Welcome to the MOCHA Fall 2021 ENews!
A Message to Our MOCHA Friends:
It’s FALL!...and MOCHA is sending you LOVE…or a List OVirtual Events. You know us…we (or at lease Denise!) just loves those acronyms. 

We try to include as many new links as possible to help you get the information that you need. Please also check out our newly updated website and HELPFUL LINKS page.

Additionally, all of our past ENews and MOCHA Talks are there as well. So don’t worry if you missed it in your inbox…we got you covered!

If you have a suggestion or recommendation please email us! We also try to post on our FB every week.

As always, STAY SAFE!

Denise, Anne and the MOCHA Interns
Allergic Living
EpiPen Suit Update: Where It Stands and What It Means for Consumers

In late July, a U.S. District Court judge granted preliminary approval of a $345 million settlement agreement with Pfizer Inc. and its subsidiaries in the class action lawsuit involving the lifesaving EpiPen. Anyone who “paid or provided reimbursement for some or all of the purchase price of branded or authorized generic EpiPens for the purpose of consumption” during August 24, 2011 to November 1, 2020 is eligible to file a claim for settlement benefits, according to court documents. The final deadline to submit a claim is November 12.

August ENEWS

The newest edition fo the Allergic Living ENEWS is very informative. It includes articles on back to school, best colleges for food allergies, and more.
Allergy Amulet
The Allergy Amulet is small but mighty. Store it in a backpack, carry it on your keychain, or wear it around your neck. The sleek and portable design allows users to savor life’s important moments, safely and simply.
Allergy Awesomeness

Check out the latest recipe for gluten and dairy free frito taco salad. It's free of: gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. A delicious meal safe for all.

Allergy Force Newsletter
When we come together as community, there's no limit to what we can accomplish. Together. May—awareness month for food allergy, asthma and celiac disease—has been non-stop 'best of' in education, advocacy, honoring loved ones, building & bridge lightings, and product showcasing. Sharing some 'best of' that will lift you up while you learn.
Watch the 2021 EOS Connection Patient Education Conference on-demand. By registering for the event you can watch recordings of the 22 topic-specific sessions, including in Q&A with select speakers and learn about resources, products, services from APFED.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
September Asthma Epidemic: Help the People With Asthma in Your Care Avoid Asthma Attacks
Asthma is the #1 reason children miss time from school, so staying healthy means more time learning. For parents and caregivers, staying healthy means less time spent missing work or using sick days to take care of family members. It’s not too late to get everyone off to a healthier start this school year!
Little Airways, Big Voices
Join us online on September 20, 2021, to share your story during an externally-led patient-focused drug development meeting about asthma in childhood.
Camp Blue Spruce
Are you looking for opportunities to connect and build community with kids and teens living with food allergies? Join Camp Blue Spruce for a variety of virtual programs this fall!
Visit www.campbluespruce.org to learn more or Register directly HERE 

Our programs create intentional space for connection, community, and trying new things and offer a range of experiences such as casual conversation, guided small group discussion, and cooking with professional allergy chefs! Find a program that best fits you below. 

Please join us virtually for a 3-hour mini-conference for kids and adults. This conference will highlight key topics around food allergy and related conditions.
Saturday October 2, 2021
Dr. Ruchi Gupta just published a new book that does a deep dive into food allergies and similar conditions. Food without Fear is a must-buy to learn more about all aspects of food allergies!
Check out "The Hidden Hero: How a Girl with Food Allergies Discovered Her Power" by Riya Miglani and Riya Jain! The Hidden Hero is a book that empowers young kids who may feel like they are different. It implements the idea that being unique is their superpower. Order your book here!
FAACT Support Group Leadership Summit 2021 is a COMPLIMENTARY, two-day event dedicated to building collaborative communities that share a passion for raising awareness and preparedness of people with life-threatening allergies. This year's Summit will be virtual due to COVID-19.
Wednesday and Thursday September 22-23rd.
FAACT just released a new podcast episode relating to back-to-school readiness for fall 2021.
FARE: Food Allergy Research and Education
About FARE

FARE spreads awareness about food allergies-- a public health issue that affects schools, businesses, and communities. They work hard to ensure that every dollar they raise advances the mission: improving life and health for 32 million Americans with food allergies and providing hope for the promise of new treatments.

There are many upcoming events through FARE. Many of them focus on teenagers and back-to-school. Check out the list below!
Webinar: Back to School: Managing the Social & Emotional Effects of Food Allergies in the time of COVID

Contains Courage Research Retreat:
Mon. 10/18-20/2021

College Food Service Summit
Tues. 11/2-4/2021

Keep Students With Food Allergy Safe During the Pandemic
Get the latest COVID-19 guidance for schools, learn how children might describe a reaction when masking can hide oral symptoms, keep up-to-date on school masking policies in your state, and much more. Check out the COVID-19 section of FARE's Back-to-School Resource Hub.
FARE Boards
FARE is governed by an operating board known as the Board of Directors. FARE introduced two non-voting boards, the Board of Governors and the Board of National Ambassadors, to better position FARE to rapidly respond to the evolving landscape of food allergy and support the organization's growth.

For more board information, contact Michael Trager at mtrager@foodallergy.org.
Food Equality Initiative

Food Is Medicine
“Medicine has taken a new definition,” says Jodi Shroba, APRN, Clinical Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital.The Food Equality Initiative interviewed 3 medical professionals and they all agree that food is medicine. Read all about it and what it means for food allergies, celiac disease, and EoE in their recent article.
In each of our Fall Community Events, Latitude co-founders will provide an overview of food allergy basics and share tips to help navigate life with food allergies. Learn about heading back to school with food allergies, early food introduction for babies, and holiday season challenges. Hope you can join us for these free events!
Food Allergy Prevention for Babies
October 26, 2021, 1:00 pm 
Register Here
Navigating the Holidays with Food Allergies
November 10, 2021, 7:30 pm
Register Here
Lurie Children's FASE Events

Food Allergy Support and Education (FASE) Program educates and supports our patients and families affected by food protein-induced immune disorders. We focus in particular on patients and families affected by IgE-mediated food allergy, but also food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) and eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).

We aim to help patients and their families gain a more complete understanding of food allergy, and how they can live successfully despite it.  
Allergy Explained -- basics, Back to School, & Beyond
This video provides an in-depth explanation of many of the different aspects of food allergies/ the experience of those food allergies. The video explores the signs of anaphylaxis to how to read food labels and so much more!
Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa and join us for some episodes of "MOCHA Talk", a new series from FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)!

In this series, you'll hear from incredible food allergy guests (including Denise Bunning, founder of MOCHA!) as they discuss monthly allergy topics.
Spokin's 50 Top Rated Allergy-Friendly Colleges

The 50 most allergy-friendly colleges for 2021 have been ranked. The Spokin guide features the colleges reviewed by Spokin app users. Just in time for college touring, the Spokin app has reviews for hundreds of colleges. Congrats to the number 1 rated Cornell University!
Intern Intersection
Intern Intersection was created by Julia Auerbach, Ryan Smith, Susan Tatelli, Pranav Bajaj, and John Kosner.
Susan Tatelli
  • College Sophomore (19 years old)
  • University and Major: College of William & Mary, Education and Hispanic Studies
  • Allergic to peanuts, hazelnuts, soy

You can connect with me on Spokin @susan_tatelli or email at susan@tatelli.com
My three favorite “safe restaurants for me” are:
Maggiano's, Qdoba, and Zupas!

My two favorite memories of the summer are:
Working at summer camp and redecorating my room.

For fall I’m really looking forward to... returning to William & Mary and dressing up for Halloween with my friends!
Julia Auerbach
  • College Freshman (18 years old)
  • Northwestern University
  • Celiac Disease

You can connect with me on email at julia.auerbach@yahoo.com
My three favorite “safe restaurants for me” are:

Summer House Santa Monica, Sai Cafe, and Defloured Bakery

My two favorite memories of the summer are:

Going to LA with my dad and my high school graduation!

For fall I’m really looking forward to...
moving on to campus and meeting new friends!
Pranav Bajaj
  • College Sophomore (19 years old)
  • University and Major: Northwestern University, Pre-med and Economics
  • Multiple food allergies

You can connect with me on email at pranavbajaj2023@u.northwestern.edu
My three favorite “safe restaurants for me” are:

Chipotle, Pita Inn, and Boston Fish Market.

My two favorite memories of the summer are:

Going to see the western and southern open with family and playing tons of golf with my friends.

For fall I’m really looking forward to...
Getting back on campus to see my friends and start taking some in-person classes!
Ryan Smith
  • College Freshman (18 years old)
  • University and Major: Washington University in St.Louis, Global Health
  • Allergic to tree nuts

You can connect with me on email at ryanskate29@gmail.com
My three favorite “safe restaurants for me” are:

Brightwok, DiPescara, and Greenwood.

My two favorite memories of the summer are:

Going to Park City with my family and having movie nights with my friends.

For fall I’m really looking forward to...
starting my freshmen year at WashU and meeting new friends!
John Kosner
  • College Senior (22 years old)
  • University and Major: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame

You can contact with me on Spokin: johnkoz92 or email jkosner2@illinois.edu
My three favorite “safe restaurants for me” are:

Woow, Chipotle, and The Chew Chew

My two favorite memories of the summer are:

Going on as many hikes as possible and spending time with my family. (Especially my dog)

For fall I’m really looking forward to...
My volunteering with a community health center, seeing friends, and being back in person!
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