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First Bites: What to Know About the Early Introduction of Food Allergens
Food allergies have become a public health concern, with up to 10.8% of adults and 6-8% of children believed to be food allergic. For more than a decade, parents were told to delay the introduction of allergenic foods, such as peanut, egg, and milk, to their babies. However, in 2015, the groundbreaking LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut allergies) study was published proving that early introduction of peanut foods reduced the risk of developing peanut allergies in high-risk infants by up to 86%. This led to significant changes in infant feeding recommendations and guidelines. However, recent surveys show many physicians are not implementing these guidelines accurately or fully. In this session, speakers will address the science behind early introduction, share evidence-based recommendations and practical tips around infant feeding, and demonstrate how family physicians and other health professionals can champion the effort to reduce the prevalence of food allergies.

After this presentation, attendees will:

1. Utilize the latest guidelines and recommendations from NIAID and AAP for the early introduction of peanut foods to help prevent peanut allergies.
2. Incorporate best practices into assessments with patients who have suspected food allergies.
3. Use evidence-based practice to overcome common barriers to the early introduction of peanut and other potential allergens.

Continuing Education Accreditation:
-The AAFP has reviewed First Bites: What to Know About the Early Introduction of Food Allergens and deemed it acceptable for up to 1.00 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 11/11/2020 to 11/11/2020. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
-PAs may claim a maximum of 1.0 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AAFP Prescribed Credit.
- Approved for 1.0 CPEU by CDR

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Dr. Theresa R. Jacobs, M.D., FAAFP
Clinical Director @Georgia Primary Care Association (GPCA)
Dr. Theresa R. Jacobs is a board-certified family medicine physician providing the highest quality comprehensive health care to the uninsured and underserved at risk populations at Oakhurst Medical Centers. In her current position as site director, she oversees the Rockdale County facility clinical department including adult medicine, pediatric/adolescent, OB/GYN and family planning. Dr. Jacobs earned an associate degree from Ferris State University in Michigan; Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University; and Medical of Doctorate Degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where she was chief resident for one year. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She earned the Medical Director Certificate from Harvard School of Public Health.
Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD
Consultant @National Peanut Board
Sherry Coleman Collins is a registered dietitian nutritionist, licensed in Georgia and based in metro-Atlanta. Her areas of practice include nutrition communications, food allergies, digestive wellness, and culinary nutrition. As a communicator, Collins is a sought-after speaker and has presented at dozens of professional and consumer conferences across the country. She has published dozens of articles in a variety of print and online publications and serves as an expert to the media. With a particular interest and expertise in food allergies and digestive health, Collins’ professional accomplishments include developing the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Certificate of Training in Food Allergies and authoring the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Practice Paper, The Role of the RDN in Food Allergy Diagnosis and Management. She also serves as a consultant for National Peanut Board.
Dr. JJ Levenstein, M.D., FAAP | Moderator
Dr. JJ Levenstein has spent over 35 years caring for children. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, a second undergraduate degree from Duke University, and completed training as a Physician Assistant with a specialty in Pediatrics at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University. After serving as a Pediatric PA for 5 years, she was accepted at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and completed her internship and residency at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. While in private practice, she was voted one of the Best Doctors in America® 2004 - 2012 and recognized as one of the top pediatricians in her community. Now retired from private practice, Dr. JJ remains a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and continues to be committed to promoting infant and child health by serving as an educational and media speaker and is also a regular contributor to several parenting websites. She serves as chair of the National Peanut Board’s Food Allergy Education & Advisory Committee.