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National Celiac Disease Awareness Day is Sept. 13

September 10, 2010

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day is Sept. 13

Senate resolution commemorates birth of pioneering celiac doctor.

September 13 has been dubbed “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day” in honor of the doctor who identified a link between celiac disease and diet. Dr. Samuel Gee, a leader in celiac disease research, was born on Sept. 13, 1839.

A Senate resolution calling for the commemoration gained unanimous approval on Aug. 3, 2010. In marking the awareness day, the Senate “recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease,” the resolution stated.

In an email to fellow celiac disease advocates, Ask the Dietitian’s Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN, nutrition coordinator for the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, noted the accomplishment and urged friends to celebrate. “My plan is to have a gluten-free dinner party,” she said.

If you’d like to join the celebration, visit NFCA’s Recipe of the Week blog for gluten-free meal ideas.

Read the full text of the Senate resolution.

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