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5 Things You Need For Your Beach Day

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Tue 15, 2017

Summer is, of course, prime beach weather. It’s time to pack your beach bag and enjoy the sun, the sand, and the water. As tempting as it is to just drop everything and go, a little bit of preparation is important.  Before you head to the sandy shores, here are 5 essentials you need in order to stay safe and have a great time.

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Tags: celiac disease, Sunscreen, type 1 diabetes, food allergies, #beach, #beachsafety, #diabetessafety

Camping Food Safety: Food Safety Tips When Camping

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Jul, Thu 13, 2017

Summer is here, which means that it’s time to start planning your summer camping trip. Camping, along with other outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, are quite popular with Americans across the country. These activities allow you to escape into the beauty of nature. Whether you plan on setting out for a few hours or a few days, it is important that you take measures to ensure that the food you bring is handled properly.

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Tags: food allergies, camping safety, #camping, food safety

Halloween Safety for Kids with Food Allergies and Type 1 Diabetes!

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Tue 18, 2016

There’s nothing quite like late fall when the leaves are on the ground, fireplaces are lit, the air is a little crisp, and pretty much everything comes in pumpkin flavor. Seriously. Everything. I saw pumpkin-flavored Frosted Mini Wheats the other day.

Pumpkin-flavored or otherwise, autumn treats are everywhere, especially when it comes to Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. So let’s dive into our…

Five Halloween {Food} Safety Tips For Kids

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Tags: Halloween, T1D, food allergy safety, allergies, allergy, food allergy, type 1 diabetes, food allergies, t1 diabetes

Let's Talk About Food Allergy Bullying

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Tue 11, 2016

Bullying is a big topic in schools and the media alike. In my own little corner of the world, I know my daughter and I have to review and sign her elementary school’s anti-bullying policies and safeguards document every fall, as do all of the other kids and parents. Taking a few minutes to read over this document, discuss what bullying is and how it impacts people, remind kids of the consequences, and talk about constructive ways to help prevent bullying and support other kids is definitely worthwhile in my book. This last time, it actually led to a really interesting conversation with my 9-year-old 4th grader about how she perceives other kids, what she does in social settings when she feels bullied or sees that type of behavior.

The thing is, bullying isn’t only about social behavior and feelings, which are in and of themselves very serious issues. Bullying can be also physically dangerous, and this is highly apparent and concerning when kids have food allergies. According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc.), approximately, “...a third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied specifically because of their allergies.” Even worse, sometimes that bullying includes use of the food allergens themselves. FARE’s “It’s Not A Joke,” campaign features two stories from young men who, as kids, were threatened with allergen exposure as a form of bullying.

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Tags: food allergy medical id, allergy alert ids, food allergy, food allergies, food allergy medical alert bracelet, kids with food allergies, ALLERGY ALERT, food allergy bullying

The Scoop About Oral Allergy Syndrome

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jun, Wed 03, 2015

I’m allergic to stuff. If you follow the Lauren’s Hope Blog at all, you already know this, as I seem to talk about it ad nauseam. But allergies are a big deal! And as I mentioned recently, I’ve just been diagnosed with Oral Allergy Syndrome.

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Tags: food allergy medical id, food allergy, food allergies, adult-onset food allergies, DIAGNOSIS STORY, oral allergy syndrome, salicylate sensitivity, salicylate intolerance

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