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Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Spreading Celiac Awareness Nationwide
Public service announcement from the NFCA website:

Celiac Disease...If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of it, but 97% of the people who have it still don’t know what it is.

To help raise awareness and get the 3 million Americans with celiac disease accurately diagnosed, CNN has graciously helped the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness write, film, edit and produce a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) featuring CNN Newsroom Anchor Heidi Collins.

To view the PSA click the start button above!!

Now…we need your help to get the PSA aired nationwide on as many stations as possible. By getting the PSA aired in more communities, we can instantly educate millions of people about celiac disease and help them get on the path to restoring their health and reclaiming their lives.

Join the 50 Station Challenge!!

If you’re ready to join our 50 Station Challenge, here’s what you need to do:

1. Contact the stations you’d like to air the PSA. You can find their contact information in your local telephone book or online at their website. Ask to speak to the person in charge of handling public service announcements.

2. Ask this person if the station is airing PSAs and if they might be interested in celiac disease. If you have celiac disease, tell them your personal story. Telling your personal story will show why it is so important for the station to air the PSA.

3. Ask them to view the PSA at or to contact Vanessa Maltin 215-692-2639 or Some stations may request a DVD or BETA copy. In this case, please ask for the address of the station and the name of the person whose attention the package should be sent to. Send this information to Vanessa Maltin and she will send the DVD or BETA version to the station.

4. About one week after you’ve emailed them the link or NFCA has sent them the DVD or BETA copy, it is very important for you to follow up to see that the person received your email or our package and to find out whether they’d like to air it.

5. If they say yes, FANTASTIC!! If they say no, don’t be discouraged. Pick another station and try again!! .

To join the 50 Station Challenge, please contact:
Vanessa Maltin
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

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Monday, February 26, 2007
Be an Advocate for May as Celiac Awareness Month
On February 16, 2007, Representative Nita Lowey introduced H.Con.Res. 70, which endorses May as Celiac Awareness Month, and calls for increased federal funding for celiac research.

Rep. Lowey was one of the lead sponsors of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) which requires food manufacturers to list the top 8 allergens on their product labels. The law also required the FDA to set rules for using the term 'gluten-free' when labeling products.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, as a member of the American Celiac Disease Alliance applauds Rep. Lowey for her continued efforts to raise awareness about celiac disease, and for her support of our community.

Ask your representative to cosponsor H.Con.Res. 70. Email them directly by going to the ACDA online advocacy site and entering your zip code under "Elected Officials." Your voice will make a difference.

Click here to view the resolution.

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Friday, February 23, 2007
Gluten-Free Beer
Apparently I am now the go-to person for gluten-free boozing information. ;-)

I just got interviewed for an upcoming issue of Time Out New York that is doing a feature on where to find gluten-free beers in Manhattan. The issue number is #597 and should be out around March 15, 2007. Although I am sure I won't be directly quoted, it is fun to know that I helped contribute to the article.

Keep your eyes open!!

three gluten-free beers, one bar

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
My kisses are gluten-free

How cute are these t-shirts?? And they are so much more reasonably priced than some of those overpriced, self-promoting, celiac t-shirts out there. ;-) My birthday is coming up, hopefully someone will get me one of those. I think the diva one is most appropriate these days.

Karina, author of the blog [Gluten-Free] Goddess, has an online store that sells these adorable shirts. Please visit her Cafe Press store at:

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Monday, February 19, 2007
NYC Gluten-Free Cooking Spree UPDATE
Top chefs and doctors have now been announced:

Brett Reichler: BR Guest
Ralph Pagano: Hell's Kitchen
Jehangir Mehta: Graffiti
Julian Medina: formally Zocalo
Aarón Sanchez: Centrico
Carrie Levin: Good Enough to Eat
Patricia Williams: District Restaurant
Dr. Peter Green: Columbia-Presbyterian
Dr. Suzanne Loiselle: Mt. Sinai Hospital
Dr. Michael Blechman: Beth Israel Medical Center
Dr. Marc Wager: Sound Shore Medical Center
Dr. Michael Contillo: Lawrence Hospital
Dr. Zoovia Hamid: Sound Shore Medical Center
Dr. Rafael Soltren: Phelps Memorial Hospital
Dr. Robert Mangione: St. John?s University
Maureen Higgens, RN: Memorial Sloan Kettering

Date: Friday, March 2, 2007

General Admission ($50): 6:30pm to 9:00pm

VIP Admission ($75): 6:00-9:00 includes special meet & greet with doctors and chefs

Location: Institute for Culinary Education
50 West 23rd Street

Enjoy gluten-free hors d'oeuvres, desserts and cocktails.

NFCA will honor Dr. Peter Green and the Columbia University Celiac
Disease Center for all of their contributions to the celiac community.

Space is limited to 150 people.

*All tickets must be purchased directly through the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website:

Location: Institute for Culinary Education

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and CNN Newsroom Anchor Heidi Collins to host Gluten-Free Cooking Spree with celebrity chefs and New York City-area doctors compete in a gluten free cook off to raise celiac disease awareness.

The Gluten-Free Cooking Spree is an event that joins together the medical and lifestyle aspects of celiac disease. The event began as a partnership between the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, the Drexel University School of Public Health and the Drexel University School of Hospitality Management in an effort to educate people about the wonderful world of gluten-free cooking.

For more information about getting involved, please contact Vanessa Maltin at

*All tickets must be purchased directly through the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website:

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