Raising awareness is a prime focus here at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). So, you can image that we have lots of ideas for raising celiac disease awareness every day, but especially on Friday, September 13 – Celiac Awareness Day.
Even if you are short on time, we have ideas that will have a big impact if we all work together. Check out our 10 suggestions for raising celiac disease awareness:
Share the Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist
Did you know 83% of the estimated 3 million Americans living with celiac disease are still undiagnosed or misdiagnosed? You can help put these people on the path to diagnosis by sharing the Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist. Share it on social media or print it out and hand it to a friend, coworker or family member.
Provide your insight for parents of gluten-free kids.
Maybe your child has been diagnosed with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’) for a while. Perhaps you have a newly diagnosed child, but found a great trick for making things easier for them and yourself. Either way, share your tip with NFCA for the Back to School Gluten-Free Tip series. When you do, you’ll automatically be entered to win two mixed cases of Crunchmaster Cheezy & Grammy Crisps. Grab all the details here.
Try a new recipe.
Cook something new for dinner this weekend. Not only will this help you find additional recipe options, but if you share it with a friend, you’ll be proving just how delicious gluten-free can be.
Show your support by wearing green – green pants, shirt, shoes, nail polish, hair ribbon, socks, whatever! If you’re feeling extra adventurous, upload a picture of you and your friends wearing green to NFCA’s Facebook page. We’ll add it to our “Wear Green” photo album.
Help get the facts out there.
NFCA has a section for printable guides. Consider printing a few, like the “What is Celiac Disease?” information sheet, and leave them at your doctor’s office or favorite local store.
Use a hashtag.
Wouldn’t it be cool if we got #celiacawareness trending on Twitter? Tweet a celiac disease statistic to spread the word to your followers. Feel free to give NFCA a shout out at @CeliacAwareness, too!
Donate or make a purchase in honor of Celiac Awareness Day.
At NFCA, we appreciate every donation we receive, whether it’s for $10 or $1,000, it truly makes a difference in our ability to provide free programs and services to people living with gluten-related disorders. If you live in the Philadelphia area, consider attending our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, a fundraiser for the organization. If you can’t attend, you can always share the details with someone you know.
Some organizations, like Scent-Sations, make a donation to NFCA when one of their products are purchased. More details can be found here.
Talk to your family about celiac disease testing.
Since celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease, meaning that it runs in families, it’s important for family members to get tested, whether they have symptoms or not. Raise awareness in your family by sharing the facts. We have some tools to help you get the conversation started.
Make sure you are up to date on the latest celiac disease news and research.
Researchers are working hard to better understand various aspects of celiac disease. Visit NFCA’s Research News Feed to stay up to date on their findings and check in periodically with the Drug Development and Clinical Research page to see how you can get involved in advancing research.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially ruled on gluten-free food labeling. Learn what it means for you and your family by registering for the free NFCA webinar, “Understanding the FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling Rule: What You Need to Know.” NFCA will also compile an informational sheet with key details from the webinar in the weeks following the live airing. If you can’t make it, don’t worry! Just register for the webinar and we’ll e-mail you a link to the archived version when it becomes available.
Share your ideas with NFCA.
These are just some of the many ways we can all work together to raise awareness. Tell us how you’re celebrating! Leave a comment on this blog, tweet us at @CeliacAwareness or drop us a line on our Facebook page.
Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to hear everyone’s ideas. Happy Celiac Awareness Day!