The Willow School, like a number of other significant institutions and landmarks, is shining a light on food allergies for Food Allergy Awareness Week through Turn it Teal, an organization dedicated to lighting sites in the signature color of food allergy awareness during this week.
From May 16-18, The Willow School signs and Farmhouse will be lit in teal. This is a great opportunity to raise food allergy awareness and support people who deal with allergies every day, including Willow students.
Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 13-19, is a national awareness campaign to educate, advocate, and unite in support of Americans affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.
“The food allergy epidemic shows no signs of abating,” said James R. Baker, Jr M.D., CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). “We must change the conversation surrounding food allergy. This means coming together to shine a light on food allergy as a serious public health issue, educate others about how they can help those with food allergies stay safe, and advocate on behalf of the food allergy community.”
“Shine a Light” on food allergy awareness is an extension of Willow’s commitment to creating an inclusive, healthy environment for all children, including those with food allergies. The Willow School has embraced an allergy-conscious approach since the early 2000s. Willow is a nut-free school, and our lunch program accommodates a number of food sensitivities, from gluten- and dairy-free to vegetarian diets and more.
“Our approach to managing food allergies here at Willow is to educate, advocate, and raise awareness for all individuals and families affected by food allergies,” said Willow’s school nurse Melisa Sussex. “‘Turning it Teal’ is a reflection of Willow’s mission and our virtues. Virtues like compassion and respect are incorporated into each day at Willow to create an environment in which all students with food allergies feel safe and included. It is wonderful to be a part of a community that continues to create opportunities to showcase our dedication to supporting students and community members with food allergies.”