“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” Helen Keller


Today is an important day for me and an estimated 3 Million Americans of every gender, race and age.

Today, September 13, 2011, is National Celiac Awareness Day in the United Sates.

I am thrilled to be listed on the NFCA's Celiac Bloggers Resource page along with a few of my own personal Celiac mentors and inspiring leaders. We are sharing the journey, offering support and guidance and connecting with other Celiacs around the globe to encourage change, create acceptance, empower through knowledge and increase awareness.

I am so very grateful to be a part of this amazing community!

Let's make this a day to celebrate all that we CAN eat and all that we CAN do!

I have included National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) Founder and President Alice Bast's 13 ways to celebrate below. She offers 13 big and small ways for us to celebrate, spread the word and make a difference TODAY!

You can learn more about the NFCA and find the complete article from the NFCA newsletter here.

In Health & Gratitude,


Note from Alice

NFCA Founder & President

13 Ways to Celebrate Celiac Awareness Day

Celiac Awareness Day? Isn’t that in May? Well, yes and no. While the 31 days in May are all devoted to spreading the word about celiac disease, September 13 is also a day of recognition. That’s the birthday of Dr. Samuel Gee, a physician and pediatrician who gave us the first full clinical picture of celiac disease back in 1888. In previous years, the Senate has passed a resolution to designate Sept. 13 as “Celiac Awareness Day,” and this year is no different. S. Res. 219 was introduced in June and now sits on the Senate floor. (Update! The Senate passed this resolution on Sept. 7.)

At NFCA, we devote every day to celiac awareness, so there’s always a reason to celebrate. Whether it’s on September 13 or any other day, here are 13 ways you can take celiac awareness one step further:

1. Share the Celiac Symptoms Checklist. Send the checklist to 10 friends. Odds are, at least one of them will have an “Aha!” moment and recognize the symptoms in a family member, neighbor or friend.

Pediatrician with child2. Play a role in research. The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) islooking for relatives of celiacs to test a new self-administered blood test. It’s your chance to finally convince your mother, brother, or another family member to take the test once and for all. (Update: Study has been filled. Thank you to all who signed up!)

3. Go for a run. Restoring health isn’t just about making the dietary switch to gluten-free; it’s also about embracing your new lease on life. I’ll be here when you get back.

4. Or, support a fellow celiac while he runs. On September 24, Athlete for Awareness Peter Bronski will run 50 miles and scale 10,000 feet for the 2nd year in a row – all to raise money for NFCA. Donate to help him reach his goal.

Doctor and child5. Tell your doctor “Sorry” isn’t good enough. How many doctor appointments did you waste complaining of symptoms before you finally got diagnosed? End the cycle of misdiagnosis once and for all: Print the Celiac CME postcard from our website and urge your doctor to take NFCA’s free course on celiac disease.

6. Expand your dining options. If you know a restaurant that needs gluten-free training, now’s the time to act. Print the GREAT Kitchens information sheet from our website and bring it to the restaurant.  As an incentive, tell the manager how many friends and support group members are just waiting to find a new gluten-free hot spot.

7. Be a part of something big. Sign's Letter to the FDA regarding the proposed gluten-free labeling rule. It’s one way to tell the FDA to keep moving and stop stalling when it comes to gluten-free safety.

8. Have a party. Bake some gluten-free cupcakes. Put out a bowl for donations. Voila! Instant Cupcake Party Fundraiser. (It’s really that easy.)

9. Head to class. Ask your child’s teacher if you can have a special Celiac Awareness Day at school. Read a celiac disease children’s book, then take questions from the kids. If your child’s school allows it, bring in gluten-free snacks for everyone to try. While you’re there, encourage the cafeteria staff to get gluten-free training through NFCA’s GREAT Schools program.GREAT logo

10. Sharpen your cooking skills. You never stop learning, so take advantage of NFCA’s library of free gluten-free cooking videos. The videos not only have step-by-step instructions, but also give you helpful tips, like how to sneak veggies into a dessert.

11. Make a new friend. If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter yet, get moving! The staff and I have met tons of new people through social media, and there’s sure to be a lot of exciting chats and activities for Celiac Awareness Day.

12. Try something GREAT. NFCA’s GREAT Business Association members are huge supporters of the celiac and gluten-free community. Encourage their continued involvement by picking up one of their products. (Make sure to tweet about it!)

13. Prepare future advocates. We’ve made incredible progress, but it’s up to our kids to keep that going. Teach them the joy of volunteering and advocacy by helping them contribute to Kids Central. They can sign up for the Letter Writing Fundraiser, share a gluten-free recipe, or submit a product review for kids.

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Alice Bast