Celiac Support Association

Awareness Ideas

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day is September 13th in honor of Samuel Gee, MD, father of modern celiac disease. CSA would like to remind everyone that awareness efforts are impactful all year long!

Individually . . .

Celiac Awareness Day/Month is the perfect opportunity "to get the word out." Ideas to get started:

  • Join CSA or give a gift membership
  • Share something positive about the disease and the diet with friends and neighbors
  • Donate to CSA
  • Meet with the manager of your local grocery store about the importance of the availability of gluten-free options
  • Visit with clergy regarding the strict gluten-free diet, communion and church pot lucks
  • Present a program to an organization about celiac disease and how it is handled, both at home and away
  • Request CSA brochures sent to doctors and dietitians in your area
  • Purchase a CSA membership for a family member, health care professional or your local library, guaranteeing that CSA's quarterly newsletter, Lifeline, is available to others
  • Encourage local chapter members to join the national CSA organization
  • Contact the CSA office with your ideas and successes. CSA is continually looking for more ways to help the celiac community
  • Donate time, money and skills
  • Encourage companies to participate in the CSA Recognition Seal Program

As a Chapter. . .

  • Gather those interested in celiac disease into CSA Resource Units and CSA Chapters for mutual support and awareness
  • Providing CSA-prepared press releases to local media
  • Donate to CSA for research projects
  • Placing human-interest stories in area newspapers
  • Giving radio and television interviews
  • Co-sponsoring activities with state dietetic associations or local grocery stores
  • Setting up physician/patient interviews on talk shows or radio
  • Donating materials to health agency files and to libraries
  • Educating chefs and restaurant staff about the gluten-free diet
  • Co-sponsoring displays with area hospitals and shopping malls
  • Participate in health fairs
  • Encourage companies to participate in the CSA Recognition Seal Program

Celiac Awareness Toolkit
Traditionally, since 1987, October has been celebrated as Celiac Disease Awareness Month in the US and Canada. In 2009 Canada began to provide special awareness activities in May. Awareness opportunities have no boundaries and the CSA Governing Board encourages celebrating awareness activies each and every month. Row of People


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