Fed Up With Food Allergies?

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Post to Facebook Fed up with food allergies? on USATODAY.com: Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of the series health Fed up with food allergies? USA TODAY 2:27 a.m. EDT September 30, 2013 Take firm action with these tips on eating away from home. Fed up with food allergies? Follow these tips when eating away from home. (Photo: David Baratz/USA WEEKEND) SHARECONNECT TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE If you have food allergies, you know eating even a bit of your trigger food can cause a reaction, from mild (hives, itchy mouth) to severe (trouble swallowing, shortness of breath, even loss of consciousness). The only prevention: Avoid the trigger food. And that’s easier said than done. In one of the latest efforts to manage food allergies, UCLA researchers created a portable device still in prototype stage that attaches to your smartphoneand analyzes food right on the spot for allergens.

The House’s food stamps cuts aren’t just cruel. They’re dumb.

The application process will hopefully begin in November for the scholarships to take effect in January. The criteria for the scholarship has not yet been determined, Birschbach said. But it won’t only be need-based. A full scholarship would cover about $1,400 worth of food a semester and could be used for any campus dining service. Sodexo will fund five full scholarships or up to 10 half-scholarships. Food scholarships could go to students who live on campus and off campus. Michelle Hathaway, 21, of Grand Blanc said she thinks a dining scholarship is a great idea for students. She likes that it would be available to not only students who live on campus. Hathaway lives off campus and sometimes she could be on campus all day for classes or other school-related activities, so having that scholarship would be very beneficial. “If you don’t have food it’s like, ‘I guess I’m not eating,'” said Hathaway, a junior at UM-Flint. Once bills start coming in and her car’s gas light comes on, those are her first priority, Hathaway said. Even a $100 scholarship would be helpful, she said. Birschbach said she doesn’t know how many students are going to apply for the scholarship but believes it will get more popular each year. There is one small catch.

Food-only scholarships on the way at University of Michigan-Flint

That practice allows states the ability to line up how people qualify for food stamps with other programs. And one reason categorical eligibility has been expanded has been to not use federally imposed assets tests to determine eligibility. Assets tests are a type of test designed to see if the family has means to survive without aid. (Hence the term in social insurance, means-testing.) According to the CBO , for the purpose of that test, assets include cash, amounts in bank accounts, and other types of financial resources, but they exclude the value of houses, retirement or education savings accounts, and (in most states) cars. Normally, if you have more than $2,000 in assets, you do not qualify for SNAP. In the past 10 years however, 41 states have opted to go with categorical eligibility in order to circumvent this test, either eliminating assets tests or raising them much higher. You can see a map of the evolution of this trend here . Its worth noting that the GOPs aggressive implementation of these asset tests pushes against major trends in social policy, and theres at least five major problems with this approach from the policy point of view. 1. Poverty traps Chart by CBO . One thing policymakers are concerned about when it comes to creating social insurance is whether or not it creates bad incentives for those in the program. Having an assets test at such a low level forces people into situations where they might have to spend money they wouldnt otherwise spend, and defer savings, in order to continue to qualify for using food stamps to fight poverty and food insecurity. These problems are usually described as poverty traps. Understanding them, and working to fix or blunt them, has been a major piece of policymaking for decades. Having savings is essential for any kind of real income security, as well as doing things like moving in order to take advantage of a new job. As Reid Cramer of New America told me, the introduction of asset tests are trying to solve a problem that does not exist by introducing a serious one – forcing people to choose between building an emergency fund to deal with crisis and food security. 2.