaxis Canada produced these short films covering everything from Food Allergies and Dating to Traveling with Food Allergies.
WhyRiskit? Smartphone App – A food allergic university student, Nick Pothier, developed this free app to educate allergic preteens, teens and young adults about the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, treatment and emergency procedures. Available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android.