Northeast Ohio Celiac Network

October Columbus Celiac Conference

Why attend? Three different sessions for adults, teens and children. Sign up the whole family! Speakers, gluten free vendors, presentations, education materials, activities, exhibits and gluten free lunch. Key Note Speaker: Dr. Guandalini from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
Date: Saturday October 31, 2015
Time: Check-in begins 7:30 a.m. General session begins 9 a.m. Program ends 3:30 p.m.
Location: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, OH
Cost:: $35 for adults and teens for registrations postmarked by September 18. After that date the registration fee is $45 per person. Children under 12 attend free. Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa or Master Card.
Registration: Online, by mail or by calling the Education Department at 614-355-0589.
Online registration: 1) Click on the link below 2) Click for info on education programs 3) Enter “celiac” in keyword search. Register online here.
NO WALK-INS. Everyone at the conference must pre-register. Early registration is recommended. This is a great event for all Ohioans! Registration fee is reasonable because it also includes a GF lunch. Compare to other events in other cities!

Attend the Columbus Celiac Conference. Do something wonderful for yourself & your family!

Ask The Dietitian: Overwhelmed Parents

Question: Our 11 year old daughter was just diagnosed with celiac disease. We are feeling overwhelmed and want to make sure we are doing right by her. We live on the west side of Cleveland. Any advice on diet or other helpful information will be greatly appreciated.

Answer: Hello John & Jenn. Your daughter’s diagnosis & treatment (diet) are understandably overwhelming. I am confident you  will find it all to be less overwhelming with each passing week/month. Here are a few tips to help you with the process:

1. You’ve started at the right place! Our website is packed with invaluable and reliable information and resources about all things gluten-free. Under the Learn: Celiac and GF tab, you will find information about our local group for kids, school lunches, and resources for both parents and kids. Also, keep an eye out for local events which can be a great place to learn, sample products, and meet other parents of children with CD.

2. Please set up an appointment with a registered dietitian who understands celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She will provide information about label reading, cross contamination, school & social challenges, inherent deficiencies of a GF diet, simple recipe modification, etc.

3. There are some inherent nutrient deficiencies when switching over to GF, including fiber, certain B vitamins, and iron. There can be excesses, as well. It is important to be aware of these in effort to best maintain balance and good nutrition in her diet.

4. Be careful about the resources and websites you use. It is prudent to stick with national CD organizations and CD centers around the country until you’re able decipher reliable and accurate information from unscientific, fear-based opinion.

Wishing you and your daughter much success as you adjust to this new yet manageable challenge.

Yellow Box and Honey Nut Cheerios Recall

General Mills Inc. is recalling 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free yellow box Cheerios and Honey Nut cereal because they may contain wheat and therefore are not gluten free. This is a Class I recall because an allergen is involved and involves only one batch of all Cheerios manufactured. Consumers with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance should not consume products bearing the affected code dates and should contact General Mills for a replacement or full refund.

According to the GM press release, the bad lots were produced at the facility in Lodi, California during a four-day period for Yellow Box and thirteen-day period for Honey Nut. Cause for the recall was human error. If you have boxes of Cheerios in your pantry, the recall includes boxes with certain “Better if Used By” code dates and the plant codes LD which indicate it was made in Lodi, CA. Questions? Call 1-800-775-8370. (I called. My box was 18JUL2016 CR141107C. The CR stands for Cedar Rapids, therefore my box was not a recall box). The recalled codes made in Lodi are:

Honey Nut Cheerios
12JUL2016LD; 13JUL2016LD; 14JUL2016LD; 15JUL2016LD; 16JUL2016LD; 17JUL2016LD; 18JUL2016LD; 20JUL2016LD; 21JUL2016LD; 22JUL2016LD; 23JUL2016LD; 24JUL2016LD; 25JUL2016LD

Yellow box Cheerios
14JUL2016LD; 15JUL2016LD; 16JUL2016LD; 17JUL2016LD

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