We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Horne and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lisa, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
32 Million Americans have food allergies. That’s 1 in 10 adults, and 1 in 13 children. Food allergies can be life-threatening (anaphylactic), and there is no cure.

Food allergies are not taken seriously, and our community has a tough time getting buy-in and understanding. Often mistaken for food intolerances, and fad diets, there is a lot of confusion.

On my blog, Food Allergy P.I., and related podcast, The Food Allergy Talk Podcast, I work to spread factual information, and bust myths.

For those that live with food allergies, or are the caregivers to those with food allergies, I work to give them resources, tips, tricks and community.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Before becoming a mom, I was a local Arizona radio station DJ, Traffic Reporter, and News Anchor.

I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing.

I also currently work as the Director of Marketing for a national food allergy community non-profit organization, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT).

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We love Arizona, especially the southeast valley that still exhibits the legacy of Arizona. A family favorite for us is Schenpf Farms, The Queen Creek Olive Mill, the Queen Creek Family Market, hiking San Tan Mountain Regional Park, and enjoy a round of golf at The Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My oldest of 5 children, Stetson. He is the reason and motivation behind all my work in the food allergy community. When he was a baby he experienced his first anaphylactic reaction to peanut. He was subsequently diagnosed with anaphylactic allergies to both peanut and shellfish.

I got involved in the food allergy community through support outreach and fundraising in 2009, following my Stetson’s first anaphylactic reaction. Later in 2012 I initiated legislation to allow for stock epinephrine to be available for all students in Arizona schools. Later in 2013, that bill was signed into law. In 2018, I began focusing my energy on reaching out to the food allergy community through my blog Food Allergy P.I. where I share my own experience caring for food allergies, travel, dining out, product finds, and recipe creation. Most recently, in 2021 I authored The Everything Nut Allergy Cookbook.

At the end of 2021 Stetson began having reactions to a multitude of foods. We found out that he grew into 7 new additional food allergies, adding to the list: pecan, walnut, oat, garlic, sweet potato, watermelon, and pear.

Now as we head into 2022, I have created the Food Allergy Talk podcast as a way to continue building community and helping others in the food allergy community.

Website: https://foodallergypi.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foodallergypi/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisahornearizona

Twitter: https://twitter.com/foodallergypi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foodallergypi

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC36FlAfWbtUpS9qgSqqen7A

Other: https://open.spotify.com/show/6qVFUfKCWn7ImQqMoekTiU?si=a4e73b1b97534809&nd=1

Image Credits
Adams Media and Simon and Schuster.

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