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MONITORING A CHILD WITH SEVERE FOOD ALLERGIES Food Allergies Definition

Food allergies are the body's abnormal responses to harmless foods; the reactions are caused by the immune system's reaction to some food proteins.
 IS no easy task. Monitoring hundreds of such children within a district of 30,000 students is even harder. This is why Colorado Springs (Colo.) School District 11 adopted a new software system from a local provider this past fall that details the ingredients of every meal served at every school. The program, AllerSchool, not only allows parents of students with severe allergies to log in and request special meals for their children, but it also allows students and faculty members who may have less severe allergies or food sensitivities to view the ingredients. According to Jamie Humphrey, administrative dietician dietician Nutritionist A health professional with specialized training in diet and nutrition  for District 11, the program has done wonders to alleviate food services food services Hospital services A 24/7 department in a hospital that provides for the nutritional needs of inpatients–eg, those needing special diets, preparing meals and transporting them to the floor and, through the cafeteria, the hospital staff and  paperwork, reduce phone calls from concerned parents, and promote inclusion in the cafeteria.

Upon logging into AllerSchool, users can choose which school in the district they are eating at and then pick what foods they want to avoid. The menus are listed in great detail, displaying not only common food triggers such as nuts, dairy, meat and gluten, but also items such as spices, beans, seeds and high-fructose corn syrup.

AllerSchool was created by a Denver-based company, Gipsee, which has a similar program for restaurants. Its founder, Dilip Chopra, has a daughter with food allergies and wanted to help students feel included in the socialization socialization /so·cial·iza·tion/ (so?shal-i-za´shun) the process by which society integrates the individual and the individual learns to behave in socially acceptable ways.

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 of the cafeteria. "It gives them a sense of normalcy," says Chopra. "It also gives piece of mind to parents who have never felt comfortable with their child eating at school."

After paying a $1,000 startup fee, which includes training and input of much of the student data and recipes, districts generally pay $10 per month. AllerSchool is being introduced in other Colorado districts and in districts in Illinois.
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Author:Herbert, Marion
Publication:District Administration
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Date:Apr 1, 2012
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