News & Updates: Oct. 24, 2011

October 24, 2011

News & Updates: Oct. 24, 2011

A quick round-up of recent developments at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.

There have been a number of exciting developments and activities at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). Here’s what happened and what’s in store for the week ahead:

Last week:

NFCA Represents Celiac Population at HHS Meeting in Washington, DC

NFCA Healthcare Relations Manager Kristin Voorhees spoke at the Essential Health Benefits Comment Session on October 20 in Washington, DC. Kristin recommended that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) consider celiac disease management when defining Essential Health Benefits to be included in affordable healthcare coverage. Read Kristin’s comments to HHS.

NFCA Sets Goal to Raise $200,000 by October 31

NFCA is nearing the end of its fiscal year, and we’re looking to close on a high note. We set a goal to raise $200,000 by October 31, and we’re about $24,000 away. These funds will help us focus on improving the lives of gluten-free kids by educating schools, manufacturers and consumers about proper food preparation. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Donate Now.

NFCA Volunteer Shares Halloween Tips

Annsley Klehr, NFCA volunteer and founder of Gluten Freedoms, was interviewed by WHYY radio about avoiding candy overload on Halloween. Annsley, who has celiac disease, suggested making healthy snacks that are in the Halloween spirit, like making a vampire mouth out of apples and almonds. Another woman interviewed for the story said she’s handing out glow sticks in lieu of candy. Listen to the interview.

This week:

NFCA Joins Dietitians for Food Day Event

NFCA’s Nancy Ginter and Kristin Voorhees will take part in a special “Celebrate Food Day” event hosted by LiveRight with ShopRite. The Health & Wellness Expo is an exclusive gathering for dietitians, with special guest Joy Bauer, MS, RD, nutrition and health expert for the Today Show and author of Food Cures. See event information.

Shop for Less and Benefit NFCA

This Friday, October 28, the discount deal site Eat-Shop-Give will feature “$35 for $75 worth of Gluten-Free Baked Goods from The Little Bakery,” with a portion of the proceeds going to NFCA. The Little Bakery makes gluten-free specialties, including cookies, brownies, biscotti and lemon squares. These bakery items are available for mail order. Visit Eat-Shop-Give.