Event to raise awareness and provide education; As many as 15 million Americans suffer food allergies, including about six million children
WHAT: First “Food Allergy Walk” in the New Orleans area
WHO: Community members, food allergy companies, health professionals, businesses
WHEN: Sept. 15, 2012. Registration at 8:00 AM and walk at 9:30 AM. Event ends at noon.
WHERE: LaSalle Park – 6600 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70003
In a city known for its unique, diverse food, it’s hard to imagine that allergies can keep a person from enjoying certain dishes. On Saturday, September 15, 2012, the New Orleans area’s first Be A PAL Food Allergy Walk will debut at LaSalle Park in Metairie. The event, including a health fest, will support the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network’s mission to raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. with a one-mile walk starting at 9:30 am. Participants can also enjoy music, information and food, along with allergy-friendly samples and treats.
More than 75% of people have some kind of food sensitivity, yet many are unaware of the possible life-threatening dangers food allergies can present.Discovering and dealing with a food allergy is the natural cure for nagging and long-term health issues. Over 90% of food reactions in the United States stem from allergies to milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts), shellfish (e.g., shrimp, crab, lobster), and fish (e.g., tuna, salmon, catfish).
Individuals, families, community groups, businesses and anyone else interested in this family-friendly event can sign up at www.beapalnola.com. Registration is $15 per person through August 19th and includes a t-shirt. Registration after August 19th is $20.00 per person, although t-shirts may not be available. All profits from this event will be donated to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network .