Food Allergy Support Group

Posted April 18, 2011, at 10:28 p.m.

ROCKPORT — Food allergy is a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflicts one out of every 25 Americans. Eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions — milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. Some of these allergies may be outgrown, but others, such as allergies to peanut and shellfish, will remain lifelong afflictions. The diagnosis of a food allergy can be overwhelming, and living with food allergies often requires many personal adjustments and lifestyle changes.

In order to support the emotional, social and educational needs of food allergy sufferers, the Maine Food Allergy Group will meet monthly at the Picker Family Resource Center. The first meeting will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 25.

The group, which includes a medical adviser, welcomes individuals and their families who are affected by food allergies and would like to network with other food-allergic people and families. In addition to offering support, the group will work to raise community awareness and advocate for food-allergic people.

For more information, visit http://www.mainefoodallergygroup.com, email

Heather@Mainefoodallergygroup.com or call the Picker Center at 596-8950.

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