Food Allergies and the Use of Non-Food Incentives in School and at Home

The CDC’s Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Programs recommends the “use of non-food incentives for prizes, gifts, and awards.” This practice is also recommended by the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and other health organizations. Shifting to non-food incentives at home and at school can help ease parent anxiety and the subsequent chance of accidental exposure to allergens for children with food allergies.

The Kids with Food Allergies Foundation has shared a helpful handout listing no-cost and low-cost rewards. It also includes “rewards from the heart” and “activity-based rewards.”  You can view the 2-page compilation and learn more by clicking here. You might want to consider sharing this information with grandparents, teachers, friends and administrators.

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Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community.

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