Celiac Awareness Month is an event held throughout the United States each May and is supported by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (and other relevant organizations). This event raises awareness about celiac disease, and highlights the work of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) which provides support for those affected. The NFCA, in collaboration with scientists and other organizations, also supports research into celiac disease.(from http://www.whathealth.com/awareness/event/celiacawarenessmonth.html)
Activities & Events Throughout May:
Throughout this month a number of awareness raising activities take place. These may include:
- A Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit – in which a number of groups (researchers, legislators, food corporations) meet and campaign to have the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforce appropriate labeling of gluten-free food.
- Ask The Dietitian – people use Twitter to chat with experts who give dietary advice.
- Live With Jill’s List – an event in which people can listen to and chat with a select panel who have expertise in celiac disease and gluten free eating. Jill’s List is the name of a community based organization which focuses on health and wellness.
- Webinars – these have included topics such as ‘Maintaining A Healthy Weight While Living Gluten Free’ and have also addressed needs and concerns of mature (60+) people affected by celiac disease or who are gluten intolerant.
- Catwalk for Celiac – this is a fashion show, dinner and dance for all the family.
Facts about Celiac!
Gluten Free Diet is not meant to be a weight loss diet!
Most medical professional agree you shouldn’t go on gluten free diet without medical need!
Gluten Free doesn’t mean the food is healthier. Very often prepackaged food contains more sugar and calories.