Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet Authorities Headline NFCA Event.

June 17, 2009

Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet Authorities Headline NFCA Event.

Renowned Dietitians Anne Lee and Shelley Case to present in Arkansas.

Recognized celiac disease and gluten-free diet experts, dietitians Shelley Case and Anne Lee will headline NFCA’s Northwest Arkansas Celiac Education and Awareness Day on Friday 10th, 2009.
Both Anne and Shelley will present before members of the healthcare, food and foodservice industries, and educate these professionals about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.

NFCA’s Northwest Arkansas Celiac Education and Awareness Day seeks to expand awareness of celiac disease and the gluten-free diet among professional populations that can improve the health and quality of life for those with the autoimmune disease, both diagnosed and undiagnosed.

This innovative event welcomes food manufacturers, food and hospitality industry representatives, and medical professionals from around the country for a day of educational programming, a networking luncheon, and vendor fair featuring gluten-free merchants.

For more information or to register for the Northwest Arkansas Celiac Education and Awareness Day event, visit the Events page!

About Shelley Case:

A registered dietitian, Shelley Case is a leading international nutrition expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Boards of the Celiac Disease Foundation and Gluten Intolerance Group in the United States and the Professional Advisory Board of the Canadian Celiac Association.

Shelley is a frequent guest on television and radio, including the NBC Today Show and CBC Newsworld. A popular speaker, she has delivered numerous lectures and workshops at national and regional medical, dietetic, celiac and food industry conferences throughout the USA and Canada, including the National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference on Celiac Disease, American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada annual conferences and Natural Products Food Expo conferences.

She is the author of many articles on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet in leading publications such as Gastroenterology, Digestive Disease Sciences, Pediatrics, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Topics in Clinical Nutrition, and Today’s Dietitian. In addition, she co-authored the celiac section in the Manual of Clinical Dietetics (6th edition) by the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada, and has contributed to many other publications including textbooks, magazines, and other patient education resources. Shelley writes “Ask the Celiac Expert” column for Allergic Living Magazine; “Good for You” column at www.glutenfreeda.com and “Ask Shelley Case” at www.befreeforme.com.

In recognition of Shelley’s major contributions to the celiac community and dedication to educating health professionals and individuals with celiac disease in Canada and the United States, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal. Shelley also recently received the Canadian Celiac Association’s Honourary Life Member Award.

Shelley earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Saskatchewan and completed her Dietetic Internship at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over the past 27 years, Shelley has helped thousands of people improve their eating habits and manage a variety of disease conditions through good nutrition. Currently, she has her own nutrition consulting company specializing in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet that offers a variety of services to individuals, health organizations and the food industry.

Professionally, Shelley is a member of the Dietitians of Canada, Saskatchewan Dietitians Association and American Dietetic Association, as well as the Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Dietitians in Business and Communications and the Medical Nutrition Practice Groups of the American Dietetic Association. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Living Without magazine.

For more about Shelley Case visit her website, http://www.glutenfreediet.ca/.

About Anne Lee:

Anne Roland Lee, MSEd, RD, LD, recently joined Schär USA as the Director of Nutritional Services.
Previously, Anne was the nutritionist at the prestigious Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. While at the Center, she started Club Celiac, a support group specifically designed for teens with celiac disease. She is also an adjunct professor at University of New Mexico in the Nutrition Department.

Anne is involved in consumer education and research, as well as pursuing a doctoral degree. Her research has resulted in published articles on the effects of a gluten-free diet on the quality of life, nutritional adequacy of the gluten-free diet, and the economic impact of a gluten-free diet. She has authored a chapter in a nutrition text and co-authored a chapter in a gastroenterology text on celiac disease.

Anne has developed numerous educational materials on the gluten free diet for both patients and professionals. Anne is a member of the ADA Evidence Analysis Library project on celiac disease and has been a reviewer for the On Line Nutrition Care Manual.

Anne Lee’s current employer, Schärhas been the international leading specialist in gluten-free dietary products for twenty-five years; and established its Schär USA Inc. affiliate in 2007.