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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. 

Chances are, you'll learn that you too are an everyday hero!

Meet Our Heroes | Celiac Awareness Month Toolkit | Product of the Day | Events |
Community Photos | Recipes | About Celiac Disease | About Gluten Sensitivity | Press

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May 26-31: Everyday Heroes

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The gluten-free bloggers make a difference in the lives of those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity every day.

Meet Our Heroes: Gluten-Free Bloggers

Click the "Meet Our Heroes" link above so you can follow in the bloggers' footsteps and be your own community hero.  Find out how by reading the bloggers' story and visiting NFCA's free resources.

Other Heroes Within Us:

Meet Our Hero for Week 1: Melissa Nalli

Meet Our Hero for Week 2: Jenni Tierney

Meet Our Hero for Week 3: Candice Graciano

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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.

Download the free toolkit here.

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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.

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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:

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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.

Want to be on our Pinterest board?  Send your photo to awareness@celiaccentral.org.

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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.

Grab the recipes.

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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

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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

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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

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Shout It Out!

Help us make celiac disease go viral!  Share your favorite NFCA awareness month activity with your friends and family on social media.



Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist

Take or share the Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist to help NFCA in our mission to increase diagnoses.

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NFCA thanks our lead sponsors for their support of Celiac Awareness Month:

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