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"So obviously, this is an issue that affects more than just the families of those with allergies. It affects school rooms, sports teams, carpools, scouting groups, and summer camps," she points out. Nut allergies are such a major nationwide concern that, in 2011, the US Congress passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, to shift the focus from response to prevention. Fortunately, some local communities didn't need to hear from Congress for motivation to act on the nut allergy problem. It's a critical matter that Wellesley schools, for example, are already ahead of. And other members of the Wellesley and Weston community are actively involved in change for the better that includes solutions pleasing to both the allergy-affected, as well as those who aren't. Safety, In A Nutshell "All of the departments in the Wellesley school system, from the physi- cal education department to food services, are working towards the same goal: keeping kids safe and educating parents on safety, whether it's internet safety, but also food safety," says Matt Delaney, the food service director of Wellesley Public Schools. Delaney is a member of the school district's "Wellness Committee" that gets together quarterly. The committee includes a variety of school departments, faculty, and students, and also incorporates repre- sentatives from the Wellesley Board of Health and police department. The group irons out issues on health and well being on many levels, food being one of them. "We have worked very hard with our food service suppliers and chefs to come up with creative recipes for entrees, and we've been fitness & health "keeping kids safe" 138 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 "After becoming parents to a child with a nut allergy, we were surprised there weren't readily available snack solutions, especially in such a branded society where there are even vitamins in water." – P e t e r N a j a r i a n , C o - f o u n d e r, S k e e t e r N u t F r e e s n a c k s C O U R T E S Y O F S K E E T E R N U T F R E E S N A C K S 138-140_WWMb14_fitness_allergies_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 5:32 PM Page 138

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