Kicking off Food Allergy Awareness Month - May 2019
Toronto, ON, May 2, 2019 – Food Allergy Canada Ambassador Alex Tagliani visited Kimberley/Beaches Alternative School in Toronto on the morning of May 1st to help kick-off Food Allergy Awareness Month and promote allergy awareness. Alex, who has food allergies, shared his experience and tips on managing food allergy safely, as well as how to support students at risk of a serious reaction.
Together with the kids, Alex designed his 2019 NASCAR season opener #18 race car with team 22 Racing, which was onsite at the school. Alex will unveil this specially designed car to race fans at the first NASCAR Pinty’s Series race on May 19th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., where students will be invited to attend to see the race trackside.
“Food allergy is a very serious issue, but I approach it like I do a race – preparation, teamwork, and being careful,” said Alex. I was happy to meet the young students to answer their questions about food allergy and encouraging them to learn more and support their friends who may be at risk.”
Food allergies are a growing public health concern affecting more than 2.6 million Canadians. Given that even a small amount of an allergen, if ingested, could cause a serious allergic reaction and be potentially life-threatening, avoidance is the only means of staying safe. Public education, particularly for young people, is a key component of a strategy of safe and responsible food allergen management.
“We are excited to welcome Alex to our school to talk about food allergy and show his support for this important day-to-day issue,” said Kimberley Public/Beaches Alternative School Principal Lilian Hanson. “Our school strives to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all our students, and we were looking forward to hearing Alex’s inspiring message.”
“Having Alex talk about his allergies is a great way of reaching students directly, letting them know that food allergy is a serious issue, but one that can be managed safely with support from those around you, including their teachers and friends,” said Beatrice Povolo, Director of Advocacy & Media with Food Allergy Canada.