I wanted to help spread the word about this group and its related blog, Allergy Life in Loudoun. Maria Hardy of Lovettsville started the blog in August 2007 to promote healthier living strategies for children and families managing food allergies in Loudoun County. She was inspired to do so because her daughter has life-threatening allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and garlic, as well as mild allergies to soy and wheat.
Her blog lends insight for parents whose kids don’t have any or severe allergies, and who might not realize how serious the situation is for kids who do. What’s most probably most helpful for parents with kids who have allergies are her posts about local restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores and the like, and whether their products are truly allergen-free.
The group also has a Web site, www.loudounallergynetwork.org, where you can read about members’ experiences at local restaurants, find allergen-free recipes and more. To read the forums or use the chat room, you’ll have to sign up, but it’s free.
If you’d like to meet them in person, the next Loudoun Allergy Network meeting will take place at 7 p.m. May 14 at Selden’s Landing Elementary School Library in Lansdowne.
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