Leaving the Nest: Helping Young Adults with Food Allergies Thrive

Monday, October 10
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location:
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 170753

Description

Approximately 32 million Americans suffer from food allergy, and an alarming one in five Americans has a health condition related to food, ranging from disruptive sensitivities to life-threatening allergic reactions that can send them to the emergency room. Moreover, about 10% of adults in the U.S. have a food allergy, and research shows young adults are more likely to adopt risky behaviors and experience food-induced anaphylaxis. This session will identify ways to support these young adults as they prepare to leave the nest and enter college and the workplace for the first time. In addition, new and emerging research will be reviewed on allergen exposure and risk, and social-psychological concerns specific to young adults. Practical tools will also be shared to help RDNs become premier food allergy educators. The goal is to help young adults with food-health conditions thrive in a world where food plays many roles from nourishment to reflecting cultural and personal identity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe prevalence and impact of food allergy among young adults
  • Identify barriers to food allergy management and safety strategies
  • Outline three ways RDNs can help young adults thrive with food allergies

Performance Indicators:

  • 3.3.3 Advocates for access to health and nutrition services.
  • 8.1.2 Integrates knowledge of biological, physical, and social sciences with knowledge of food and nutrition to make decisions related to nutrition care.
  • 7.2.6 Identifies and implements risk management and environmental safety principles to enhance public safety and reduce risk to self, staff, clients/patients, public and organizations.

    Moderator(s)

  • Leaving the Nest: Helping Young Adults with Food Allergies Thrive -

    Cecily Martinez, MS, RD, LDN

    Campus Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

    University of Chicago Dining

  • Speaker(s)

  • Leaving the Nest: Helping Young Adults with Food Allergies Thrive -

    Lisa Carlson, MS, RDN, LDN

    Campus Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

    Northwestern University Dining – Chartwells Higher Education

  • Leaving the Nest: Helping Young Adults with Food Allergies Thrive -

    Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH

    Director

    Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR), Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine; Smith Child Health Research Outreach and Advocacy Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago