Get Acrobat Reader  National_Poll_on_Children_s_Health.pdf  
Are schools doing enough for food-allergic kids? Report from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, and the University of Michigan Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit (May 11, 2009)

Study: Kids Often Misdiagnosed with Food Allergies
Many children with allergies and eczema are often misdiagnosed as having food allergies, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference in Washington, D.C.

Experiment Takes a Bite Out of Peanut Allergies
(The Associated Press -- March 15, 2009)   Scientists have the first evidence that life-threatening peanut allergies may be cured one day.

Food Allergy Speakers Bureau
The Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota (FASGMN) understands the unique challenges that schools (and parents) face as they strive to meet the needs of an increasing number of food-allergic students. In an effort to support those ventures, FASGMN has created a Speakers Bureau.

Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota
AFAA (the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota) offers trained speakers to schools and conferences, printed material, an annual conference (with CEUs available for teachers and nurses), a free e-newsletter, activities for food allergic families, and more.

Food Allergies in Schools
Free Webinars.
The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with USDA is offering three free archived webinars on food allergy management in schools.  The webinar topics are:
  • Understanding the Fundamentals
  • Developing Policy
  • Implementing Policy
Each webinar (approximately 75 minutes each) can be viewed independently.  The series, moderated by U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Specialist, Jeannie Sneed, offers 1 CEU to SNF members.

Parents and Schools Step Up for Food Allergic Kids
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds one-quarter of parents know a child with a life-threatening food allergy, most not bothered by special accommodations.

Excerpt from University of Michigan Health System Newsroom ANN ARBOR, Mich.—According to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, three percent of households in the United States is affected by a life-threatening food allergy, yet little is know about the experiences of average families related to food allergies; what schools are doing to manage the problem, or how accepting parents are of the special accommodations schools must make to protect food-allergic children.

Mission: The Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association is dedicated to promoting and improving education for children and youth, strengthening the role as educational leader for elementary and middle level principals, and collaborating with partners in education to assist in achieving these goals.

Leading schools toward excellence through the MESPA vision to be the premiere resource for preparing today's principals for tomorrow and a strong leading voice for public education.

Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association
1667 North Snelling Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
651.999.7310     MN toll free 800.642.6807    
Fax: 651.999.7311     E-mail: