May 23, 2014 at 2:00 AM
SPARTA, NJ- Sparta Middle School held a Walk-a-thon for Food Allergy Awareness on May 15. For the past month, students from Lori Cresbaugh's physical education classes have been studying food allergies. To increase awareness with students and staff they created posters of different types of food allergies and placed them around the school.
The posters included signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, how to help a friend if they are experiencing a reaction, and what types of treatments should be used.
Additionally, the students collected donations to be given to Food Allergy Research and Education. FARE works on the behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.
This potentially deadly disease affects one in 13 children in the United States, or roughly two in every classroom. FARE's mission is to find a cure for food allergies and to keep individuals with food allergies safe and included.
The school nurse, Lillian Farrell, was also on hand to answer questions and to demonstrate the use an Epi-pen.