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11th Annual 'Food Allergy Awareness Week'
Date:4/7/2008

Trace Adkins Puts Spotlight on Friends Helping Friends

FAIRFAX, Va., April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Country music sensation Trace Adkins is once again joining with the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) for food allergy education. For the eleventh annual Food Allergy Awareness Week (FAAW), May 11-17, 2008, Trace Adkins and FAAN are launching a poster geared toward teens and focusing on friends helping friends.

Teens are the most at risk for fatal allergic reactions, and studies have shown that education of their friends would make living with a food allergy easier. Teens report that they want help educating others about food allergies, and Adkins is stepping up to help them.

"Get your game on - take charge of your food allergies, carry your medicine, and teach your friends so they have your back," says Adkins. He understands the effect food allergies can have on kids and their families. His daughter, Brianna, is one of the three million American children who have food allergies.

The poster is available for download from FAAN's website and will be distributed with FAAW materials. To download a poster or register for a packet of FAAW materials please visit http://www.foodallergy.org.

Food allergy is a growing public health concern in the U.S. Though reasons for this are poorly understood, the prevalence of food allergies appears to be on the rise.

"Studies are showing us that the teen years can be particularly risky for individuals with food allergies. Friends can help each other avoid risks, handle bullies, and stay safe. We are honored to have Trace Adkins on board to help educate and protect these teens," says Anne Munoz-Furlong, CEO and Founder of FAAN.

Leading up to Food Allergy Awareness Week and throughout the campaign, FAAN will work with its approximately 30,000 members to spearhead food allergy education and awaren
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