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06/20/22

From Our Dietitians: Are Oats Safe if You Avoid Gluten?

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At SAGE, we take food allergies very seriously. We pay careful attention to the ingredients we use and post them online for guests to view. We also tag every recipe in our collection that contains any of the top 12 most common allergens recognized by the United States and Canada. Sometimes, though, allergen tagging isn’t straightforward. This is the case when it comes to oats. Although oats are naturally gluten free, they frequently come into contact with grains that contain...

06/06/22

From Our Dietitians: Raising Awareness about Food Allergy Bullying 

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by Lesley Vogel, VP of Food and Nutrition Being a kid with a food allergy is hard. Food allergies can make them feel sad, left out, and scared that they’re not safe. Being the parent of a child with a food allergy is hard, too. Keeping your child away from their allergen while including them in as many normal life activities as possible is a balancing act that constantly changes as they grow and develop. But it’s more than just...

10/27/21

Allergen-Free Halloween Treats

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Check out these ideas for allergen-free options for the little ghouls and goblins this Halloween! For trick-or-treating: Look for allergen-free Halloween candy varieties in grocery stores. Store allergen-free treats away from other items to reduce the risk of cross-contact. Provide prepackaged cut fruit or applesauce. Give out nonfood treats, such as stickers, pencils, or small games. Let everyone know you have allergen-free items by participating in FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project. For celebrating at home or at parties: Ask in advance...

05/11/21

Bringing More Attention to Food Allergies

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Each May, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) raises food allergy awareness through a week of activities, events, and education. This year, Food Allergy Awareness Week kicked off May 9 and will run through May 15. Food allergies are severe and sometimes life-threatening conditions that affect more than 32 million Americans, including about 1 in 13 children, according to FARE. A food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to a protein in a food. Reactions range from mild (e...

05/11/20

Raising Food Allergy Awareness

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Each May, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) uses a week to encourage others to partake in activities, events, and education to help raise food allergy awareness. This year, Food Allergy Awareness Week runs May 10-16. Food allergies are severe and sometimes life-threatening conditions that affect more than 32 million Americans, with 1 in every 13 children having a food allergy, according to FARE. In the United States, the top eight allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, fish, shellfish...

01/20/20

30 Years of Innovations: Health and Wellness

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As we celebrate the 30th birthday of SAGE Dining Services®, we’re taking a look back at how our programs have evolved throughout the years. In this blog series, we’re covering the different kinds of innovations that have made SAGE a company of firsts. We already reviewed how SAGE’s approach to food service management and the culinary experience has enabled us to build lasting partnerships and serve outstanding, healthy food. In this entry, we’re focusing on our unparalleled wellness education and...

01/09/20

SAGE's Annual Food Allergy Survey

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As a dining service that primarily serves children ages 5-18 in approximately 275 independent schools in North American states and provinces, including British Columbia, we know firsthand about the severity, prevalence, and rising incidences of food allergies in recent years. Feeding students with food allergies, some of whom may be navigating food choices independently for the first time, is a tremendous responsibility that we take very seriously. We conduct an annual client survey to learn more about allergies to the...

12/17/19

On the Road with RDs: FARE

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Hi there! We’re here again with another edition of our blog series, “On the Road with RDs,” where we invite you to follow along with our Dietitians as they visit venues, teach communities, and continue their education in the wide world of nutrition. This time, we’re joining our Director of Nutrition, Lesley Vogel, who recently partnered with Brandon Jacobs, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The Shipley School in Pennsylvania. As a team, they presented at the Food Allergy...

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