31 Days of Celiac Awareness | Rachel Begun, MS, RD

 

May is National Celiac Awareness Month.  Why?  Because celiac disease affects 3 million Americans, yet 95% don’t even know they have it yet.  Because there can be long-term health consequences for those who go untreated, it is important to raise awareness so we all can learn to identify potential symptoms in a friend or family member and suggest they go to a doctor to get tested.

So, instead of writing one or two blog posts in the month of May, every day I will be sharing a post that in some way raises awareness about celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and gluten related disorders, helps you to get involved in raising awareness, or provides information and resources to help people live gluten free healthfully and happily.

I’ll be sharing:

  • the most current statistics on celiac disease and gluten related disorders
  • recipes and favorite gluten free food staples
  • endless resources for living gluten free, including travel and dining resources, gluten free camps and more
  • fundraising and awareness raising events that you can participate in
  • gluten free book reviews and contest/giveaways

Two events I’d like to share with you are:

  1. the #RDChat tweet chat taking place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 2nd at 8:00 p.m. EASTERN time, in which I will be the guest. I’ll be clarifying the common myths floating around about celiac disease and the gluten free diet and sharing important information so that everyone can play a part in raising awareness about celiac disease.  Just log onto Twitter (or your favorite dashboard TweetDeck, TweetChat, TweetGrid) at 8:00 p.m. and follow the #RDchat hashtag.
  2. the celiac/gluten free nutrition roundtable I will be leading for the NYC Celiac Meetup group on Tuesday, May 8th.  This was a highly successful event back in February, so I am doing it again.  Click here to learn more and register.

So…stay tuned for The Gluten Free RD’s 31 Days of Celiac Awareness.

More importantly, I want to hear feedback, comments and suggestions from all of you about  the topics I share.

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10 Responses to 31 Days of Celiac Awareness

  1. Rachel, this is great! Celiac disease and gluten-free diets have gained a lot of interest lately and people really need to learn what it really is. Look forward to sharing your posts with others.

    • Rachel Begun says:

      Thank you for sharing! The more people that know, the more people can be diagnosed properly and understand the issues at hand. Hope you are well and taking every bit in with your two bundles of joy!

  2. I look forward to reading your posts this month. I will be doing the same on InspiredRD.com!

  3. This is great! Thank you for bringing awareness about celiac disease to light and sharing with other RDs! Can’t wait to see your posts!

    Happy Celiac Awareness Month!

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