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Presented in a welcoming format with interviews and open discussions, FAACT’s Roundtable podcast episodes cover all aspects of living with food allergies across the lifespan. You don't want to miss out, so subscribe, sit back, relax, and welcome FAACT into your homes! Please note that our guests are not compensated in any way by our generous sponsors to participate in specific podcasts.
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As the nation reopens schools, new questions arise. In this episode, FAACT's General Counsel and Vice President of Civil Rights Advocacy, Amelia G. Smith, JD, discusses current Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines regarding children with food allergies and/or asthma. Most importantly, Ms. Smith offers valuable tips for helping your child's school keep the focus on the child as you work together to secure food allergy accommodations.To keep you in the know, here are some helpful links:Special Note: Please contact Amelia.Smith@FoodAllergyAwareness.org directly if you are experiencing challenges regarding 504 accommodations or receiving meals, which are no longer safe and appropriate for your student. FAACT's Civil Rights Advocacy Resource CenterAASA The School Superintendents Association: FAACT's Guest Blog on COVID-19 and Students with Food AllergiesFAACT's Podcast Ep. 26: COVID-19 Back-To-School Must KnowsFAACT's Podcast Ep. 12: Civil Rights Advocacy - Responding to the CDC's Interim Guidance and Meals in the ClassroomFAACT's Position Statement and Letter to the CDC regarding CDC's Interim Guidance and Meals in the ClassroomYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Visit us at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, & YouTube.Sponsored by: National Peanut Board 
In this episode, FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Brown, MA, School Psychology, helps us explore Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating and how these conditions may interact with food allergies. Learn about signs and symptoms and how to find help, hope, and solutions.To keep you in the know, here are helpful resources:Podcasts:Understanding PTSD and Food AllergiesYour Family: Building Resilience in KidsFood Allergy Anxiety and DepressionSelf-care and Coping Skills Tips for You and Your FamilyBlogs:Mental Health Awareness Month: The Effects of PTSD and Food AllergiesThe Lost Memories of Students in Transition: Where Do We Go from Here?Compassion in a Time of Chaos: There is No Right ResponseResources:FAACT's 'My Food Allergy Resilience Kit'FAACT's 'Parents: How to Listen to Your Children and Teens When They Are Ready to Talk to You About Their Mental Health'FAACT's 'When It’s Time to Seek Help: Behavioral Health Issues and Your Food Allergies'FAACT's Self-care SectionYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: National Peanut Board
In this episode, we sit down with Gwen Smith, Editor and Content Chief of Allergic Living, to take a peek behind the scenes of America's favorite food allergy and asthma news source. Ms. Smith shares personal stories of her first reaction as an adult and what inspired Allergic Living. We explore memorable stories and why educating the public is at the heart of Ms. Smith's passion. To keep you in the know, here are links mentioned in the podcast:Allergic Living'This Allergic Life' Microsite Contact Gwen Smith at: editor@allergicliving.com You can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Visit us at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. Contact us directly via Email.Sponsored by: DBV Technologies
In this episode, we explore the complex system of the food safety culture at The Hershey Company with Kevin Boyd, PhD, Manager of Allergen and Toxicology, and Megan Kenjora, Senior Manager of Food Safety Culture. Listen to how their work is more than executing protocol to keep people with food allergies safe, but how science, safety, and passion merge to create tasty treats worldwide.To keep you in the know, here are a few links to topics mentioned in the podcast:The Hershey Company Food Labeling Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)You can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Visit us at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. Contact us directly via Email.Sponsored by: Genentech
In this episode, we explore Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), how to identify it, and what to do if you suspect a loved one might be experiencing PTSD. As we speak with FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Brown, MA, School Psychology, we'll learn about medical PTSD, although rare, and post-traumatic growth, as well!Links and resources mentioned in today's podcast:Podcasts:Your Family: Building Resilience in KidsFood Allergy Anxiety and DepressionSelf-care and Coping Skills Tips for You and Your FamilyBlogs:Mental Health Awareness Month: The Effects of PTSD and Food AllergiesThe Lost Memories of Students in Transition: Where Do We Go from Here?Compassion in a Time of Chaos: There is No Right ResponseResources:FAACT's 'My Food Allergy Resilience Kit'FAACT's 'Parents: How to Listen to Your Children and Teens When They Are Ready to Talk to You About Their Mental Health'FAACT's 'When It’s Time to Seek Help: Behavioral Health Issues and Your Food Allergies'FAACT's Self-care SectionYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: DBV Technologies
In today's episode, we meet Soheila Maleki, Ph.D, a research chemist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in New Orleans. Ms. Maleki's work focuses specifically on peanut and tree nuts. We explore the type of research her lab conducts and how everyone from the peanut farmer to researchers are involved in addressing food allergy in the United States.To keep you in the know, here are a few links to topics mentioned in the podcast:Food Processing and Sensory and Quality Research: New Orleans, LA (USDA)Reducing the Development and Severity of Allergy to Peanuts and Tree Nuts (USDA) Allergenic Properties of Proteins in Browned PeanutsUSDA Scientist Named Finalist for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Groundbreaking Food Allergy Work USDA's Agricultural Research Service Honors Scientists of the Year You can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Visit us at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. Contact us directly via Email.Sponsored by: National Peanut Board
In this episode, Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD, sits down with us to share a lively and detailed review of the updated USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We explore the recommendations for feeding infants allergens in hopes of preventing food allergies and discuss tips on how to safely feed allergens to infants.To keep you in the know, here are a few helpful links:USDA Dietary GuidelinesPrevent Peanut Allergies: National Peanut Board in collaboration with FAACT and American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (ACAAI) American Academy of Pediatrics: Healthy ChildrenAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Eat RightNational Peanut Board: PeanutAllergyFacts.orgYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Visit us at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. Contact us directly via Email.Sponsored by: National Peanut Board
In this episode we hear directly from two college students, Maya Konoff (Syracuse University) and Emma Sorrentino (University of Vermont), who are enjoying traditional college life while managing food allergies. Hear their very candid and authentic thoughts about campus dining, roommates, and dating. To keep you in the know, we invite you to explore these resources:FAACT College and University ResourcesFAACT’s Adults with Food Allergies SectionFAACT Blogs:Getting Ready for College: 5 Things You Can Do Right NowIs Your Child Off to College? College Ready? Here Are Some Tips on How to Communicate Your Food AllergiesFAACT Podcast:Episode 19: Part 1 & 2 – Preparing for CollegeYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
As the adult population with food allergy continues to grow, we sit down with two adults with food allergies to learn how they navigate their work and personal lives. Joining us is Linda Menighan, FAACT Vice President of Programs, and Emery Gewirtz Brown, FAACT Director of Behavioral Health. These two community leaders take us on a lively tour of several new 'Adults with Food Allergies' resources available to you, your friends, and colleagues.To keep you in the know, below are a few, free & helpful links:Teal Tactics for Adults with Food Allergies:FAACT's Adults with Food Allergy Resource CenterSocializing with FriendsDating and RelationshipsShared Living SpacesFood Allergies in the WorkplaceEvents in the WorkplaceResources:FAACT’s Adults with Food Allergies Facebook GroupFAACT’s Behavioral Health Resource CenterYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: National Peanut Board
Meet the newest FAACT Leadership team member, Kristin M. Osborne, FAACT's Vice President of Education, as we explore special activities to celebrate Valentine's Day with food allergies. Hear about Random Acts of Valentine's Day Kindness to creating new and inclusive memories with your family and friends. We welcome Kristin and her extensive background as she joins the FAACT Leadership team. To keep you in the know, below are helpful links:Meet Kristin OsborneBlogs:FAACT Believes in Love Without LimitsResources:FAACT Education CenterYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: National Peanut Board
In this episode, you'll enjoy getting to know precocious 12-year-old Brennan, who candidly discusses his challenges and successes in managing food allergies. As a FAACT Camp TAG and Teen Retreat veteran, Brennan provides a glimpse from an attendee's perspective of these two signature events. Joined by his mother, Shannon, they share stories of bullying and triumph. Links from topics mentioned in podcast:Brennan’s Teal Love Spotlight Food Allergy JourneyFAACT’s Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang)FAACT’s Teen RetreatResources:FAACT’s Education Resource Center FAACT’s Bullying SectionNo Appetite for BullyingFAACT’s Behavioral Health Resource CenterFAACT’s Civil Rights Advocacy Resource CenterYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: Genentech
In this episode, we sit down with FAACT President, CEO and Founder, Eleanor Garrow-Holding, as she reflects on 2020 with her eye on 2021. Eleanor authentically shares her personal experience discovering her son's food allergy, EoE, and asthma and how those early experiences helped to shape the FAACT organization we know today. Programs  mentioned in podcast:FAACT's Camp TAGFAACT's Teen RetreatFAACT's Leadership SummitBlogs:Bringing Hope, Love, and Empathy into the New Year for Those Living with Food AllergyResources: FAACT's Education Resource CenterFAACT's Civil Rights Advocacy Resource CenterFAACT's Behavioral Health Resource CenterFAACT's Newly Diagnosed GuideFAACT's 'A Caregiver's Guide'You can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)
In this episode, we sit down with FAACT's Medical Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Shahzad Mustafa, to explore the world of COVID-19 vaccinations as he explains how vaccinations work and why the current vaccinations offered are safe - even for people living with food allergies and asthma.Podcasts with Dr. Shahzad Mustafa:Understanding COVID-19, Part 1 Understanding COVID-19, Part 2 Food Allergy and COVID-19 Pandemic, Where Are We NowResources:·         FAACT’s COVID-19 Resource CenterThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - VaccinesU.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine: includes translation in multiple languages for recipient and caregiversU.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: includes translation in multiple languages for recipient and caregiversAllergic Living: “Some Reactions to COVID Vaccine Expected, But No Reason to Avoid Shot”You can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.* This is our last podcast in 2020. Thank you for tuning in with us this year. FAACT's Roundtable Podcast will return on January 27, 2021. Stay Safe! Always be kind to one another! Happy New Year!
Pandemic parenting has been a challenge! Today, we sit down with FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz, MA, School Psychology,  as we explore what emotions kids might be feeling right now and how to help establish fun winter goals, routines, and tips to perk up the pandemic winter blues. Listen to Emery's top three tips for engagement, including how to help your child remain engaged with their peers and friends.Links mentioned in podcast:Cosmic Kids Yoga - YouTube Yoga Club for KidsFAACT’s Behavioral Health Resource CenterPodcasts:Your Family: Building Resilience in KidsFood Allergy Anxiety and DepressionSelf-Care and Coping Skills Tips for Your and Your FamilyBlogs:Mental Health Awareness Month: The Effects of PTSD and Food AllergiesThe Lost Memories of Students in Transition: Where Do We Go from Here?Compassion in a Time of Chaos: There is No Right ResponseResources:FAACT's Parents: How to Listen to Your Children and Teens When They Are Ready to Talk to You About Their Mental HealthFAACT's When It’s Time to Seek Help: Behavioral Health Issues and Your Food AllergiesYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: DBV Technologies
In this episode, FAACT-recognized support group leader,  and FAACT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board Member, Ashley Smith, explores fresh ideas for creating memories for all budgets and locations. Ashley discusses how to keep grandparents involved even when they are living across the country and how to focus on love, creativity, and inclusion of all family members.  No prior crafting experience needed to enjoy these easy and affordable ideas!To keep you in the know, below are helpful links:FAACT's Teal Love Spotlight Contest: Donate $20 in 2020 to help us usher in a better 2021FAACT's Allergy-Friendly Christmas Ideas on Pinterest (crafts and treats)FAACT's Allergy-Friendly New Year's Eve on PinterestFAACT's Support Group Leadership SummitFAACT-recognized Support GroupsVisit us at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. Contact us directly via Email.You can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Sponsored by:  Genentech
In this episode, FAACT-recognized support group leader,  and FAACT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board Member, Carolina Soto, MSW, shares how to safely manage the holidays as we balance precious, cultural traditions with food allergy management. Carolina explores the importance of finding support and why we need one another.To keep you in the know, below are helpful links:FAACT's Teal Love Spotlight Contest: Donate $20 in 2020 to help us usher in a better 2021FAACT's Cultural Allergy-Friendly Recipes on PinterestFAACT's Support Group Leadership SummitFAACT-recognized Support GroupsVisit us at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. Contact us directly via Email.You can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Sponsored by: National Peanut Board
This holiday season, we explore how to set a positive intention, learn how to say "No" with grace and honesty, and how to "take in the good" with Emery Gewirtz, FAACT Director of Behavioral Health. The holidays can be tough, but with tools packed with science-based tips, you'll be prepared for a joyful season.To keep you in the know, below are a few, free & helpful links:Holiday Helpers:FAACT’s “What Will Your Holiday Season Look Like?” BlogFAACT’s Holiday Planning Section FAACT’s Self-care SectionFAACT’s Behavioral Health Resource CenterPodcasts:Your Family: Building Resilience in KidsFood Allergy Anxiety and DepressionSelf-Care and Coping Skills Tips for Your and Your FamilyBlogs:Mental Health Awareness Month: The Effects of PTSD and Food AllergiesThe Lost Memories of Students in Transition: Where Do We Go from Here?Compassion in a Time of Chaos: There is No Right ResponseResources:FAACT's Parents: How to Listen to Your Children and Teens When They Are Ready to Talk to You About Their Mental HealthFAACT's When It’s Time to Seek Help: Behavioral Health Issues and Your Food AllergiesYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: DBV Technologies
In this episode, Executive Chef, Keith Norman, with South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, helps us get ready for holiday cooking by sharing tips for preparing ahead of time and how to safely cook a turkey.  Chef Keith shares his passion for our food allergy community through his cooking and food allergy aware television appearances.To keep you in the know, below are helpful links:FAACT's Shine Bright with Teal Love Spotlight Contest: Donate $20 in 2020 to help us usher in a better 2021Food Service and Food Allergies with Chef Keith: FAACT's Roundtable Podcast, Ep. 29FDA's Food Safety Tips for the Healthy HolidaysFAACT's Dining Out ResourcesAllergen Awareness: A Chef's Perspective Cookbook, Author Chef Keith NormanSouth Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, NevadaVisit us at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. Contact us directly via Email.You can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Sponsored by: Genentech
As parents of children with food allergies, we know a strong parent-teacher relationship is key. In this information-packed episode, we sit down with Keynote speaker, Author, former California Teacher of the Year, the Rappin' Mathematician, and the Founder of Multiplication Nation, Alex Kajitani, to explore how to keep those important lines of communication open with our children's teachers. Mr. Kajitani also helps us better understand the importance of teaching our students how to become  good, digital learners.To keep you in the know, below are a few, free & helpful links:AlexKajitani.comMultiplicationantion.com The Rappin' MathematicianItty Bitty Dot Rap YouTube VideoFAACT Resources:FAACT's Food Allergies and Schools'FAACTs for Schools' Staff Education ProgramFAACT's Food Allergy Curricula Program for SchoolsFAACT's  Civil Rights Advocacy Resource Center: Resources for schools, 504 plans, USDA Regulations, and current CDC recommendations regarding meals at schoolCOVID-19 Back-To-School Must Knows with Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN and Amelia G. Smith, JD - FAACT Podcast, Ep. 26FAACT's Back to School Blues Blog Let's Rehearse Lunchtime at School ActivityYou can find the FAACT Roundtable Podcast on Pandora, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, & Pinterest.Sponsored by: National Peanut Board
In this episode, we explore the science behind how food manufacturers detect allergens with Melanie Downs, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Food Science and Technology. Learn about spectrometry and how testing food samples sometimes uses the same technology used in COVID-19 rapid testing. Dr. Downs explains what type of research is conducted at the Food Allergy Research & Resource Program (FARRP) and how it impacts people managing food allergies.To keep you in the know, below is a helpful link:Food Allergy Research & Resource Program (FARRP): University of Nebraska, LincolnMelanie Downs, PhD BioYou can find FAACT's Roundtable Podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, Stitcher,  iHeart Radio, Podcast Chaser, Deezer, and Listen Notes.Visit us at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube. Contact us directly via Email.Sponsored by: DBV Technologies
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