FAAN and Enjoy Life Foods help raise awareness

FAAN™ and Enjoy Life Foods Increase Awareness Within Food Allergy-Friendly Communities

SCHILLER PARK, IL, July 25, 2011 - More than 12 million Americans suffer from food allergies and according to health statistics, these numbers continue to grow. However, despite 4% of the nation being affected,there continues to be relatively low awareness of these potentially life-threatening allergies. People with food allergies do not see themselves as victims or sufferers. Instead this active group chooses to be viewed as members of a community that band together to battle food allergies. More importantly, these communities are not small.

Throughout the remainder of 2011, FAAN (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) and Enjoy Life Foods are continuing to work together to increase food allergy awareness through the 2011 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy, which take place in more than 40 cities nationwide and online. These annual walks help raise the necessary funds for food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research programs.   “We are very proud to be able to show our support for this great cause, by partnering with FAAN once again this year,” said Scott Mandell, CEO of Enjoy Life. “Increasing food allergy awareness is one of our main goals and we are very happy to aid our consumers and the community in any way we can. By becoming a National Gold Sponsor, we are able to do this on an even greaterlevel than in the past.”  

With the growing number of people diagnosed with food allergies, increasing awareness proves to be essential. The FAAN Walk for Food Allergy events provide an outlet for food-allergy fighters to come together to support other like individuals and educate local communities about the seriousness of food allergies. Additionally, the Walks serve as a resource for these individuals to learn and taste new allergy -friendly products like those ofEnjoy Life Foods.

With organizations like FAAN and brands such as Enjoy Life Foods working toincrease awareness and provide allergy-friendly snacks, individuals with food allergy will soon have less risk when eating everyday foods. 

About FAAN
Founded in 1991, FAAN (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) is the trusted source for food allergies, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflicts approximately 12 million American, or one out of every 25.  A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, VA, FAAN is dedicated to raising public awareness, providing advocacy and education, and advancing research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials.  To become a member of FAAN or for more information please visit www.foodallergy.org.

About Enjoy Life Foods
Since 2001, Enjoy Life Foods has remained committed to providing consumers with gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods of the highest quality. Standing strongly behind their promise of “Taste, Trust, Love,” Enjoy Life manufactures a wide variety of cereals, cookies, granolas, snack bars, bagels, trail mixes, chocolate chips, and chocolate bars for the millions of Americans living with food allergies, lactose intolerance, and celiac disease. In addition to being free of the eight most common allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish), Enjoy Life guarantees that all products are made in a dedicated nut and gluten-free facility. Visit them online at http://www.enjoylifefoods.com, on Facebook at “Enjoy Life Foods,” or on Twitter at “ELFCeo.”

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Another national exposure for Allergy Free foods

Enjoy Life to be featured on
CNN’s Morning Express!

Watch CNN’s Morning Express on Wednesday, January 7th to see a special report on Enjoy Life!

Robin Meade, covers the allergy-friendly, gluten-free market and Enjoy Life’s success. Go behind the scenes and learn more about Enjoy Life.

Tune in: January 7th, 6:30 am EST
If you miss it, don’t fret!. You can tune in again
on January 8th at 9:00 am EST.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2009/01/02/sbs.allergy.friendly.food.cnn

Halloween Safety

I love October.
All the changes of the seasons seem to condense into a colorful array of leaves, cooling winds and occasional frost on the pumpkins.

Best of all is Halloween.
Even the gluten-free kids are anxiously getting ready for trick or treat.

But how do us lucky parents prepare for this onslaught of miniature meerkats, spidermans and hippies?

We choose wisely for our own handouts and teach, teach, teach all the other adults we know about how to choose as well.

So to help you all inform your teachers, daycare owners, grandparents and such here is a wonderful list prepared by Gina Clowes of AllergyMoms for Enjoy Life Foods.
1. Be proactive. If you know of children in the neighborhood with food allergies, ask their parents what types of candies are safe. They’ll be thrilled to know you care.
2. Keep a stash of “safe candy” or fun trinkets. Pick up an assortment of Enjoy Life’s new boom CHOCO boom™ bars, the first-ever dairy-, nut- and soy-, and gluten-free chocolatey bars. Also, have fun trinkets on hand such as bubbles, Silly Putty, tattoos, stickers, spider rings and bracelets. Kids with food allergies or intolerances will be grateful to receive something they can actually enjoy.
3. Be discreet. If you know a child has food allergies, don’t ask “Oh, you’re the one with the peanut allergy, right?” Kids want to fit in and don’t like to be singled out.
4. Everyone loves ingredient labels. Give out candy with clear ingredient labels so parents and children can decide which candies are safe.
5. Don’t drop candy into kids’ bags. Allow each child to select his or her candy. Some kids can identify candies or brands that are safe and which aren’t. If they are unsure, tell them to check with a parent.
6. Listen to the children. If a child says “No thank you,” it may be because they don’t see a safe option in what’s being offered. Don’t make a fuss by insisting they take candy that may not be safe for them.
7. Parents know best. Don’t assume that peanut allergy is the only allergy. There are many types of food allergies and food intolerances, so it’s important to let parents decide what type of candy is safe for their child.
8. Think of your guests. If you’re entertaining for Halloween, don’t leave candy dishes unattended and be mindful of children “stashing” candy. Young children with food allergies may be easily tempted by “unsafe” candy.