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Celiac Awareness Month 2013

Stay tuned!  Celiac Awareness Month 2014 begins on Thursday, May 1. 
Be sure to check back on the 1st for NFCA's "big reveal" of the 2014 campaign.

NFCA Celiac Awareness Month 2013

About Celiac Disease | About Gluten Sensitivity | Toolkit | Fuel the Family | Blogger Campaign | Events | Product of the Day | Press

Thanks to our lead sponsors for supporting Celiac Awareness Month:

Celiac Awareness Month Sponsors

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What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  An estimated 1 in 141 Americans has celiac disease, yet 83% of those who have it are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

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What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (also known as NCGS or gluten sensitivity) is a non-specific immune response to gluten that presents with symptoms similar to celiac disease.  Non-celiac gluten sensitivity does not result in damage to the intestine, according to preliminary research.  It is estimated that about 6% of the population has this condition.  Researchers don’t fully understand the long-term effects of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet is the current recommended treatment.

Learn more:

Celiac Awareness Month ToolkitCeliac Awareness Month Toolkit Preview

Ready to help raise celiac disease awareness? We’ve gathered a bunch of information and resources and packaged them all in one free, downloadable tool kit.  Print off the kit and get started today!

Download the Toolkit

Fuel Your Family: Talk about Celiac Disease Risks

Celiac disease is genetic, so it’s more common in those who have a family history of the disease.  All first and second-degree relatives should be tested for celiac disease when a family member is diagnosed. 

This year, let’s focus on helping our family members get diagnosed so they can restore their health and reclaim their lives.  Here are resources to get you started:

Family Talk VideosCeliac Disease Personal Story Video

Looking for the right words to bring up celiac disease testing with your family? Let someone else do the talking! This month, we're launching two videos featuring personal stories about celiac disease in the family. Watch and share today!

Blogger Campaign: Personal Stories that Fuel the Family

This Celiac Awareness Month, we’ve invited some of your favorite gluten-free bloggers to tell their Family Treestories of celiac disease in the family, focusing on everything from how many family members are diagnosed to their family’s attitude toward testing.  No matter what the reaction in your family has been to a celiac disease diagnosis, you’ll see that you’re not alone. 

Keep an eye on the Fuel the Family Blogger Campaign page to see which top celiac disease and gluten-free bloggers will be sharing their story throughout Celiac Awareness Month.

Fuel the Family: Blogger Campaign


Free Webinar: May 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT

You asked and we’re answering!  Join NFCA as Kathleen Reale of Be Free for Me tackles one of the most frequently asked questions we receive: How can I shop gluten-free without breaking the bank?

Register for this free webinar

Other Celiac Awareness Events:

Download the Celiac Awareness Month Toolkit for more local and digital events!

Sponsored Activities

Shopping cartGluten-Free Product of the Day

Celiac disease testing isn’t the only way to fuel your family this Celiac Awareness Month.  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.

So Delicious Logo So Delicious Facebook “Like” Campaign

Like the So Delicious Facebook page and they’ll donate $1 to NFCA! (up to $5,000)

EatSmart Naturals Logo EatSmart “Share a Gluten-Free Tip” Contest and Fundraiser

Send a tip to EatSmart and you could win gluten-free snacks! Plus, they’ll donate $1 to NFCA for every tip they receive.  Submit your tip here.


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.

Contact Cheryl McEvoy, NFCA Director of Communications and New Media, to arrange an interview with one of our experts:  CMcEvoy@CeliacCentral.org

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. medical necessity

Recent headlines featuring NFCA:

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Gov’t: Food allergies may be disability under law



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