Tonight I attended the State College Celiac Support Group meeting. Lisa Lundy, author of Super Allergy Girl, presented a guide to Allergy and Gluten Free Cooking to our group. It was really nice having Lisa come speak with our group and it was nice to finally meet her . If you remember from one of my Allergy Free White Cake post, she suggested a recipe to try when I was making the allergy free cake for my friends daughter.
Lisa’s presentation was good. I was surprised to learn just how many studies have been done and the amount of research being associated with Celiac Disease (CD) in the past few years. It is obvious that CD is main stream and more people are becoming aware of it. I appreciated her taking the time to come visit with our group.
Tonight’s meeting had an attendance of 22 people, of which 4 faces were at the meeting, hope those individuals enjoyed the meeting. Heidi stated that we now have 50 people on our groups yahoo list server, woohoo! This is pretty awesome.
Product Samples at the meeting tonight included:
- Allergy Free Homebaked Goods – Thanks Lisa Lundy
- GF Betty Crocker mini iced chocolate cupcakes – Thanks Janelle
- GF Bread, Graham Crackers, and Cheese Crackers – Thanks Grainless Baker
- Living Without Magazines (April/May Issue) – Thanks Living Without and Ken for making the effort to get the free copies
It was a great meeting and thanks again goes out to those that helped make it happen.
Speaking of Celiac research and awareness… tomorrow (3/18) there are two seminars happening in Happy Valley:
- Penn State University’s Food Sciences Department will be having a seminar tomorrow afternoon @ 4:30pm; Celiac Disease: How Nutrition Can Go From Joy to Nightmare, presented by Alessio Fasano, MD, professor of pediatrics, medicine, physiology; and director, Mucosal Biology Research Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
- The Mount Nittany Medical Center is also having an educational seminar tomorrow night @ 6:30pm; How to Identify A Clinical Chameleon: A Focus on Celiac Disease, also presented by Alessio Fasano, MD. If you can make it, check it out, besides its FREE (for a fee you can go early 6pm and enjoy a gluten free buffet).