Celiac Awareness Month Day 6: National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

It’s DAY SIX of Celiac Disease Awareness Month and today’s special guest is the NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR CELIAC AWARENESS. They’re an awesome non-profit – but let me have them tell you a little about themselves…

Through empowerment, education, advocacy and advancing research, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) drives diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and improves the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet.

Awareness brings treatment that, in turn, brings improvement of the quality of life for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Our goal is to reduce the time to diagnosis and, in the process, reduce the devastating impact of undiagnosed celiac disease, including the contraction of others diseases such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and an “autoimmune cascade.”

NFCA is affiliated with the leading researchers internationally and supports collaboration and partnership among scientists and institutions to optimize research potential with the goal of improving the quality of life for those who have celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.

If that didn’t make you fall in love with NFCA, then I don’t know what I can say to convince you that NFCA is awesome. NFCA provides facts and figures about celiac disease that you can find here.

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

They provide GREAT food service training for restaurants. You can learn more about the program here. According to the website, the NFCA is proud to offer gluten-free training to foodservice professionals working in a variety of settings. They’re teaching about what it takes to meet gluten-free needs and how you can serve gluten-free meals safely and confidently. The listed cost is $100 for the management training course and $50 for the standard training course.

They also have a GREAT program for gluten-free colleges – GREAT Schools, Colleges, and Camps. The program is to help prepare dining services teams to meet the rising demands of college students looking for gluten-free options.

One of my favorite things about NFCA is the webinars that they put on. These webinars are not only incredibly informative, but they are absolutely free! If you’re not attending these online webinars, you are missing out on some of the most cutting edge education on living gluten-free without even leaving your house.

Celiac Disease Awareness Month May 2014 with Celiac and the Beast

Celiac Disease Awareness Month May 2014 with Celiac and the Beast

You can donate online to the National Foundation for Celiac Disease and find more ways to get involved with them here. Thank you to NFCA for providing CATB some cool complimentary swag and some brochures so I can spread the love at future expos and events. Also, many thanks to NFCA for providing some awesome swag for YOU to win! LET NFCA HELP YOU SPREAD THE GLUTEN-FREE LOVE!


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Comments: 32

  1. Jennifer May 6, 2014 at 6:34 am Reply

    I’m raising awareness this month by being super obnoxious on social media. 🙂

  2. Kaila May 6, 2014 at 6:50 am Reply

    I love this giveaway! While I think food products are cool too, I tend to be allergic to other ingredients in many GF products. Plus, it’s super important to promote awareness this month (and all year round). Thanks NFCA and Erica for all you do for the GF/Celiac community 🙂

  3. Kaila May 6, 2014 at 6:51 am Reply

    I love this giveaway! While I think food products are cool too, I tend to be allergic to other ingredients in many GF products. This month I’ve been tweeting in #positiveceliac on Twitter, writing blog posts about Celiac, and explaining the autoimmune disease to people I meet (including those who sit next to me at baseball games!). Thanks NFCA and Erica for all you do for the GF/Celiac community 🙂

  4. Jessica May 6, 2014 at 6:56 am Reply

    My boyfriend and I are working on creating a short digitally animated video on educating friends/family about Celiac and cross contamination issues.

    I am also giving away lots of homemade GF treats to spread the word about how wonderful GF desserts can taste!

  5. pat pelland May 6, 2014 at 7:47 am Reply

    I’ve chatted up my family and friends to make them aware of the hidden dangers of celiacs and how they can be supportive of others dietary restrictions.

  6. Casey May 6, 2014 at 8:18 am Reply

    I spread celiac awareness through my blog and by sporting all my celiac swag!

  7. Jillian May 6, 2014 at 10:12 am Reply

    I have a blog that I use to share my gluten free experiences. The website is http://www.glutenmakesmesick.com

  8. Laurie May 6, 2014 at 10:21 am Reply

    I use my blog, Cook Scrap Craft, to talk about my family’s experience with living gluten-free. My husband has celiac disease, and at first, we thought it was going to be crazy tough to eat gluten-free, but it really wasn’t! I use my blog to show how we take regular recipes and turn them into gluten-free recipes.

  9. Christine P May 6, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply

    Started a blog on Celiac Awareness, support, etc on May 1st to kick off the month

  10. Diana May 6, 2014 at 10:32 am Reply

    I love that the NCFA has so many good articles about CD on their site, and they always push for the most up to date information.

  11. michelle May 6, 2014 at 10:32 am Reply

    I am helping to spread awareness about Celiac and NCGS by sharing information on facebook or twitter.

  12. Sandra May 6, 2014 at 10:50 am Reply

    I will spread awareness through my blog and by educating friends and family. I love the NFCA swag idea, such a great conversation starter. 🙂

  13. Marissa S May 6, 2014 at 11:00 am Reply

    I’ll be blogging about gluten free living (which I’ve done lots of!) even though I don’t have celiac, my body runs better without it (along with dairy). I’ll be specific to share about this month and your giveaways:) on my next blog post!

  14. Todd Bliss May 6, 2014 at 11:09 am Reply

    These giveaways are a great way to celebrate

  15. Lorynn R. May 6, 2014 at 11:22 am Reply

    Social media & educating friends & family about celiac and gluten intolerance.

  16. Margaret May 6, 2014 at 11:30 am Reply

    They’re so helpful!

  17. Lea May 6, 2014 at 11:52 am Reply

    I share with my friends and family on my social networks and in person.

  18. Yolanda S May 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm Reply

    They’re great

  19. Deb Gowlland May 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm Reply

    I always try to post informative articles on FB to try and raise some awareness!

  20. lori hug May 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm Reply

    What a great swag giveaway!

  21. Sara A May 7, 2014 at 11:54 am Reply

    Educating friends and family as well as helping those transition who suffer from this disease.

  22. CJ May 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm Reply

    Oy, innumerable things. My brain is fried on Celiac Awareness! But so are the brains of countless coffee shop patrons I chatted with this morning, twitter-verse peeps, and perhaps my blog readers.

  23. Nicole May 7, 2014 at 4:20 pm Reply

    I wear my Celiac awareness bracelet everyday & I always educate my friends/coworkers about gluten free diets!

  24. Jennifer May 8, 2014 at 7:41 am Reply

    I do my best to educate everyone I know about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. It always amazes me the misconceptions some people have about it.

  25. Jen May 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm Reply

    I love sharing gluten free recipes on instagram! I love finding new ones, too! I’ve been trying to encourage my family to get tested, but they’re not taking me seriously. They think it’s a phase that’ll pass. 🙁 I grew up in a heavy gluten consuming family. Most of us are very symptomatic, but I’m the only one that’s done anything about it.

  26. Amanda May 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm Reply

    Since my dad was diagnosed, it’s been pretty important to make sure our family knows just what he can and can’t have… and why.

  27. melinda singer May 9, 2014 at 7:31 am Reply

    bringing gf treats and snacks to all events to share

  28. AC May 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm Reply

    raising celiac awareness is a year round thing for me from answering questions, to explaining about cross contamination, to explaining why some people might not feel the consequences or outwardly show signs but still suffer from minute exposure, etc., etc.

  29. Tami May 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm Reply

    You’re so rad Erica!!

  30. IAE H. May 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Serving gluten free meals to friends and family so they can see how easy it is to accomdate my needs

  31. Sasha May 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm Reply

    I talk about it every day with people face to face and through social media. I’m so excited to get the word out!

  32. Kristen May 13, 2014 at 5:11 am Reply

    Great giveaway awesome foundation!

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