Mediaplanet: In what ways do you give back to the food allergy community?
Steve Carell: My wife Nancy and I have been active supporters of the food allergy community. We’ve hosted fundraisers, taken part in PSA campaigns, and volunteered our time. We are big fans of Dr. Kari Nadeau and the research that she is doing at Stanford.
MP: Why was it important to you to narrate and help produce the Discovery Channel and FARE’s documentary, “An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America”?
SC: Obviously, it’s important that we raise money to support food allergy research, but I think that it’s equally important to raise people’s awareness. The documentary “Food Allergies in America” attempted to dispel some of the myths associated with food allergies and to help people better understand them.
MP: As a dedicated family man, how do you help manage your daughter’s dairy allergy?
SC: We closely read ingredients. I have become acutely aware of foods that can be dangerous, as has our daughter. It involves constant vigilance. It also takes planning.
If we know that we will be in a situation where we can’t be sure about the food’s safety, we will pack our own. Kids with allergies should still feel they are a part of things like birthday parties, Halloween, and other special events involving food. At the same time, we have to be sure that these moments are safe and happy ones.
MP: What is one of your most unforgettable moments as a father?
SC: My most unforgettable moment as a father was the first one. That moment when you first see your child is the best.
MP: What advice would you give to concerned parents with allergy prone children?
SC: Living with food allergies can be extremely difficult, but should be approached in a positive, proactive way. We all have to eat. There is no avoiding it. So much of our lives revolve around food. Children with food allergies often feel separated from much of the world around them.
I think that the key is to find ways to allow kids with food allergies to participate. I also think that it’s important to support allergy research, because every day they are coming closer to a permanent cure for food allergies. So there is hope.
MP: What are three things you keep stocked in your refrigerator at all times?
SC: Pickles, strawberries, and turkey bacon.