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Prior to 2013, Beyond Celiac offered a free continuing medical education (CME) program for physicians. Nearly 600 family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, gastroenterologists and other medical providers actively participated, and more than 6,440 additional copies of the PDF version were downloaded.

Foodservice Professionals

As a foodservice professional, you play a key role in keeping people with celiac disease healthy. Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease that affects 3 million Americans. Gluten-free food is the only medicine for people with celiac disease. When people with celiac disease eat gluten, the body launches a violent attack on itself. This damages the small intestine, making it difficult to absorb nutrients from food. This leads to a whole host of problems ranging from diarrhea and migraines to depression, infertility, osteoporosis and even certain cancers.

Backing Up Gluten-Free Menu Claims

People with celiac disease need to clearly understand if a meal is safe or unsafe for them. Foodservice professionals need proper training in order to safely serve this community. Cross-contact is a big issue for the community. In fact, just a crumb of gluten is enough to make people sick and cause serious damage to their bodies.

The solution? GREAT Gluten-Free Training

GREAT Kitchens and GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps

GREAT Kitchens and GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps are two separate online gluten-free training courses for foodservice professionals in restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, schools, day cares and any other establishment serving food. These important programs are run by Beyond Celiac, formerly known as the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA).

Learn how this program can help you learn the right way to do gluten-free while gaining the trust of the celiac disease community.

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