Celiac Education Day 2018 Recap

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Check presentation On Sunday, March 25, patients of the Center for Celiac Disease at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and their families attended the annual Celiac Education Day. A total of 275 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 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, poster making and “create your own recipe book” activities. 

Also during the event, celiac patient Samantha Traister presented Dr. Ritu Verma with a check for $2,000 from a fundraiser she hosted as part of her mitzvah project.

For 13 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.