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Somerset Coeliac Disease event aims to showcase gluten free food and cooking at its best - 10 February 2015

Somerset Coeliac Disease event aims to showcase gluten free food and cooking at its best - 10 February 2015

People in Somerset living with Coeliac Disease, a condition cause by intolerance to the protein in wheat called gluten, will want to attend a special food and health event taking place in Taunton later this month.

The Somerset Coeliac Disease “Food and Health” event is being held onTuesday 24 February 2015, at the Woodlands Castle, Taunton. TA3 5LU.  It takes place from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. COELIAC TALK

Admission is FREE but the event is expected to be well supported, so book your place now.  Please contact Christine on: Tel: 01935 385020 or email: christine.lincoln@somersetccg.nhs.uk  

As well as some of the county’s main suppliers of gluten free foods attending the event, visitors to the event can expect: 

  • Health advice and information from NHS community dieticians and hospital specialist
  • Cookery demonstrations by Innovative Solutions and Café Nouveau in Frome
  • Stalls and information on gluten free foods

Visitors are invited to bring along their favourite gluten free recipe and be entered into a special prize draw.

Marianne Williams, a Community Dietician with the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As a dietician I see just how debilitating Coeliac Disease can be and how much the condition can be improved when people manage their diet and avoid wheat products. If you have symptoms of coeliac disease, you should first discuss your concerns with your GP and not just remove gluten from your diet. If you or a family member has Coeliac Disease then come along to the Food and Health event and see how better awareness of gluten free food products and diet management can make a big difference to your life.”

The “Food and Health” event has been organised by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, the GP led organisation that plans and funds local health services, in collaboration with local branches of Coeliac UK, the nationwide support group that offers help and advice to people living with Coeliac Disease. 

Health advice and information will also be on hand from hospital gastroenterologists from Yeovil District Hospital and Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital.

Dr Matthew Dolman, the Chairman of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group said:  “The forthcoming Food and Health is great opportunity to talk to the experts and understand about Coeliac Disease.   This is a lifelong condition but with good advice and information the condition can be effectively self-managed.  We also want to help Coeliac UK establish more support groups across Somerset and we hope visitors to the Taunton event will see the benefits of joining together for mutual advice and support.”

Coeliac Disease is a lifelong auto-immune disease that is caused by intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat).  An estimated one in 100 people now have Coeliac Disease Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, constipation, headaches, or hair loss and anaemia.

Coeliac UK has branches across the South West. Help and advice about the condition is available from their web site at:  www.coeliac.org.uk/home/