Student Wellness Expo in Forsyth County, GA on October 15 and 16, 2014

student wellness expo forsyth county gaForsyth County Schools, the Forsyth County Public Health Department and Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta have partnered to provide a PreK – 12 Student Wellness Expo on October 15 & October 16, 2014 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

The Wellness Expo includes a No-Cost Flu Shot & Flu Mist Clinic and Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Expo to raise awareness about food allergies & anaphylaxis among the entire student body, parents of all students, and with all citizens in the county.

The Expo will be held on October 15th & 16th, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Otwell Middle School on 10/15 and Piney Grove Middle School on 10/16.

Last year, 770 students took part in countywide free flu shot program.

During the event, all students K-12, and their parents, will participate in short educational workshops about food allergies & anaphylaxis.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta’s outreach program in Forsyth County is the first of many outreach events planned for GA counties.

Flu Vaccination Clinic

On the October 15 and 16 early release days, the Forsyth County Health Department is conducting a no-cost flu vaccination clinic for Forsyth County children, ages 4-18.

Locations:

Oct. 15, 3-6 pm @ Otwell MS Cafeteria

Oct. 16, 3-6 pm @ Piney Grove MS Cafeteria

A parent MUST accompany all students.

CLICK HERE for consent forms and more information on the Forsyth County Schools website.

EVENT FLYER

food allergy statisticsAbout Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta supports families who manage food allergies, educates those who care for our children, and helps to create a safe environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta offers local meetings, trainings and events for Atlanta and Georgia communities. For more information, visit Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta website, Facebook page, email or call 404-512-7983.

http://www.foodallergykidsatl.org

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2013 in Forsyth County, GA

easter egg hunts in cumming, gaThere are many Easter egg hunt activities going on in and around Forsyth County, GA. Please comment and share if you know of any other events that are open to the public!

3/23 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta Allergy-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt– my daughter has food allergies, so I am posting this special toy-filled Easter egg hunt which is in Roswell, GA. Garrard Landing Park, Roswell, GA – Nestled on the beautiful Chattahoochee River! Please RSVP by email if you will be attending – you need to be a member of FAKA and membership is free. Volunteers are needed for the event.

3/23 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Concord Baptist Church – Easter Egg Hunt – 6905 Concord Rd, Cumming, GA 30028-8598 (770) 887-9482

3/30 – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Taste of Forsyth 2013 – Cumming Fairgrounds – Taste of Forsyth will be in full swing celebrating 10 years at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds.  Plan to sample from over 25 restaurants (price ranges from $1 – $4) with over 10,000 of your family and friends.  Located 40 miles North of Atlanta the Taste of Forsyth is a great community event with music, kid’s zone, local entertainment, touch-a-truck and much more.  Easter egg hunts by age group starting at 11:30 (ages 3 and under), 12:30 (ages 4-7) and 1:30 pm (ages 8-10).

3/30 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Avenue Forsyth – FREE Pictures with the Easter Bunny – Atlanta Diamond Design (next to Cheeky). Bring the whole family (and your own camera) for this FREE event.  We’ll have treats and crafts for the kids, as well at Atlanta Diamond Design. The Avenue Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway, suite 120 (next to Cheeky) For more info, call 770.751.9555.

3/30 12:30 pm Easter event fundraiser at Save The Horses. Here is the flyer. This is a fundraiser event and proceeds go towards helping the abused and injured horses. There will be Pony Rides, Hay Rides, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Easter Egg Hunt. It’s FREE for kids under 12, $5 per person for 13 yrs and older, pony rides are extra. Bring CASH. Please share this info with your friends and family! Save the Horses, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028.

3/30 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Christ Community Church – Easter Eggstravaganza and Health Fair. We’ll have egg hunts with 30,000 Candy Eggs. Admittance is free. We will have three Candy Egg Hunts (3 age groups) with Prizes, Inflatables, Safari Petting Zoo, Carnival Ride, Health Fair, Red Cross Blood Drive, Giveaways, food by Slopes BBQ, the Easter Bunny, and more!

3/30 – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Easter Egg Scramble – North Lanier Baptist Church – Off-site – Hutchinson Trace Subdivision Cumming, GA  30040. – Annual Community Egg Scramble and Carnival. A family fun event for the Church and Community. Easter egg scrambles, free cotton candy and popcorn, prizes and games!

3/30 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Swim Kids of GA – Egg-stra Cool UNDER THE SEA EGG HUNT! Grab a suit and towel and join us in the 90 degree HEATED POOL to spash around and grab some eggs!  We will be swimming for eggs starting at 4:00 and will be egg-hunting by age in small groups.  Parents of non-swimmers will need to suit up and join their child for some egg-citing fun in the pool! 1501 Redi Road, Cumming, GA.

3/31 – 9:45 am – 12:00 pm – Midway UMC – 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004 – Children’s Easter Egg Hunts.

EASTER EVENTS IN NORTH GEORGIA

3/30 and 3/31 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Easter Festival at North Georgia Zoo & Farm – Eggstravaganza and Rabbit Palooza, Come and search for Easter eggs! Learn more about all the different types of eggs there are and see a real live  green giant egg! Come visit our giant Rabbit display and petting area! Meet a variety of rabbit breeds  including the largest breed of rabbit in the world, and get your picture taken with a baby bunny! More info: (706) 348 – 7279

3/30 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Pine Isle Point, Lake Lanier Islands Golden Easter Egg Hunt – Our 3rd Annual Spring festival by the lake will showcase entertainment, as well as games, prizes, food, fun for kids of all ages, and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny. A classic Easter Egg Hunt – featuring more than 20,000 eggs and staggered by age groups to even the playing field – with the elusive Golden Egg filled with something even BETTER than candy! Visit www.LakeLanierIslands.com for more information.

Event Admission:  Free with Gate Fee ($10 per car) *Additional charges apply to food and kid zone activities.*

  • 11:00 am:  Toddlers
  • 12:00 pm:  Kindergarten – 2nd grade
  • 1:00 pm:  3rd Grade – 5th Grade 

*Please call ahead and check with all of these event hosts as they are subject to change.

Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 13 – 19, 2012.

Governor Deal and Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta families

Governor Deal and Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta families.

Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 13 – 19, 2012 in the state of Georgia. Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation on May 2, 2012 and the families of Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta had the honor of being there to watch him sign it.

My daughter was diagnosed at age two with a peanut and egg allergy. She is now five and will be starting kindergarten in the fall.

I am preparing now for keeping her safe at school and that requires advance meetings with teachers, lunchroom staff, bus drivers and creating a health care plan. I have concerns such as peanuts brought in to the school for Georgia day where they were eaten outside by the playground (the dust is dangerous and can cause anaphylaxis) as well as other concerns such as candygrams given to children and peanut butter used in projects. This is why it is very important to establish a team-based approach with your school and to communicate clearly what it is that you want for your child at school and writing it in a plan.

What is a Food Allergy?

Food Allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.

Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-causing food. Symptoms of a food allergy may include:

Rash or hives
Nausea
Stomach pain
Diarrhea
Itchy skin
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction)

Food Allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflict as many as 15 million Americans including almost 6 million children.

Children with food allergies: 1 in 13. That’s roughly two per classroom.

Emergency room visits caused by food-allergic reactions each year: 203,000. That’s one every three minutes.

Food allergies are life-altering for everyone involved — not just the kids (I know this from experience!)

Only eight foods account for 90% of the food-allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. And for those who may be unaware, even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction; there are no cures for food allergies.

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta

It is the second anniversary for Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals. Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta has a week of fun events scheduled for Food Allergy Awareness Week.  I am thankful for this wonderful group of people and their dedication to educating schools and restaurants to help keep our children safe.

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a food allergy, or you think they have symptoms of one, go to an allergist and then find a local community support group. My family and I have learned so much from the wonderful families and doctors and you really feel like you are not alone as you learn to navigate in this food-centric world.

Resources:

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta – local nonprofit in Atlanta

Food Allergy Statistics from FAAN, Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Food Allergies By The Numbers – FAI

Safe@School flyer – FAAN – Presentation for schools about food allergy management and the seriousness in food allergy reactions (up to 25% of first time reactions in children happen in school.)

Food Allergy Awareness Week – FAAN

Helpful Information and Documents – FAAN

The Balancing Act (video) – Food Allergy Awareness for Parents

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Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2012 in Forsyth County, GA.

There are many Easter egg hunt activities going on in and around Forsyth County, GA. Please comment and share if you know of any other events that are open to the public!

easter egg hunts in cumming ga3/24 – 10:00 am – Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta Allergy-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt– my daughter has food allergies, so I am posting this special Easter egg hunt which is in Roswell, GA. Garrard Landing Park, Roswell, GA – Nestled on the beautiful Chattahoochee River! Please RSVP by email if you will be attending – you need to be a member of FAKA and membership is free.

3/31 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Avenues Forsyth – Complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny! Complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny will take place in The Park near Coldwater Creek. Please bring your camera! The Avenue staff will also be available to take photos for The Avenue Facebook page and to assist you with taking photos with your camera.

3/31– 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt 7225 Castleberry Rd, Cumming, GA 30040. Food, Prizes and Fun!! Bring your Easter basket to hunt for lots of eggs…eggs filled with candy and prizes! Lunch will be served. Please feel free to call the church (770-889-2422) for more information or directions.

4/7 – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – Easter Egg Scramble and Carnival – North Lanier Baptist Church – 829 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA – Annual Community Egg Scramble and Carnival.

4/7 – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm – Taste of Forsyth – Cumming Fairgrounds – Taste of Forsyth will be in full swing celebrating 9 years on Saturday April 7 at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds.  Plan to sample from over 25 restaurants (price ranges from $1 – $4) with over 10,000 of your family and friends.  Located 40 miles North of Atlanta the Taste of Forsyth is a great community event with music, kid’s zone, local entertainment, touch-a-truck and much more.  This year the Taste of Forsyth falls on the day before Easter so what a perfect time to incorporate an egg hunt to complement the event!!  Easter egg hunts by age group starting at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 pm.

4/7 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Christ Community Church – Easter Eggstravaganza and Health Fair. We’ll have egg hunts with 30,000 Candy Eggs (for Toddlers, Pre-school, Elementary, High-School, AND College!), Giveaways, Inflatables, Games for all ages, Fun Stations, Food & more! Admittance is free. This year will be BIGGER than ever, with 30,000 CANDY EGGS, 3 egg hunts, a carnival ride, face painting, inflatables, spin art, petting zoo, family fun pack prizes, a health fair, PLUS a special delivery of eggs by the Easter Bunny via a HELICOPTER!

EASTER EVENTS IN NORTH GEORGIA

3/31 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Cabbage Patch Kids Easter Eggstravaganza – Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, GA.

3/31 and 4/1 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Easter Festival at North Georgia Zoo & Farm – Visit the Rabbit Palooza, Hunt for Eggs, ride a donkey, bottle feed baby goats, visit with baby chicks and ducks and more! Also open Wed. 4/7 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Easter Sunday 4/8 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. More info: (706) 348 – 7279

4/7 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Pine Isle Point, Lake Lanier Islands Golden Easter Egg Hunt – Our 2nd Annual Spring festival by the lake will showcase entertainment from our friends at KICKS 101.5 FM, as well as games, prizes, food, fun for kids of all ages, and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny. A classic Easter Egg Hunt – featuring more than 20,000 eggs and staggered by age groups to even the playing field – with the elusive Golden Egg filled with something even BETTER than candy! Visit www.LakeLanierIslands.com for more information.

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for September 30 – October 2, 2011

It has been a long week in our household. I am looking forward to the weekend! The weather is supposed to drop tomorrow with gusty winds, so be sure to get out those jackets and jeans!

Here is what’s happening in the area this weekend. If you know of anything fun going on in and around Forsyth County, GA, please comment and share with us!

Friday, September 30

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market  – lots of fun activities for the kids, fresh produce, unique crafts, musical entertainment and more!

6:30 pm – Catch Air – Autism Service Dog Fundraiser for Luceas Forester at Catch Air. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and 30 percent of admission and pizza sales are being donated to “A Boy and His Dog.” In addition, there will be a silent auction to support the cause. Follow them on facebook or visit their Web site for additional information.

Saturday, October 1

8:00 am – 7:00 pm – Pony rides, petting zoo, hayrides, pumpkins, inflatable slide, FAMILY FUN…… All available at Warbington Farms.

9:00 am – Atlanta Food Allergy Walk at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. Although this event is in Dunwoody, it is close to my heart. My daughter has food allergies and I wanted to share with other families in Forsyth County who may want to meet other families facing the same challenges. There will also be allergy-friendly vendors, inflatables, face painting and more. The FAAN Walk for Food Allergy brings together families and caring individuals who are dedicated to raising funds for food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research programs. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition afflicting 12 million Americans, including three million children. FAAN’s programs are vital to help others understand the severity of food allergy, and to provide families with strategies for food allergy management.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop – build a fire rescue helicopter! These workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Forsyth County offering free electronics recycling Oct. 1st. Forsyth County residents are invited to recycle electronics this Saturday, October 1. Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) will hold an electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 1, at the Cumming Fairgrounds’ parking lot 3 off of Castleberry Road.  Accepted items for recycling include computers, stereos, CD players, cell phones, microwaves, cameras and more. The minimum donation per carload for drop-off is $5 while an additional $10 fee will apply for all televisions.  Some items, such as large wooden console televisions, toaster ovens and refrigerators, will not be accepted during the event. For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, visit www.forsythco.com or call KFCB at 770.205.4573 for more details.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Market 334 Fall Festival– 334 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA – local artisans, food, gifts, music and much more. Check out our new local market and celebrate fall! Over 70 Vendors! ONE DAY ONLY!! Live Music, Great food, Unique Gifts, Fashion, Jewelry, Art, Home Decor, Pottery, Wood Turning, Pumpkins Galore and so much more!! Free Prizes all day long.

11:00 am – Barnes and Noble story time at The Avenues Forsyth – Join Barnes & Noble as they read a brand-new book by Shel Silverstein. We will have lots of fun activities and giveaways.

1:00 pm – Barnes and Noble special event! Join Barnes & Noble for a special American Girl event! They will have lots of fun activities. Come in and register to win Cecile and Marie-Grace. Winner will be announced October 6.

The Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announces the North Metro Light The Night Walk (LTN) on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Registration and festivities begin at 5 p.m. and the walk starts at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 2

2:00 pm FCPL Family Cinema movie at Hampton Park Library – Harriet is a sixth-grade spy who sneaks peeks on her neighbors, parents, and friends and then candidly details their lives in her spy book. Based on the book by Louise Fitzhugh. Rated PG; 101 minutes; 1996.

APPLE ORCHARDS/CORN MAZES/FARM FUN

It is the start of apple season and the orchards are opening!  Here is a directory of apple orchards and festivals in North Georgia. There are also corn mazes opening from Buford to Uncle Shuck’s to the North Georgia corn maze! Cagle’s Family Farm is also a fun-filled place to visit.

 

 

Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta is Set for October 1, 2011

Join us for the Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta on October 1. Money raised will help research food allergies and anaphylaxis of which there is currently no cure. There is also a blog about the walk. There will be lots of free fun family festivities after the walk in Dunwoody, GA as well. My four year old daughter has egg and peanut allergies. She has taught me about grace and compassion through our journey with food allergies. Through this walk and future walks, I hope that one day no child should ever have to worry about food being safe again.

Check-in for the Atlanta walk is at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. It’s a two-mile walk, and baby strollers and wagons are welcome. A DJ, moonwalk, games, sponsor exhibits, and more will be onsite.

If you can’t participate, you can support a walker (me), give directly to the walk site, or volunteer on Walk Day. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register online. Please note: All walk participants, including children and infants in strollers/wagons, must be registered.

Also, welcome Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. FA Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.

We are parents of food allergic children and advocates in our community, raising awareness on the importance of food allergy prevention and the seriousness in food allergy reactions.

Food Allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.

Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-causing food. Symptoms of a food allergy may include:

Rash or hives
Nausea
Stomach pain
Diarrhea
Itchy skin
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction)

Over 12 million Americans have food allergies (that’s 1 in 25), and many experts insist that number is increasing. Just as an example: the incidence of a peanut allergy in children doubled in a five-year period (1997-2002).

Food allergies are most common in kids under three, where the occurrence is now one in 17 children. (My child falls into that category.) Food allergies are life-altering for everyone involved — not just the kids (I know this from experience!).

Only eight foods account for 90% of the food-allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. And for those who may be unaware, even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction; there are no cures for food allergies.

Food Allergy Awareness Week May 8 – 14, 2011 in Georgia

Recently Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta met with Governor Nathan Deal as he signed a proclamation announcing May 8 – 14, 2011 as Food Allergy Awareness Week in the state of Georgia.

This topic is close to my heart as my youngest daughter has food allergies. Every day we talk about them as her four year old mind is still processing it all. As she gets older, it is harder for her to deal with since she is realizing that she is a little bit different. Parties, holidays, restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias and any other food place have all become danger zones.

Our family has had to learn to read labels, ask questions and educate friends, family and caregivers. Hopefully one day there will be a cure, but until then, we accept it as part of our daily life. I am comforted by my daughter’s grace and bravery and I could not be prouder of her.

In honor of this week, I created a Storify for families with newly diagnosed food allergies. Cumming Patch has a great story about Forsyth County Schools and food allergies as well. Great resources are Kids with Food Allergies and FAAN. A local bakery, LaCupcakerie, also provides allergy-friendly baked items, which I am very excited about! They are also having a cupcake drive this week for FAAW.

I am thankful for my daughter’s caregivers, teachers, friends and family and how all they work every day to protect her. I am also thankful for the new nonprofit Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta for giving us a community. It really does take a village!

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for 4/15 – 4/17, 2011

What a busy weekend we have in store! Lots of events as well as spring sports are back in gear. What are you planning?

Here’s a rundown of activities in and around Forsyth County, GA and a free restaurant special for moms if you are looking for something neat to do:

Special Cumming Local Offer This Week through 4/15:
Lucci’s Little Italy – Complimentary Mista (House) or Caesar Salad with added Chicken.  Note:  Salad will not be full dinner size portion but will larger than a side salad.  Available for Dine In Only.  Offer Available to Moms & Working Women.  No Purchase Necessary.  Just simply ask for it & tell them you heard about the offer from Cumming Local.

Saturday 4/16
9:00 am – Boulder Dash 5k Boulder Dash 5K Fitness Run/Walk and Corporate Challenge and the Lafarge Spring Fling, following the race.
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Electronics Recycling Event – Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot 3 – Bring your electronics to be recycled. The minimum donation per carload for drop-off is $5 while an additional $10 fee will apply for all televisions.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Hike for Hyde – Sawnee Preserve Park – Hike for Hyde and children afflicted with Atypical HUS. This event benefits the Foundation for Children with Atypical HUS (80%) and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (20%)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta Allergy Friendly Easter Egg Hunt – Alpharetta, GA – An Easter egg hunt that is safe for kids with food allergies!
11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Photos with the Easter Bunny at The Avenues Forsyth – complimentary pictures with the Easter Bunny.
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Avenues Forsyth
Events
4/16 Like horses? Check out the show at S&S Equestrian Stables. They are hosting a show for the Cherokee Chargers Horse 4-H Club this Saturday, April 16, to benefit 4-H’ers attending the State 4-H Show in Perry this June. It’s an Open Schooling Horse Show with Hunter/Jumper classes & Timed Events. Medals awarded 1st – 6th place! Champion & Reserve division awards. Door prizes all day long.

4/16 Don’t forget. Four Square Day is this Saturday, April 16th. Mia’s will be giving away $5.00 gift certificates to the first 15 people who check in on Four Square.
4/16 & 4/17 –  Bear on the Square Mountain Festival – Dahlonega – If you’re a fan of old-time, bluegrass and gospel music from the Southern Appalachian region, the 15th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., will be the place to be on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17.

4/18 week – Earth Week classes – Coal Mountain Recycling Center

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta’s Allergy-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt on April 16, 2011

Food allergies change the way you see the world, one meal at a time. Holidays can be especially tough for families with food allergies. If you are in Atlanta, you may know about Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. They are a wonderful nonprofit and they are hosting an allergy-friendly Easter Egg Hunt!

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta’s Allergy Friendly Easter-Egg Hunt
Join us for an exciting, safe and fun-filled day as FA Kids of Atlanta celebrates Easter!
Special Guest Appearance:
The Easter Bunny!
Events Include:
Toy Filled Easter-Egg Hunt
(Grouped by age and will begin at 10:15 a.m.)
Bouncy House
Professional “Real” Bunny Photos Available (packages starting at $20!)
And More!!!
In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all families, we ask that NO food is brought into this event. Bottled water will be provided!
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Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Scheduled professional photos will begin at 9:00 a.m.)
Location: Garrard Landing Park, Roswell, GA
8000 Holcombe Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, GA  30076
RSVP-ASAP: confirm@fakidsatl.org with number of children attending & ages
Enter the water plant building entrance and then turn left to enter the park drive. Landmarks include fountains & a blue topped playground.
For specific directions, follow this link:  Garrard Landing Park

*Please note* FA Kids of Atlanta did NOT reserve the playground & pavilion area for this event.  We have no control of foods that may be carried in by the public. The FA Kids of Atlanta food-free event location will be roped off in a separate area, located in the grass fields.

 

Join us at the Atlanta Food Allergy Walk on October 2 at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody, GA

Join us for the Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta on October 2. Money raised will help research food allergies and anaphylaxis of which there is currently no cure. There is also a blog about the walk. There will be lots of free fun family festivities after the walk in Dunwoody, GA as well.

I am walking for my sweet daughter Madeline.

Check-in for the Atlanta walk is at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. It’s a two-mile walk, and baby strollers and wagons are welcome. A DJ, moonwalk, games, sponsor exhibits, and more will be onsite.

Atlanta’s 2010 honorary chairs include:

If you can’t participate, you can support a walker (me), give directly to the walk site, or volunteer on Walk Day. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register online. Please note: All walk participants, including children and infants in strollers/wagons, must be registered.

You can also currently nominate a child to be FAAN’s 2011 National Child Ambassador. Each $10 vote for your child is a donation to FAAN.

Also, welcome Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. FA Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.

We are parents of food allergic children and advocates in our community, raising awareness on the importance of food allergy prevention and the seriousness in food allergy reactions.

Food Allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.

Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-causing food. Symptoms of a food allergy may include:

Rash or hives
Nausea
Stomach pain
Diarrhea
Itchy skin
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction)

There is no cure for food allergies.”

Food allergies are increasing.

“To successfully manage a food allergy, ones diet and lifestyle must change.”

About 12 million (1 in 25) Americans have a food allergy…children are the largest group affected.”

Peanut allergy in children doubled in a 5-year period from 1997-2002″

Teens account for almost half of food allergy fatalities.  Ages 10 thru 29 account for three quarters.”

Impact is broad:  family, friends, classmates, etc..”

Fear and anxiety are common among parents of children with food allergies. Parents live each day knowing that just one bite of the wrong food could cause a potentially fatalreaction

Together we can…….

Educate, Advocate, and Support

The above information was gathered from the following resources:
http://www.webmd.com/allergies/foods-allergy-intolerance
http://www.foodallergy.org/files/welcomingguests_2010.pdf
http://www.todayinot.com/ce/OT04/CoursePage/

Over 12 million Americans have food allergies (that’s 1 in 25), and many experts insist that number is increasing. Just as an example: the incidence of a peanut allergy in children doubled in a five-year period (1997-2002).

Food allergies are most common in kids under three, where the occurrence is now one in 17 children(My child falls into that category.) Food allergies are life-altering for everyoneinvolved — not just the kids (I know this from experience!).

Only eight foods account for 90% of the food-allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. And for those who may be unaware, even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction; there are no cures for food allergies.

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