U-M joins the MHWFAC in support of students with food allergies

January 30, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Michigan Medicine News

The U-M Office of the President has joined forces with the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center (MHWFAC) in its quest to improve the lives of individuals with food allergies.

Under the direction of James Baker, M.D., director of the MHWFAC, and Royster Harper, vice president for student life, U-M will initiate a program to help students with food allergies. Two areas of Student Life, Michigan Dining and University Housing, are taking a number of specific steps to assure safety and improve the daily life of food-allergic students.

Michigan Dining will be placing epinephrine auto-injectors into all dining facilities as well as on all public safety vehicles. In addition, training on the use of these devices will be initiated for dining room personnel and for all public safety officers.

Michigan Dining has already taken remarkable actions to improve food labeling and content for individuals with food allergies. The Michigan Dining website has full food content and menus from all the dining halls across campus. This facilitates meal choices by students with specific dietary needs, including food allergies.

Changes are also being made by University Housing. All students who have a food allergy that they identify on their housing request will be assured that they have a roommate who understands the need to avoid specific foods in the presence of an individual with a food allergy.

In addition, all resident advisors in dorms will be trained in food allergy response and the use of epinephrine auto injectors.

Together, these new steps will make U-M the true leader across the nation in the support provided for students with food allergies.

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