The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Launches College Network

Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:00pm EDT

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Find Contacts to Help Manage Food Allergies at College
FAIRFAX, Va.--(Business Wire)--
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) has launched the FAAN College
Network, a new web-based program that could change the way students with food
allergies choose where to go to college by providing information that makes
researching a potential school easier. 

Until now, prospective college students were left on their own to research
questions about food allergy management at each college or university. FAAN`s
College Network, www.faancollegenetwork.org, serves as a clearinghouse of
information enabling college-bound students to learn about different colleges`
approaches to food allergy management. They will also find contact information
for people who can best answer questions about how food allergies are addressed
at each college. 

Food allergy is a growing public health concern in the U.S., and teens are the
highest risk group for fatal, food-induced anaphylaxis. 

"The FAAN College Network empowers prospective college students to manage their
food allergies away from home," said Julia Bradsher, CEO of FAAN. 

The contacts in the FAAN College Network consist of Student Ambassadors, who are
current college students with food allergies, and College Representatives, who
work at a college or university and can help students manage their food
allergies at their school. 

"Having gone through this process several years ago, I can tell you that this
will be a very valuable tool for parents and students," said Lisa Punt, a parent
of a current college student with food allergies. "As we personally found out,
every college is different and you need someone to help guide you through what
to do and where to seek assistance." 

The FAAN College Network is one of many ways FAAN demonstrates its commitment to
food allergy awareness and education. For more information on food allergies,
visit www.foodallergy.org. 

ABOUT FAAN

Founded in 1991 by Anne Muñoz-Furlong, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
(FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially
fatal condition that afflicts approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of
every 25. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has members in
the U.S., Canada, and 58 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public
awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the
condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN
provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients,
their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the
food industry, and government officials. For more information, please visit FAAN
at www.foodallergy.org, www.faankids.org, and www.faanteen.org.

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
Jennifer Love
Marketing and Media Communications Manager
Direct: 703-563-3061
Cell: 301-639-4811
jlove@foodallergy.org

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