Community Education and Engagement
The Beyond Celiac website provides a wealth of free information for patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, foodservice professionals and the media, attracting more than 2 million visitors each year. In 2010, BeyondCeliac.org (then beyondceliac.org) was rated as one of “10 Great Websites with Accurate Information” on celiac disease and gluten-free foods, as well as a “#1 Resource for Celiac Facts.”
Many feel alone and confused after being diagnosed with celiac disease. Beyond Celiac is here to help with free downloadable and web-based resources, like toolkits, monthly webinars, educational videos, blogs and microsites. We pride ourselves on offering you evidence-based information that make managing celiac disease and the gluten-free diet easier. Beyond Celiac also connects with the community every day, sparking conversation through our highly engaged social media network.
Exploring Gluten in Medications
Understanding if a medication contains gluten is a major concern for the celiac disease community. Gluten can be found in excipients, which are the binders that hold medications together. Despite the possibility for containing gluten, it is typically unclear whether medications are safe for people with celiac disease, leaving people afraid to take necessary medicine to treat various other conditions or illnesses. Beyond Celiac began its work in understanding gluten in medications in 2007. Click here to see a timeline of our work in this area.
Gluten-Free in College
Beyond Celiac knows how challenging it can be for gluten-free teens to head off to college, So, in 2010, we began to offer free resources designed to help teens and parents navigate the college experience. Today, we host a web section dedicated to living gluten-free in college so students can feel more comfortable and confident on campus. Beyond Celiac offers GRE/living-with-celiac-disease/college/greatu/AT U, a digital magazine offering stories, tips and photos online, a downloadable toolkit about living gluten-free in college (including resources on how to register with the Office of Disability Services and protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act) and a Gluten-Free in College Blog Series providing perspectives from current students and recent graduates. This section provides resources to more than 15,000 people each year.
Kids Centr/living-with-celiac-disease/kids/al from Beyond Celiac gets children involved in raising awareness of celiac disease. In this section, we offer tips and advice for educating the school support team, including teachers and nurses. We've built a community of amazing kids with celiac disease who are empowered and have a better understanding of how to tackle tough kid situations that can impact their social, emotional and physical well-being. Kids Central serves over 150,000 families each year.
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GREAT Kitchens: Eating Without Fear in Our Communities
The GREAT Kitchens program teaches members of the restaurant industry how to safely offer gluten-free options with confidence. This educational program is an online multimedia course for chefs, foodservice managers and waitstaff. It even includes comprehensive tools to educate all employees on safe gluten-free food handling.
GREAT Kitchens offers CE credits by the American Culinary Federation and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Since 2010, more than 3,000 restaurants, chefs, corporate dietitians and hospitals have been trained through GREAT Kitchens.
As part of our GREAT Kitchens initiative, Beyond Celiac provides people with the tool Dining Out Tips from Beyond Celiac, a guide to be used to help you advocate for safe dining options in a restaurant or other foodservice establishment. This guide will arm you with important questions to ask every time you visit a restaurant.
Newly expanded in 2013, GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps is a program of Beyond Celiac that trains dining services managers and staff to effectively offer gluten-free meals in dining halls and cafeterias. To date, more than 250 dining service managers, chefs and corporate dietitians have been trained through GREAT Colleges, Schools and Camps. Since the Lesley University settlement in 2012, more colleges than ever are interested in receiving formalized gluten-free training.
Learn more about GREAT Kitchens and GREAT Schools gluten-free online training here.