Archive for ‘food allergy’

January 5th, 2011


by Amanda

If you were to share one thing about your condition – what would it be?

Inspired by Amy’s awesome Women’s Health discussion “One Thing” – we have a challenge for you to bring back to your communities and to your Twitter feeds.

Amy asked: “If you could share one thing, one morsel of women’s health wisdom, with the young women of our world what would it be?” The question inspired some pretty powerful responses and sparked an idea with a few of our Health Activists. What if everyone did this for their own health condition?

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August 10th, 2010

Health Activist Blog Carnival – July Wrap Up!

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Last month, we asked Health Activists to share their experiences and tips for traveling. =&0=& =&1=& Kelly (you may know her better as RA Warrior) shared her experiences driving to and from Mississippi last summer in her post, “Traveling with Chronic Illness/RA“. She talks about how traveling has changed since she was diagnosed, and wonders whether part of the reason we don’t see more people living with severe rheumatoid arthritis, “because people who are limited by RA don’t spend a lot of time traveling around in public places.” Be sure to check out Part 2 of her post, where she shares 20 fantastic travel tips for those living with chronic illnesses! In “Buckle Up, We’re Going on Vacation with Food Allergies“, Janeen describes how she prepares for family vacations – including everything from grocery lists to kitchen utensils necessary to prevent cross contamination. In addition to some tips about helpful online resources for finding food allergy friendly restaurants near your destination, there’s also a photograph of the final packing results that you won’t want to miss. Amy K‘s entry, “Health Activist, Will Travel

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July 7th, 2009

Spotlight Interview with Gabrielle Peterson (aka Peanut Free Mama)

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“I wanted to hear about real life scenarios instead of sterile advice from medical sites…I wanted the next mom who got the peanut allergy diagnosis to find me and know that it is going to be ok, really, truly it is.”

=&0=& Peanut Free Mama I’ve been blogging since 2002. I started a personal blog in 2002 at Gab’s House o’ Sass, then I started a blog for my daughter in 2004 which evolved into my current blog (where I devote most of my writing). =&1=& I manage the marketing department of a scientific publisher in Northern California. =&2=& When my daughter was diagnosed with a peanut allergy, I really felt that I absolutely had to live peanut and nut free as well. Partly as a sign of solidarity, but also I didn’t want to run the risk of causing a reaction by something I ate. So when I created a blog to document the journey we were on, “Peanut Free Mama” seemed like a natural choice. =&3=&
June 12th, 2009

Paid Focus Group (Online & Phone) for Seasonal Allergy Sufferers

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In our ongoing work to empower Health Activists, we are holding Community Insight Groups – online focus groups – for people who are active contributors to the online seasonal allergy community.

We are holding Insight Groups on Tuesday, June 23rd for people who suffer from seasonal allergies AND are active contributors or frequent visitors to health care communities. Insight groups will be held at noon and 6pm Eastern Time. All participants will receive a $25 gift certificate.

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June 12th, 2009

Seasonal Allergies Attack!

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Allergies are everywhere and WEGO Health is no exception! Since Spring sprung a few weeks ago – we’ve had a lot of great discussions and blog posts about itchy eyes, sneezing fits, and prevalent tissue piles.

Have you noticed that this year your seasonal allergies are worse than ever? You’re not alone. In fact, some say that this year seasonal allergies are at an all time high! Some say allergy attacks started a month earlier in 2009 than 2008!

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May 7th, 2009

Spotlight Interview: Jennifer B (Food Allergy Buzz/FAB Snacks)

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Spotlight on: Jennifer B

Blogging Since: I have been blogging for more than a year. My blogs include and On Twitter, I’m FoodAllergyBuzz.

Occupation: Owner of FAB Snacks, Inc (, a snack store specializing on food allergy friendly snacks.

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April 10th, 2009

Spotlight Interview: Ruth Smith

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About Ruth:  I spend most of my time on, but contribute when I can to my blog on sustainable living, crafting, and organic gardening at In a past life I was a Graphic Designer, now I’m a writer, artist, life learner, and most of all mother of two-which we all know is more than a full time job in and of itself. I’m also a bit of a serial volunteer. It’s important to me to be a part of and give back to my community. Aside for working in my children’s classrooms, I also work on annual PTO events, I’m on the board of our town garden club and am chairing the plant sale this year, I am a volunteer team leader for a local Asthma Allergy Foundation of America support group, and I’m coaching t-ball for the first time.
I’m a firm “pay it forward” believer. If I can make a difference for just one person or family then it is completely worth it for me.

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April 3rd, 2009

Spotlight Interview: Amy Leger from The Savvy Celiac

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Spotlight On: Amy Leger
Visit her at: The Savvy Celiac
Blogging Since: October 2008
Other Blogs: I blog about running on RunningMoms website, for moms (or any women) who are trying to fit running into their busy lives.
Occupation: Freelance writer/communications professional
Volunteer & Advocacy work: Volunteer for Raising our Celiac Kids, Volunteer singer at Grace Lutheran Church. I bothered (annoyed, pestered, worked with) my child’s school district enough during the 2007-2008 school year that they started a gluten-free menu for all children in the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota last October.

Once diagnosed, it’s okay to grieve, whether it’s you who was diagnosed, or your child. Take time to feel bad, but then pull up your bootstraps and get going with the gluten-free lifestyle change.

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March 4th, 2009

Podcast with Leslea Harmon

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I recently spoke with Leslea Harmon, founder of Allergy Ware and all around allergy guru about how it all started. In this clip, Leslea shares tips for new food allergy parents, talks about the benefits of using the web and how she balances it all.

This is the first installment of the WEGO Health podcast, so give it a listen and let us know what you think!  Details about subscribing to our podcast through iTunes are coming soon.

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