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posted: Thu, Sep 18th, 2014

Learning about food allergies

Students at Chester M. Stephens Elementary School recently learned about food allergies and their seriousness through song. Kyle Dine, a singer and songwriter afflicted with a number of food allergies, entertained students with educational songs, aided by puppet friends such as EpiMan and EpiMan Jr. He made two presentations to students in the school cafeteria, one for students in grades K-2 and another for students in grades 3-5.

“With the beginning of the school year, it was important to remind students just how serious food allergies really are and how sensitive their allergic classmates can be,” said CMS principal Kevin Moore. “Mr. Dine’s assembly presentations were fun, engaging, and informative. The kids just loved him.”

Mr. Dine – who is allergic to nuts, eggs, seafood, and mustard – made audience participation a key part of his presentations. In a quiz show format, students had a chance to show off their knowledge about the most common food allergies and the symptoms of allergic reactions. 

Mr. Dine has recorded two CD’s of original food allergy tunes. He performs regularly throughout the country and has been a guest at other Mount Olive schools in years past. You can find more information about him at www.kyledine.com

According to a study published in the spring by the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies among children have increased by more than 50% over 14 years. Approximately one in 20 children (5.1%) now have a food-related allergy; that averages out to be roughly one child in every elementary classroom in America.

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