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Local Allergist Releases Children’s Book for Food Allergy Awareness Week

METAIRIE – In conjunction with Food Allergy Awareness Week, Dr. Alice Hoyt, chief allergist at Hoyt Institute of Food Allergy, is proud to announce the launch of her children’s book, “Wally the Seafood-Allergic Walrus.” It’s a fun, heartwarming story for children, parents and educators alike.

In “Wally the Seafood-Allergic Walrus,” there is a focus on understanding and managing food allergies, being prepared with necessary medications like an “EpiFriend,” and displaying empathy in emergency situations. The story highlights the significance of forgiveness, friendship, growth and understanding as Wally and his friends embark on an exciting journey filled with laughter, lessons, and a walrus who loves seaweed soup!

“I wrote this story as a way to teach young children about food allergies in a way that respected the allergen but wasn’t scary,” said Hoyt. “I also wanted to teach children that they have the power to be heroes and that they can demonstrate grace through forgiveness.”

Dr. Hoyt, who was recently named “Practice Champion for the Year” by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), is board-certified in allergy and immunology, pediatrics and internal medicine and is passionate about working with families and schools to help manage food allergies.

“Just as it’s important that I offer patients the most advanced therapies for food allergies, it’s also my job to advocate for them,” said Hoyt. “This book helps me do that by educating others about the challenges families face when managing food allergies, and it demonstrates the wonderful, happy life that can absolutely be lived despite food allergies.”

Wally the Seafood-Allergic Walrus is available for presale now and will go live on Saturday, May 18. 


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