Thursday, May 1, 2014

May is Celiac Awareness Month--brought to you by National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)

Heroes Within Us

This Celiac Awareness Month, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is recognizing the Heroes Within Us - community members who are out there making a difference in the lives of those with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity ('gluten sensitivity').  Stick with us throughout May 2014 to hear from our featured community members and to learn about what makes them heroes.

2014 Celiac Awareness Month Toolkit

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Back by popular demand, the 2014 Celiac Awareness Month Toolkit has everything you need to raise awareness and educate yourself and others about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and the gluten-free diet.

As a bonus this year, you'll also get access to delicious gluten-free recipes from our sponsors.

Gluten-Free Product of the Day

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We’re featuring a different gluten-free product every day this month.  Check the Gluten-Free Product of the Day page daily for product ideas to change up your gluten-free food routine.

Upcoming Events

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Free Webinar: Best Practices in Celiac Disease Diagnosis 
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST

We couldn't think of a better time to share the most up-to-date and accurate information about celiac disease testing for both kids and adults.  We'll be joined by our expert panelists: NFCA's Scientific/Medical Advisory Council members Dr. Daniel Leffler of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dr. Ritu Verma of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Register now! 

Other Celiac Disease Awareness Events:

Community Photos

CAM Logo onlyBack in April, NFCA asked the community to share their photos for our "secret project."  We put them in our logo to show that you all are heroes within our community.  The pictures were so great, we couldn't keep them to ourselves.  Check out our Heroes Within Us Pinterest board to get a better look at the heroes who are part of our community.
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Celiac Awareness Month Recipe Box

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Introducing NFCA's first-ever Celiac Awareness Month Recipe Box featuring recipes from our sponsors.

What is Celiac Disease?

full bodyCeliac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  An estimated 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease, yet 83% remain either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.  Currently, the only treatment is a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet.

Learn more:
Celiac Disease Symptoms
Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist
Testing & Diagnosis

What is Gluten Sensitivity?

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Non-celiac gluten sensitivity ('gluten sensitivity') is a non-specific immune response to gluten that presents with symptoms similar to celiac disease.  According to preliminary research, gluten sensitivity does not result in damage to the intestine.  Research is conflicting, but it has been estimated that up to 6% of the American population has this condition.  Researchers don’t fully understand the long-term effects of gluten sensitivity, but a gluten-free diet is the current recommended treatment.

Learn more:
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Press

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has experts on staff available to speak with the press about celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and the gluten-free lifestyle.
Media Contact:
Angela Salerno-Robin
Topic areas include, but are not limited to:
  • Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and gluten-free diet overview
  • Barriers to diagnosis
  • Personal experiences with celiac disease
  • Gluten-free dining and food safety
  • Growth of the gluten-free market
  • Gluten-free food labeling
  • Gluten-free fad diet vs. a medical necessity
© 2014 National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. All rights reserved. 

Gluten Free Goodies Giveaway

We like Brothers-All-Natural so much that SensitiviTees has teamed up for a great gluten-free goodies giveaway in May, in honor of National Celiac Awareness month. The winner will receive a 24-pack of Disney Variety Fruit Crisps and a free SensitiviTee with the gluten-free or allergy awareness design of your choice.

Click on this link to enter the Giveaway