The Food Allergy Initiative of Connecticut will present a seminar, "Teens Helping Teens" on Thursday, May 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the New Canaan Public Library, 151 Main Street.

Scott Sicherer, M.D., of Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, a world-renowned physician, researcher and author, will facilitate a teen forum. Teens, pre-teens, parents, teachers, school nurses, and anyone interested in learning more about managing food allergies as a teen is welcome to attend. A question-and-answer session will conclude the program. For more information or to RSVP, contact Helen Jaffe, or Liz Berry, .

Food allergies are a significant and growing public health problem, affecting up to 15 million Americans. That includes 5.9 million children -- two in every classroom. Teens and young adults are at especially high risk for life-threatening reactions. There is no cure, and no medication can prevent anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal reaction. Every three minutes, food allergies send an American to the emergency room. Eight foods are responsible for 90 percent of all reactions: peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. Although researchers are developing promising new therapies, strict avoidance of problem foods remains the only way to stay safe.

The Food Allergy Initiative is the world's largest source of private funding for food allergy research. FAI's mission is to fund research that seeks a cure; to improve diagnosis and treatment; to increase federal funding of food allergy research and to create safer environments through advocacy; and to raise awareness through education. Founded in 1998 by concerned parents and grandparents, FAI has committed more than $75 million toward the fulfillment of its mission. FAI is headquartered in New York, with an office in the Chicago area and an active volunteer committee in the Northwest, and enjoys strong relationships with food allergy support groups and advocates nationwide. A national nonprofit organization, FAI is supported solely by donations from dedicated individuals, corporations, and foundations. For more information, visit or contact 855-FAI-6904 or

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