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The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) promotes Food Allergy Book

December 6, 2012

BOISE, ID — The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) is pleased to be promoting The Food Allergy Book — What School Employees Need to Know, a publication of the NEA Health Information Network (NEA HIN), according to a press release.

food allergy bookThe booklet was funded in part with federal dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides information on what to do when a student is having a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction and explains how staffs can help prevent reactions in their schools, the release stated.

"We are enthused about this publication of the NEA HIN and are pleased to join them in raising awareness of food allergy in schools. This easy-to-read guide lays out a plan and examples for all to follow and concisely addresses an under-publicized area of concern for facility professionals and others," said Allen Rathey, president and founder of HFI.

According to the release, The Food Allergy Book explains what school employees need to know about food allergies and allergic reactions at school, including:

  • What are the most common foods that might trigger an allergic reaction?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction?
  • What is anaphylaxis?
  • What is the school employee's role in helping to manage food allergies in schools?

"Because food allergies pose serious threats to student health, NEA HIN worked with experts to produce The Food Allergy Book, and we appreciate HFI's dedication to publicize it. The information can assist educators in helping to prevent food allergy reactions at schools. We also should strengthen state and local policy to raise awareness and protect student health,” said Jerald Newberry, executive director of the NEA HIN.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.