Celiac Support Association

For Immediate Release November 8th, 2011

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CSA Sharing Knowledge on the Road


CSA’s nationally recognized dietitian, Shelly Asplin, M.A., R.D., LMNT, devoted time traveling the state of Iowa, speaking to dietitians and those living the gluten-free lifestyle. The only treatment for celiac disease is a lifelong commitment to the gluten-free diet.


The first stop for CSA dietitian Asplin was at the Iowa Dietetic Association during their two-day conference entitled X-Treme Nutrition Makeover held in Des Moines, Iowa, November 1st and 2nd, 2011. Asplin and fellow dietitian colleagues Dee Sandquist, M.S., R.D., L.D., CDE, and Anne Roland Lee, M.S., R.D., L.D., spoke to the large audience of dietitians about hot topics related to celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Best practices for managing gluten-free living and foods to maximize health of those living gluten-free were also discussed.


Floyd Valley hospital in Le Mars on November 3rd, was the setting for Asplin’s second Iowa event.    At this community evening event Asplin spoke of the increased prevalence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. “It’s not a fad for at least 21 million Americans, it’s a required diet,” Asplin stated. Highlights included common sources of hidden gluten such as soy sauce, broth and deli meats. Nutrient dense gluten-free grains including sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa were also discussed.


The final stop was at the Northwest Iowa Nutrition Conference, also in Le Mars, Iowa, on November 4th, 2011.    At this event dietitians tuned in as Asplin shared information for the best self-management practices to help gluten-free individuals love living gluten-free.


Shelly Asplin is the Nutrition Program Coordinator for the Celiac Support Association. She has been a registered dietitian for over eighteen years. Asplin perseveres to raise awareness of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivities through public speaking engagements throughout the country for health professionals, school systems, and food service professionals.


Celiac Support Association (CSA) represents the voices of more than 9,000 gluten-free consumers, consumer product companies and health professionals in the United States and around the globe. CSA, a non-profit organization with a focus on what is best for the health and wellness of those with celiac disease and gluten-induced sensitivities, has enhanced the quality of life for millions of people living free of gluten. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska and founded in 1978, CSA advocates on behalf of a diverse membership.


CSA is a trusted source of information about the gluten-free products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. In keeping with its founding principles, CSA amplifies members’ efforts for good health by encouraging quality nutrition, responsible business practices, scientific research, education, testing and outreach. Public health and food labeling. Contact us through www.csaceliacs.org or [email protected].


The Celiac Support Association (CSA) is a member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis worldwide through education, information and research.

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