Bloomington PoCHA: Parents of Children Having Allergies

Bloomington PoCHA: Parents of Children Having Allergies


FAACT's Camp TAG 2019

We are entering in our 9th season for FAACT’s Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang)! Can you believe it? Camp TAG provides a safe place for children (ages 4-13) with food allergies, eosinophilic disorders, and asthma and their non-allergic siblings to have fun – with no worries about allergic reactions – and meet other children who share similar experiences. Teens with food allergies and teen siblings, ages 14+, can apply to serve as volunteer teen counselors – and receive community service hours for their time during the week. It is a bonding and empowering week for all campers and counselors, including parents. Don’t miss out!

We have a few changes for 2019. We have a new location in Nashville, TN, which we are very excited about. And, we are saying good-bye to Tall Pines Day Camp in Williamstown, NJ after eight wonderful summers due to lack of space for an outside camp to run successfully. Therefore, we have a new location in Huguenot, NY. All three Camp TAG locations are YMCA camps and are peanut and tree-nut free.

Camp TAG locations and dates:

Lebanon, OH: June 10-14, 2019, at YMCA Camp Kern
- 50 camper spots available
- 15 teen counselor spots available

Nashville, TN: June 24-28, 2019, at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
- 70 camper spots available
- 20 teen counselor spots available

Huguenot, NY: July 29 – August 2, 2019, at YMCA Camp Greenkill
- 70 camper spots available
- 20 teen counselor spots available

For volunteer teen counselors, this year will be an application process, as we only have a certain number of spots available for each location. Email [email protected] for the teen counselor application and health form.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! All registration and hotel information, etc is on our website at:

It is a bonding and empowering week for all campers and counselors, including parents. We hope you can join us for a fun-filled summer!

Bloomington PoCHA is a Bloomington and Monroe County area support group for families living with food allergic children. Supporting our community!

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Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

News this month included the food allergy related death of a girl with a milk allergy after she used a toothpaste which contained milk protein. This is a sad reminder that families who manage food allergies must be ever vigilant.

In the US, food allergen labeling can be confusing. Food allergies do not need to be listed in plain English on the labels for cosmetics, personal care items and medicines:

It's important to read every label, every time and know the other names that allergens can "hide" under:


Allergic Living

The FDA is now officially reviewing the biologics license application for AR101, the peanut oral immunotherapy drug that underwent successful clinical trials.


Food Allergy Research & Education

Allergy Alert: Peanut

RXBAR is recalling Chocolate Sea Salt and Coconut Chocolate bars due to a potential undeclared peanut allergen.

Read the full alert here:


Food Allergy Research & Education

Ingredient Notice: Kellogg Company

Starting in November 2018, Kellogg changed the allergen statement on two flavors of Snack Bars under the Special K® label.

Read the full notice from the Kellogg Company:


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Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

The new movie, Peter Rabbit, has a scene that may be disturbing to young viewers who have a food allergy. A character is intentionally attacked with his allergen, leading to anaphylaxis and the use of epinephrine. Parents should be aware of this before your children see the movie so you can talk with your child(ren) about it.
KFA believes that food allergy "jokes" are harmful to our community. During a reaction, patients require the life-saving drug epinephrine and must go to the nearest hospital for follow-up treatment. The very real fear and anxiety that people experience during an allergic reaction (often referred to as an impending sense of doom) is a serious matter. Making light of this condition hurts our members because it encourages the public not to take the risk of allergic reactions seriously, and this cavalier attitude may make them act in ways that could put an allergic person in danger.
Read our letter to Sony Pictures and the other makers of this film:


Food Allergy Research & Education

Food allergies impact us both psychologically and emotionally and this can take a toll on relationships and dating. Learn more about how to address conversations regarding your food allergies.


Nima Sensor

“Meeting the Nima Peanut Sensor for the first time was unimaginable. It was fast, easy and convenient to use."


Dr. Frederick Leickly, MD, MPH

Got published- Journal of Pediatrics-
My thank to all those peanut kids out there who participated in the database.
here is the link-


Allergic Living

School outings are rewarding but allergy hazards can lurk in unfamiliar terrain. This article from Allergic Living magazine offers helpful insights on how to sidestep the perils beyond the classroom – plus 6 key steps to planning a successful allergy-friendly field trip. #foodallegy #fieldtrips


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Bloomington PoCHA: Parents of Children Having Allergies


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[04/27/15]   For anyone that is needing to renew their Auvi-Q pens, CVS at college mall and 3rd street has them that expire on 6/2016. And if you received coupons for short expirations, mine expire June 2015. Don't forget to use them.... Tell your pharmacy when you renew it that you are using a Sanofi coupon. It might save you a second trip! 04/12/2015

Bloomington PoCHA's Team Page for 2015 FARE Walk - Indianapolis


Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

If you believe that you are having an allergic reaction to lupin beans or ingredients made from lupin, stop eating the food and seek immediate medical care or advice.The FDA is actively monitoring complaints of allergic reactions to lupin in US consumers. You or your health care provider can help by reporting lupin-related adverse events to FDA by phone at 240-402-2405 or by email at [email protected]
To learn more about lupin/lupine, visit: 01/03/2015

Kids in the Kitchen Cooking with your child is a great family activity and a way to introduce them to food allergy management skills. As you bake, blend and beat ingredients, talk with your child about how to stay saf...


Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

Share this information to help prevent allergic reactions:


Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

Spread the word! Burger King has informed us they are adding a new menu item that contains peanuts. The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Pies will be sealed in individually portioned packages. More information: 12/10/2014

Smart 911 service already paying dividends in Braintree BRAINTREE – The call to Brewster Ambulance Service’s call center came one night in late November, from a panicked Braintree baby sitter. The 4-


Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

Halloween candy can be risky for children with food allergies. If your child will be eating candy, read these tips first:


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

What you need to know about food allergy testing:


Fowler Pumpkin Patch

Event 10/13/2014

Teal pumpkins try to change Halloween for kids with food allergies The Teal Pumpkin Project is helping kids with food allergies have a healthier Halloween. See how you can make Halloween safe.


Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

Halloween can be a fun and exciting holiday for children, but it is not without risk for those with food allergies. Families raising children with food allergies need to take extra precautions in order to keep their children safe. Visit our blog to download our new free Halloween Tips Guide:


Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

Foods regulated by the FDA are required to list which of the eight major food allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and crustacean shellfish) are present as ingredients.

However, the law does not require or suggest wording for warning labels, such as “may contain trace amounts of nuts” or “may be prepared in a facility that also uses nuts.” The inclusion of these warning labels is voluntary. 09/09/2014

New Study Aims for Quick Suppression of Food Allergies Food Allergy Research & Education awards grant to leading immunologist


Food Allergy Research & Education

Join our free educational webinar tomorrow at 1pm ET! Learn about the CDC’s first national comprehensive guidelines for school food allergy management and how you can help make your child’s school a safer and more inclusive environment for students with food allergies. Register at 09/03/2014

The Upside of Food Allergies If you’ve been a part of the food allergy community for any length of time, you can add to this list. Please share your "upside of food allergies" in the comments. 09/03/2014

You May Be Cleaning Your Home (and Your Children) With Products Containing Peanut Oil When big brands don't disclose the full ingredient list of its products on packaging, and when big brands are unable to disclose what the ingredient list printed, it hurts the entire allergy community. 08/27/2014

Can Good Gut Bacteria Protect Against Food Allergies? A new study shows that the presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies in mice, suggesting that probiotic therapies could be developed to treat people with similar food sensitivities.


Food Allergy Research & Education

Your next mani/pedi could raise food allergy awareness! A portion of proceeds from these nail wraps (custom-designed by a food allergy mom and FARE volunteer) will be donated to FARE. Sheets are $25 each, 2 for $40 and 3 for $60. Each sheet is good for up to two manicures and pedicures. Wraps are non-toxic, vegan, gluten and latex free. Go to to purchase your gift card and then just email your name, address and giftcard number to FARE volunteer Alyssa at [email protected] 08/24/2014

Brandon Sun – Breaking News, Sports, Manitoba, Canada Latest news, sports, business, entertainment, comments and reviews from the Brandon Sun, your local newspaper. 08/22/2014

Anaphylaxis in the Air: Two Recent Airline Incidents | Allergic Living Allergic Living is the leading magazine for those with food allergies, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or environmental allergies. It features in-depth articles, news and safe recipes. 08/21/2014

The New Rules for Food Allergies Nut-free schools. Treatless birthday bashes. Restaurant menus with asterisks. As food-allergy rates have soared, the way we feed all kids looks a lot different than it did even a few years ago.





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