Food Allergy Consulting for Schools

Consulting: Our consulting guides educators with the most current food allergy management information on how to keep food allergic children safe, happy and included. …More

Food Allergy Policy/Guideline Development: We prepare educators to proactively manage food allergies by establishing a clear and concise policy that results in an educated and more aware staff, student body, volunteers and visitors that will foster a compassionate and caring environment. …More

Training: Our In-service food allergy courses teach educators how to manage food allergies, establish preventative measures to avoid exposure, create plans for proactively preventing an allergic reaction and respond to a food allergy medical emergency.
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School Consulting

Break the Food Cycle And Become a Leader In Food Allergy Management

Has your school gotten into a rut with food? Do birthday cupcakes seem to show up everyday or become the size of a child’s head? Are seasonal craft activities food centric, followed up with edible, tasty treats to eat? Do school-wide celebrations revolve around food?

“Managing food allergies is much like playing the game of chess. You must strategize and think two and three moves ahead.” – Kristin Beltaos of A Gift of Miles
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According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2012 Conference, Abstract #706, 20% of allergic reactions among children with food allergies happen at school. The above mentioned types of activities put students at a higher risk for exposure and possibly anaphylaxis. Unfortunately, food allergies cross every aspect of our lives because we live in a society that socializes, celebrates, incentivizes, rewards and crafts with food. Because of this, it is truly time to initiate meaningful conversations within your school walls, with staff, parents and students alike, about food allergies, anaphylaxis and epinephrine.

Is your school in need of an objective eye to look at your curriculum, classroom and seasonal celebrations as well as the school’s general approach to food? Maybe you’re concerned about the message that you’re sending children about food. Is food the only way we celebrate accomplishment? Are pizza parties a reward for meeting the school fundraiser? Do you celebrate with an unhealthy treat after a physical fitness activity?

If your instincts about food in your school are creating doubt, there’s a simple solution — Kristin Beltaos, of A Gift of Miles. Kristin’s consulting services arm you with the most current food allergy medical and management information on how to keep food allergic children safe, happy and included.

Invite Kristin to your school and begin solution-oriented, food allergy discussions. She can identify trouble spots, discuss specific needs in your environment and offer suggestions to resolve challenges, i.e., proper location of epinephrine storage, where hidden allergens can hide, evaluate curriculum, seasonal projects, classroom and school-wide activities, incentives and rewards, etc.

She can also assist your school in writing food allergy management plans, or 504 Plans, that will serve as an agreement between the school and child’s parents, helping you to become more food allergy aware. With Kristin’s guidance you’ll become more knowledgeable and create confidence with parents which builds your school’s reputation as being a leader in food allergy management.

Kristin can also provide In-service training for your staff. View all the courses she offers, a current course schedule, or contact her to schedule an onsite training for your association, center or preschool.

A Gift of Miles consulting helps providers and educators like you every single day. We work collaboratively with you to offer safe and inclusive environments for children with food allergies, build confidence and provide support to these families.

We work with you sensitively and confidentially, using methods that are tailored to your specific situation and needs.

Whether you’re in Minnesota, national or international, find the assistance that will help you build safe, food allergy friendly environments.

Consulting is available in person, via telephone and videoconferencing.

Take that first step today…

Food Allergy Policy/Guideline Development

Are You Relying On Luck, Or Are You Prepared To Deal With Life Threatening Food Allergies?

As food allergy continues to grow nationally, schools vary in how they address awareness, accommodations and policy. Approximately 6 million children in the United States have a food allergy which equates to 1 in 13, or roughly 2 in every classroom. Here in the state of Minnesota, 60,000 students have a food allergy, and that number is considered conservative.

“Kristin provided an engaging presentation to our entire staff that blended professional knowledge with personal life experiences. She also provided a balanced message emphasizing both the educational and preventative goals surrounding allergies.” – Chris Schellinger, President of All Saints Academy, St. Cloud, MN
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Considering these statistics from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, it’s clear why school and early care and education programs need to develop policies to manage food allergies, establish preventative measures to avoid exposure, create plans for proactively preventing an allergic reaction and responding to a food allergy medical emergency.

Where to start might feel overwhelming; however, leveraging the experience of Kristin Beltaos, consultant and licensed trainer of A Gift of Miles will get things underway. There’s a lot to consider when establishing a policy or guideline, i.e., safety and inclusiveness of students with food allergies, students without food allergies, health and wellness, parents of all students, school staff, etc. Another key component is determining how to compose, approve, communicate, execute and monitor the successfulness of the policy.

Our collaboration using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines ensures that you rely on more than luck by proactively establishing a safer environment for your students with food allergies. A clear and concise policy produces an educated and more aware staff, student body, volunteers and visitors that will foster a compassionate and caring environment.

A Gift of Miles consulting helps providers and educators like you every single day. We work collaboratively with you to offer safe and inclusive environments for children with food allergies, build confidence and provide support to these families.

We work with you sensitively and confidentially, using methods that are tailored to your specific situation and needs.

Whether you’re in Minnesota, national or international, find the assistance that will help you build safe, food allergy friendly environments.

Consulting is available in person, via telephone and videoconferencing.

Take that first step today…

Allergy Training for School Staff

Be A Cut Above, Improve Your School’s Food Allergy Management

Educating and keeping children safe in your school is a top priority. That’s why continuing education is such an important aspect of your career, and the success of your school and district. “When you know better, you do better.” Maya Angelou said this and she was right. The more you know, the more highly valued you are and that is even more critical when you deal with children who have life threatening food allergies. Ask yourself some questions: What is the difference between an allergy and an intolerance? What is anaphylaxis? Where can allergens sneakily hide? What is epinephrine? Why must children with food allergies have two epinephrine auto-injectors?

“Our school staff benefitted greatly from Kristin’s allergy and anaphylaxis training. Staff expressed their appreciation for the chance to learn more about serious allergies, creating a safe environment and inclusivity. The presentation was informative and identified opportunities for improving our practices at the school that we hadn’t previously considered.” – Renee Campion, Head of School for Sunny Hollow Montessori, St. Paul, MN
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These are just a few of the questions that can be answered in many of Kristin Beltaos’ courses. Learn from Kristin, a licensed trainer with the Minnesota Center for Professional Development and consultant and owner of A Gift of Miles, who has successfully guided families with food allergies, childcare providers, preschools and schools all while managing her child’s multiple food allergies and other health challenges for nine years.

We know the long hours educators put in everyday. That’s why Kristin developed a core set of courses in both classroom and online environments, allowing you to select what is most convenient for you. Another option is to determine the course of interest for your school or district and schedule an onsite training for your group.

NOTE: For those taking this course for licensing purposes/hours, please check with your licensor for approval. Registrants outside of Minnesota are welcome to register.

A Gift of Miles consulting helps providers and educators like you every single day. We work collaboratively with you to offer safe and inclusive environments for children with food allergies, build confidence and provide support to these families.

We work with you sensitively and confidentially, using methods that are tailored to your specific situation and needs.

Whether you’re in Minnesota, national or international, find the assistance that will help you build safe, food allergy friendly environments.

Consulting is available in person, via telephone and videoconferencing.

Take that first step today…