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Celebrating a Gluten Free Lifestyle 

The second annual Celebrating a Gluten Free Lifestyle conference was held on Saturday, September 28.  Attendees tasted delicious gluten free foods, listened to speakers share information about celiac disease and treatments, and participated in screenings for celiac disease.

The speakers this year included Drs. Kofi Clarke, Barbara Nagrant, Ram Chandra and Scott Faber, as well as Amy Macklin, R.D.  They spoke on a wide variety of topics for both adults and children related to gluten-free living and celiac disease.

First Annual Celiac Walk/Run at Hartwood Acres

Celiac WalkThe Celiac Center at the ACDH was a sponsor of the First Annual Celiac Walk/Run at Hartwood Acres on June 23, 2012.  The event drew 146 participants who either ran or walked the 1 mile or 5K trail.  Participants received free massage and chiropractic adjustments after their activity, as well as samples of gluten free food from various vendors. Dr. Clarke was the master of ceremonies.  The Celiac Center had an information table to answer questions and encourage positive healthy gluten free habits.

A donation of $3000 was made to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Celiac Center Fund from the proceeds of the walk. Donations of gluten free food from the participants were also donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Celiac Awareness Event

Celiac Awareness Tour 2012The ACDH participated in the Celiac Awareness Event in Monroeville again in January 2012, focusing on collection of gluten free food donations and sharing accurate information with the attendees. Both Dr. Clarke and Amy Macklin presented brief lectures at this event.

Kathy Sepesy (Celiac Center team member) and Jeff Weiner (owner of Eden’s Market and president of the local Gluten Intolerance Group) are pictured here taking part in the event. 


Update on Gluten Free Food Pantries

In June of 2010, the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health hosted a conference to bring together community leaders, residents, and members of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB), to explore ways to bring gluten free food into the local food pantries. A committee was formed from this meeting, and with the help of the GPCFB, 6 food pantries have been designated as gluten free sites for those with celiac disease. Volunteers at these 6 pantries have been educated about label reading and gluten free food choices, and have served many families over the last few years. Food collections have continued on a regular basis at various businesses such as Eden’s Market in Pittsburgh, and donation sites have been hosted at many different celiac events in the Greater Pittsburgh area. To date, over $6000.00 in food products and about $2500 in cash donations have been generously donated by Pittsburgh residents. Many thanks to those who continue to support this effort to get basic gluten free food products such as bread and pasta to those in need! The six gluten free food pantries include:

Food DriveNorth Hills Community Outreach
1975 Ferguson Road
Allison Park, PA 15101

East End Cooperative Ministries
250 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Hills Food Pantry – Sharon Community Presbyterian Church
522 Carnot Road
Coraopolis, PA 15109

Brentwood Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
3725 Brownsville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15227

South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM)
5301 Park Ave.
Bethel Park, PA 15102

Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry
828 Hazelwood
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

If you or someone in your organization is interested in doing a gluten free food drive, please contact the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for more information at 412-460-3663. 

Allegheny Center for Digestive Health Celebrates Gluten Free Lifestyle

The Allegheny Center for Digestive Health and the Gluten Intolerance Group of Western Pennsylvania, held a workshop on October 27 that featured samples of gluten free foods, a hands-on educational activity for children, and discussions on celiac diagnosis and nutrition. Read More

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)

Educational PresentationsDr. Clarke and our dietitian at the celiac center, Amy Macklin, are on the board of directors of a new support organization for celiac in the Pittsburgh area. The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of North America, whose mission is to support those with gluten intolerances with services that promote health, provides support and information through programs and speakers to those with celiac in the Pittsburgh area. Both Dr. Clarke and Amy have presented information at a number of their events in the last year.

Medical Frontiers

Dr. Kofi Clark, the gastroenterologist and head of the Celiac team, spoke on Medical Frontiers, a radio call in show featuring breaking health news. On January 23, 2012, Dr. Clarke answered questions from the call in audience and provided the listeners with expert information and guidance on dealing with and diagnosing celiac disease.  

Listen to Medical Frontiers, featuring Dr. Kofi Clarke
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