FAACT's Roundtable

FAACT's Roundtable

Presented in a welcoming format with interviews and open discussions, FAACT’s Roundtable podcast episodes cover all aspects of living with food allergies across the lifespan. You don't want to miss out, so subscribe, sit back, relax, and welcome FAACT into your homes!... Show More

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September 23, 2020 26 min

Thomas Silvera tragically lost his son, Elijah, to a food allergic reaction. Now, Thomas and his family are changing the lives of thousands of children with food allergies globally. We sit down with Thomas to learn about his family's latest endeavors and newest announcements.

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  • Elijah-Alavi Foundation
  • Elijah's Echo Ambassador Program
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    In this episode, we take a deep dive into how to achieve success using FAACT's new 'My Food Allergy Resilience Kit' with FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz. The kit conceptualizes resilience into a relatable concrete tool, which includes guidelines, colorful downloads, worksheets, and more. Parents will reach for this kit often and enjoy the simple activities to teach a lifelong resilience.

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    We’re speaking with inspirational author, advocate, and TV and radio personality, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, about how she uses her voice to impact others. Elizabeth, a FAACT Spokesperson, has penned a new children's food allergy book to support students with food allergies. She recently released a journal to inspire calm and self-discovery during these turbulent times.

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    Resilience won't take away problems, but resilient kids know how to tackle life's challenges, know when to say no, and don't define themselves by their problems. FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz, MA, School Psychology, shares how to foster these skills in your children in this episode.

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    In this episode, we explore diversity, equity, and inclusion with the founder of Living in Empathy, LLC, Erin Matthews, LCSW, and Nima Novak, MS, CCC-SLP, COO and co-facilitator of Living in Empathy, LLC. Erin and Nima offer a unique program which helps white people unpack whiteness while taking steps to authentic action. Each FAACT team member has participated in this program to enhance personal growth and to uplift FAACT's wo...

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    Professional coach, consultant and former television producer, Karen Palmer, explores change and how our mindset plays a role while sharing inspiring words of wisdom of hope for a better tomorrow. Ms. Palmer is also a parent of children with food allergies.

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    We explore how to hold productive conversations with elementary to college-aged children about Back-to-School while getting comfortable with uncertainty. FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz, MA School Psychology, provides practical and actionable tips that parents can start using right now, before school starts.

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    In this episode, Executive Chef Keith Norman, South Point Resort and Casino, candidly talks about managing food allergies from his unique perspective behind the stove. Chef Keith challenges us to ask our servers and food establishments not only about allergens, but what type of food allergen training have they experienced. 

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  • Dining Out - FAACT resource
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    We catch up with Lianne Mandelbaum, air travel food allergy advocate and Founder of the No Nut Traveler. Ms. Mandelbaum shares the latest news and a few shocking stories about passenger experiences with food allergies on airplanes including the impact of the "shame factor" of disclosing an allergen to an airline. 

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    Ep. 27: In this episode, we take a very straightforward and deep dive into the world of Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) with board-certified allergist, Dr. Brian Vickery, who also demystifies the new peanut food allergy drug named Palforzia. In this very candid discussion, listeners will discover information to help their own conversations with their doctors to determine if OIT might be an appropriate choice for their family.

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    Nationally certified school nurse, Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, whose commentary has been featured on CNN and the New York Times, and FAACT's General Council and Vice President of Civil Rights Advocacy, Amelia G. Smith, JD, discuss concerns, possible solutions and the rights of parents/caregivers of children with food allergies and/or asthma as parents tackle Back-To-School options.

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    Everyday we advocate for children with food allergies, but what do you do when a sector of your community needs your support? Emily Brown, Founder and CEO of Food Equality Initiative, sits down with us to discuss the new Seven Percent Fund and Coalition and how you can be part of the solution.

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  • Food Equality Initiative
  • An Open Letter to the Food Allergy Community from Emily Brown
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    Listening can be considered an art, but when you are a parent of a child with food allergies, listening becomes your most powerful tool. FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz, MA, explores how parents can learn active and mindful listening to create a safe environment for their teen to talk. 

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    In her usual warm and down-to-earth style, FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gerwirtz, MA, gives practical tips for teens to use to talk to their parents about stress, anxiety, or depression.

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  • Food Allergy Anxiety and Depression with Emery Gerwirtz - Podcast
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    In an open and sometimes vulnerable conversation, FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gerwirtz, MA, explores food allergy anxiety and depression. Learn about the differences and how it relates to food allergies, plus a few self-soothing techniques.

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    In this episode, we meet a sixth generation peanut farmer, Casey Cox, who returned home from college to help run the family farm. Not only is Casey a proud farmer, but she is proud of the peanut farmers' role in tackling the issue of peanut and food allergies with the National Peanut Board. Casey shares her personal story and the global support accomplished by her fellow farmers for the food allergy community.

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    Inspired by experience and an unwavering determination, Emily Brown, Founder and CEO of the Food Equality Initiative, explains how food allergies impact food insecure families. In 2014, the only food available to her family during a visit to a pantry was a mere two potatoes and one jar of salsa. Join us as we learn how to address this serious national issue.

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    Welcome to Part 2 with food allergy parent and attorney, Jill Mindlin, JD candidly shares her personal experience, stories and advice for families preparing their students to leave for college. She reviews her top five tips and explains the four most important documents to consider securing before your legally adult child heads to college (18 years and older), such as, a medical power of attorney. 

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    Food Allergy parent and attorney, Jill Mindlin, JD candidly shares her personal experience, stories and advice for families preparing their students to leave for college. She reviews her top five tips and explains the four most important documents to consider securing before your legally adult child heads to college (18 years and older), such as, a medical power of attorney. 

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    Keeping your family inspired and enjoying each other can feel overwhelming due the COVID-19 Pandemic. Renowned keynote and motivational speaker, and FAACT's Teen Retreat Keynote speaker and presenter, Curtis Zimmerman, shares his powerhouse tips for keeping his family connected and moving forward during these challenging times. 

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  • Curtis Zimmerman website, blog, podcast and materials
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