National Celiac Awareness Day {Giveaway from Luna Bars}

Celebrate Celiac Awareness Day 2012

If you didn’t know already today Friday September 13th is National Celiac Awareness Day!!

Have you seen this awesome infographic yet? I LOVE this and share it as much as I can…Thanks to Gluten Dude for making this and sharing it with everyone.

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Here are some facts (from The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website):

Celiac and Gluten-Free Fast Facts:

  • Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
  • An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has celiac disease.
  • Celiac disease can affect men and women across all ages and races.
  • It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
  • 6-10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed. (Source: Daniel Leffler, MD, MS, The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center)
  • 5-22% of celiac patients have an immediate family member (1st degree relative) who also has celiac.
  • Celiac disease can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases.
    Learn more about Related Diseases »
  • Burden of disease over four-year period per patient:
    • Females: $4,019
    • Males:  $14,191
      (Source: Long et al, 2010)
  • There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease.
  • A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today. Get gluten-free recipes and tips on where to shop »
  • A positive attitude, 100% of the time, helps celiacs create a gluten-free lifestyle for themselves and their affected family members.
  • The celiac disease diagnosis rate may reach 50-60% by 2019, thanks to efforts to raise public awareness of celiac disease. (Source: Datamonitor Group, 2009)
  • Gluten-free sales reached more than $2.6 billion by the end of 2010 and are now expected to exceed more than $5 billion by 2015. (Source: Packaged Facts, 2011)

Could you have celiac disease? Find out. Take our celiac disease symptoms checklist now.

Here are some great tips and suggestions for ways to raise awareness:

1. Share with others…

  • Share your story with those around you
  • Share the NFCA’s Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist
  • Share your favorite gluten-free website, blog, recipe, snacks, etc.

2. Try something new…

3. Educate yourself and others…

  • Download, Print, and Share the NFCA’s printable guides (http://www.celiaccentral.org/printables/)
  • Stay Up To Date with the latest research being done on Celiac Disease (http://www.celiaccentral.org/researchnews/)
  • Talk to your family members about getting tested for Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is a genetic autoimmune disease and the NFCA has some tools to help you get the conversation started (http://www.celiaccentral.org/familytalk/)
  • It is Celiac Disease not Celiacs or Celiac’s Disease
  • Celiac Disease is not a food allergy, however wheat allergy is. Although they can be similar and often confused they are actually quiet different. Below is a little exert from a research paper I wrote last term on Celiac Disease vs. Wheat Allergy:

“Many confuse celiac disease and wheat allergy because they are similar in several ways. Both celiac disease and wheat allergy have similar signs and symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal pain, skin reactions, and cramping. However, in many important ways they are different. While both stem from a reaction to wheat, these reactions are actually very different. Wheat allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a certain protein found in food, in this case wheat. Meanwhile celiac disease is a digestive disease which can lead to serious malnutrition and damage of the small intestine if not properly treated (About Food Allergies: Wheat Allergy). The villi, located in small intestine, can take anywhere from two months to three years to fully heal if a strict gluten-free diet is followed (“Celiac Disease”). Individuals with celiac disease often suffer from nutritional deficiencies, while those with wheat allergy do not. This is because of the damage that untreated celiac disease can cause on the small intestine (“Celiac Disease”). Another risk for those with celiac disease is the chance of developing other autoimmune related conditions such as type 1 diabetes, colitis, and various types of cancer. Those who suffer from wheat allergies do not have such concerns because it is an allergy and not an autoimmune disorder (Pietzak 73S).”

4. Wear Green…

  • Green is the color for Celiac Disease (and my personal favorite color!)
  • Don’t forget to wear your green tomorrow and share your picture on the NFCA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.comNFCeliacAwareness).

Now on to the giveaway!

Have you tried LUNA bars yet? They are delicious and I am loving the protein bars…perfect for me being on the go so much and not having a chance to cook much with my crazy schedule that that school has started up. I keep a bar in my back pack but you can always keep them in the glove compartment, office desk, etc.! The Chocolate Peanut Butter and Mint Chocolate Chip are my favorites.

Luna has generously offered one reader a sampling of their awesome protein bars. One winner will receive a box of LUNA Protein bars in a flavor of their choice. Even if you’re not directly affected by the disease,  LUNA Protein bars are a great way to enjoy gluten-free snacking on Celiac Awareness Day and beyond! LUNA Protein bars are available in 5 delicious flavors and contain:

  • Less than 200 calories
  • 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber
  • Core 4 nutrients: calcium, iron, vitamin D and folic acid

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To enter the giveaway please follow the instructions below:

1) Each person can have a maximum 8 entries

2) You must leave a separate comment below for each entry

3) You have until 11:59 pm on Friday September 20th to enter the giveaway

4) Giveaway is open to those in the continental United States

5) Winner will be chosen using Random.org and winner will be notified via e-mail.

6) Winner will have 48 hours to respond to e-mail, if no response is received another winner will be chosen.

ENTRIES:

1) What will you do or have you done to raise awareness today?  (Mandatory Comment)

2) Like LUNA Bars on Facebook

3) Follow LUNA Bars on Twitter

4) Like NFCA on Facebook

5) Follow NFCA on Twitter

6) Like CCGF on Facebook

7) Follow CCGF on Twitter

8) Share this post on your social media sites – twitter (be sure to mention @Creatively_GF, @LUNABar and @CeliacAwareness and use #celiacawareness), Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

Good luck to all who enter! Happy National Celiac Awareness Day

I was sent LUNA bars free of charge for a review directly from LUNA. The reviews express above are 100% mine.

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