February 24 luncheon to discuss celiac disease and gluten free diets
Many people are on gluten free diets, either due to celiac disease, gluten intolerance or just because they think it’s healthier.
The community is invited to attend a luncheon program “Separating Facts from Fad: Gluten Free Diets” presented by Dr. Harbir Sawhney, gastroenterologist from Baystate Medical Practices-Mary Lane Gastroenterology on Wednesday, February 24, from 11:30 am- 1:00 pm at Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer.
“Dr. Sawhney will discuss celiac disease, gluten free diets and all things gastrointestinal” said Susan Fontaine, Senior Coordinator of Loyalty Programs at Baystate Health. “Celiac disease is a digestive disorder in which the body can't tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats.
According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, an estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has celiac disease.
“If you need to cut gluten from your diet, it may seem difficult but there are many healthy and delicious foods that are naturally gluten-free,” said Fontaine, noting that the program will include a gluten free bag lunch.
The program is sponsored by Baystate Health Senior Class and will include lunch at no cost. Space is limited; registration is required by calling Baystate Health Link at 1-800-377-4325. For more information about Senior Class Loyalty Program visit www.baystatehealth.org/seniorclass.