On Sunday, March 26, patients of the Celiac Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and their families attended the annual Celiac Education Day. More than 400 attendees came to the event for evidence-based lectures from industry-leading experts within the field and for fun activities dedicated for children. Families were educated about the clinical implications of celiac disease, the importance of adhering to a gluten free diet, and the future of therapeutic treatments.
Parents learned more about celiac disease and associated conditions, coping strategies, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, gluten free flour options and packed lunch ideas. Vendors, including gluten free bakeries, summer camps, and other gluten free products, provided additional resources for families.
Children in attendance were provided the opportunity to attend interactive age-specific sessions and participated in “learn through play” with CHOP child life specialists. Kids also participated in gluten free jeopardy, t-shirt decorating and activities led by the “Hole in the Wall Gang.”
In recognition of her dedication and work in the field, Ritu Verma, MBChB and Director of the Center for Celiac Disease and the Lustgarten Endowed Chair for Clinical Care of GI Motility Disorders at CHOP, was presented with a t-shirt signed from all of her patients.
For 12 years, the Celiac Center has provided children and caregivers with this one-day, state-of-the-art multidisciplinary education program. The annual Celiac Education Day supports the Center’s mission to promote community awareness.