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Use Caution When Feeding People With Allergies

The schedules for our Walk a Weigh Programs next week: the Coffeeville High School Walk a Weigh class will meet on Monday, February 27 at 3:45 p.m. in the high school Auditorium.  The First Baptist Church Walk a Weigh Class will meet on Tuesday, February 28, at 5 p.m. at the church’s Life Center in Coffeeville.  If you are interested in learning more about this program or being added to the list for the next series please contact me at the Extension Office at 675-2730.

Also remember our Healthy You exercise classes are free and continue meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 until 9:45 a.m. Make sure that you wear cool, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water.

The Crochet MHV Club will meet at the Extension office on Thursday, March 2, at 10 a.m.  At noon they will have a potluck lunch.  

Sewing for Service will meet on Monday, March 6 at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office. They will continue working on pillowcase dresses for Operation Christ-mas Child. If you can sew and like to help others, this is the perfect group for you! 

Feeding People with Allergies: Avoiding 


It seems now that everywhere you turn someone has a food allergy or an intolerance to some sort of food.  Feeding people with food allergies or intolerances can be tricky.  Here are a few tips to help you in this task.

An allergy happens when a person’s immune system reacts to proteins in food. Major allergy foods include: eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts), soybeans, milk, fish, and crustacean shellfish. Something to remember about allergies is that cooking a food does not reduce or eliminate the chances of a reaction.

A food intolerance is when someone’s body can’t digest certain chemicals properly. Common intolerances involve lactose and gluten. These usually result in vomiting, nausea, cramps, and diarrhea. People with Celiac disease can have long-term problems when they consume even small amounts of gluten.

It’s really hard to please everyone, but be very careful to show special concern to those with allergies that could really result in major reactions, including a rash, hives, breathing problems, cardiac arrest, and maybe even death. This is not something that you should brush off or ignore. Sometimes it’s even hard to trust that people with these allergies won’t eat the wrong foods.

How do you handle a situation like this? First, You can ask each person or family to bring something that they knew they could eat. That way, everyone had at least something.

Another key is to watch out for cross contact. What’s cross contact?  This is when the allergy food is inadvertently put in contact with a non-allergy food. Just a fork or spoon being transferred from one food to another may put enough of the allergy protein in the second food that could cause a problem for the person with the allergy. This could be something as simple as mixing food with fingers, on counter tops, in serving spoons, frying pans, dishes, or even “double dipping” a chip or cracker touching one food and then another. 

So, pay attention to these details at your next family gathering or party.  And you will become much more aware of these allergies and food intolerances. This is something for everyone to think about when groups get together to eat. Be careful at buffet lines and pot-luck dinners some people have been good to share recipes and add signs if there is a known “allergy food” in the dish, but it’s also good for people to be concerned about that cross contact, too. 

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