Our support group plans educational events throughout San Diego for adults and children with celiac disease or gluten related disorders. All of our events are open to the public.
Our parent organization, National Celiac Association, and the Celiac Research Program at Harvard Medical School, will co-host a 75 minute virtual meeting every month from September through December 2020. All meetings will begin at 10 am PST. CEU’s pending for RDN’s and RN’s.
Save the dates: -Thursday, October 22: Cooking Gluten-Free with Demonstrations and 2020 Holiday Inspirations -Thursday, November 19: How Good Nutrition Feeds Our Bodies and Minds -Thursday, December 17: A New Perspective: The Psychology of Dealing with a Chronic Disease
September 24 - 26, 2020 - The Online Nourished Festival, a FREE gluten-free festival. Connect with brands in a virtual booth space, access discounts, purchase products, enter giveaways, watch cooking demos, and join educational presentations! 11 am - 7 pm Eastern each day. Register online here, and then you can register for individual lectures.
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:00 am PST - Virtual San Diego Support Group Meeting with Expert Celiac Dietitian, Melinda Dennis
Our NCA San Diego support group will be offering an online educational support group meeting, featuring expert celiac dietitian, Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN. Melinda co-authored the book “Real Life with Celiac Disease” and currently serves as the Nutrition Coordinator at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she is a major contributing author to their CeliacNow Website. She is an Executive Committee Member of the Celiac Research Program at Harvard Medical School, is the Senior Nutritionist Consultant to the National Celiac Association, and has served on the Board for the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.
Melinda will cover several topics with important celiac and NCGS related information and will answer some participant questions. The event will be free thanks to the National Celiac Association San Diego support group members and a few sponsors. If you are a company interested in sponsoring this online event, please contact Michele Vargas as SanDiegoceliacs@gmail.com.
This event will be free for participants but requires pre-registration. Users will need to download the free Zoom software/app on their computer or mobile device to participate. Registration will begin soon on this website.
*All in-person gatherings are being cancelled until further notice and cleared to do so by public health officials.
Covid-19 Update Related to Celiac Disease: Thank you more than we can express to Potapas gluten-free tortilla company for your generous donations to help the gluten-free community in San Diego this month!!
If you know of someone in San Diego experiencing food insecurities who must eat gluten-free, there are 3 San Diego non-profit food pantries: 1) Community Resource Center Food Pantry (Encinitas) 10-15% of their population states they need GF food for medical reasons. Contact: Yanira Frias Website: https://crcncc.org/food-nutrition-services/
These groups make or try to make gluten-free food available to the people they serve. They do need GF food donations, so we're including links to their website if you'd like to send them GF food or a donation.
The National Celiac Association has launched a national pilot initiative to connect gluten-free food companies to food pantries. According to NCA, there is an extreme lack of gluten-free food in many food pantries across the US. Due to COVID-19, NCA has received an increasing number of requests for gluten-free food assistance. If you are able to contribute financially to this effort, please visit https://nationalceliac.org/giving-gluten-free/. If you are a manufacturer and can donate food, please contact Tricia Thompson at email@example.com. Thank you!
Looking for support group meetings and related events closer to Orange County in 2020? Check out our sister chapter in Orange County, also a chapter of the National Celiac Association at http://www.occeliacs.com/events.html