COLLEGE. It’s an exciting time in anyone’s life, but it can be a frustrating experience for students who need to follow a gluten-free diet. Living on campus means you have limited access to food. Gluten-free options aren’t always available, and the dining hall staff may not know the best ways to keep students with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity ('gluten sensitivity') safe.
Going to college gluten-free is getting easier, but having the right tools, advice and inspiration can make a big difference. NFCA has gathered these resources to help you navigate the gluten-free life at college…and beyond. (And parents, there’s something for you, too.)
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Gluten-Free in College 101: Tips from Students and Parents, for Students and Parents
You don't have to figure everything out entirely on your own. Grab tips from the parents and students who've been there in our Gluten-Free in College Facebook album.
Have a tip to share? Send it to NFCA Communications Assistant Alicia Carango at email@example.com. Your tip could be featured in the campaign!
Special thanks to Blue Diamond for sponsoring this tip series!
Free NFCA Webinars
Upcoming: Live Q&A with Gluten-Free Students and Grads
We managed celiac disease in college and you can too!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. PDT
NFCA is excited to announce a different format for this year’s annual college webinar – a live panel discussion featuring the gluten-free experiences and opinions of young adults who have walked unique paths on their journeys of celiac disease management. This new format will allow for viewer driven content during a live question and answer period. Attendees will also benefit from access to key resources and about common concerns faced by the college population.
Webinar Archive: GREAT U Special: Navigating the Gluten-Free Social Scene at College
NFCA's second Webinar of its special kid and teen series identified how gluten-free college students can overcome any obstacle while away from home. This open discussion provided attendees with tips on how to stay gluten-free in the dining hall, dating do’s and don’ts, preparing the “Celiac disease is…” elevator speech and more. This lively presentation featured panelists Rebecca Panzer, MA, RD, LDN and Sam Master, a third-year medical student living with celiac disease.
Download the slides or presentation recording in the webinar archive.
Gluten-Free College Student Toolkit
Prepping for college can be stressful enough, even without a gluten-free diet thrown in the mix. NFCA compiled resources for new and current students, both newly diagnosed and gluten-free diet pros, to give students a one-stop-shop to make the transition easier. (Parents, this information will be helpful for you, too!)
Special thanks to Blue Diamond for making this toolkit possible!
Did you know NFCA has a gluten-free training program specifically for dining services staff? Encourage your gluten-free child’s college to learn proper gluten-free safety and protocols through this quick, clear and affordable course.
A recent survey from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness shows the majority of colleges and universities provide limited access to gluten-free dining options, posing a health threat to students. NFCA surveyed nearly 1,000 gluten-free students throughout the country.
Introducing NFCA’s brand new resource: GREAT U. This special publication is designed specifically for prospective and current gluten-free college students. It is presented in a digital format, so you can flip through page after page of stories, tips and photos just as you would a magazine. Made possible with support from Udi's Gluten Free Foods.
From what questions to ask on campus tours, to tips for explaining celiac disease to your roommate, to advice on kissing a gluten eater, the Gluten-Free Guide to College will prepare you for move-in day and help you survive those confusing moments throughout the semester.
NFCA enlisted 8 bloggers to share their experiences as gluten-free college students (and one recent graduate). They each have a different story and perspective, but in one way or another, they’re all making do. Click to read mistakes made, lessons learned and missions accomplished, with plenty of personality to boot.
The second college blog series features new students and new challenges to tackle. The students and stories are fresh, but one thing remains the same; these students are making it work, regardless of their gluten-free diet.
Letting your kid leave the nest is tough enough. Worrying about their health adds a whole other level of stress. Hear from a parent of two gluten-free college students who learned how to recognize warning signs and when to step in.
GlutenFreeTravelSite recently launched an important initiative to get colleges around the country reviewed for their degree of “gluten-free friendliness.” They encourage all gluten-free college students to take a few minutes to submit a dining review of their college to help prospective students who are gluten-free. It’s their goal to get all colleges and universities reviewed so students beginning the college search process will receive valuable first-hand feedback from other gluten-free students already in attendance.