WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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136 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 chances are, you know a youngster with a nut allergy. If it's not your own child, it's your child's friend, classmate, bus buddy, or cousin. Tree nut allergies — which at their worst can be life threatening — have far-reaching effects on children, their families, and the community at large. Just consider that the prevalence of nut allergies in children has risen over 400 percent in the last 15 years, and is the most common, fastest-growing allergy around. "When a child has a nut allergy, it completely changes the family's lifestyle," says Peter Najarian, whose 14-year-old daughter Abby has been affected by a nut allergy since she was three years old. "It changes kids and families' lives meaningfully, in terms of always having to bring along separate snacks and an EpiPen® (epinephrine). For example, often at the end of team sports events, food is handed out, and we don't always know if it's safe." Tree nuts come in different varieties including walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, and almonds. While a canister of cashews is an obvious nonstarter for those affected by nut allergies, it's not always obvious that nuts can be found in other foods like cereals, crackers, cookies, energy bars, and frozen desserts. "All parents are probably familiar with the letter that is sent home during the first week of school every September, pertaining to the allergies their child's classmates have, and what foods can be dangerous to bring into the classroom," says Alix Keating, a mother of two elementary school-aged children in Weston. wellness vitality condition strengthen nutrition diet stamina Nut Allergies Epidemic Numbers, Epic Response C H E R Y L B A L I A N S C A PA R R O T TA writer fitness & health M E D I A B A K E R Y 138-140_WWMb14_fitness_allergies_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 5:32 PM Page 136

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