Gluten Free/Celiac Education and Awareness Training: Improving Safety and Inclusion

Gluten Free/Celiac Education and Awareness Training: Improving Safety and Inclusion 
Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are increasingly common today.  Celiac is an inherited autoimmune disorder.  Campers with Celiac and gluten sensitivities often experience serious abdominal distress and growth delays.  When exposed to gluten, the short and long term consequences can be serious. This training focuses on education and procedures required to safely handle gluten-free food to keep campers healthy.  Children with no choice but to live gluten free often experience social isolation and sadness.  These feelings become exacerbated when staff is not properly educated.  This training also emphasizes fostering an environment where campers are valued as individuals and experience fully what is means to be part of your camp community.

In this course you will:
1) Learn about gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, the symptoms and consequences of exposure to gluten. 

2) Learn about food and non-food related sources of gluten, where gluten may be present during the camp day and safe procedures to keep gluten free campers healthy. 

3) Train staff to develop strategies for physical safety and to help campers to feel welcome, supported and included at camp.

 

CECs: 
2.0
Presenter: 
Nancy Blank, PhD

Cost

THIS COURSE CAN BE PRESENTED ONLINE OR IN PERSON.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHICH OPTION WOULD WORK BEST FOR YOUR CAMP STAFF CONTACT:

NANCY BLANK, PhD.
EMAIL: nbblank@comcast.net
PHONE: 215-820-5056

Presenter Bio(s)

Nancy is a University Professor at Widener University.  She has a PhD from Rutgers University in Criminal Justice, a Masters in Organization Development from Columbia University and over 10 years of restaurant management experience.  Currently her summers are spent as manager of the gluten free kitchen for the New Jersey Y (NJY) sleep away camps. She is a volunteer for Beyond’s Celiac’s GREAT Kitchens and GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps programs.  Beyond Celiac is a nonprofit organization that advances widespread understanding of celiac disease and serves as a leading resource. She is certified by the Beyond Celiac’s GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps training program.

Nancy's work in criminal justice has focused on inclusion and diversity through the use of experiential learning.  In 2010, her youngest daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. She now applies her expertise in management, diversity and active learning to enhance the lives of gluten free children and adults. Over the past decade, She has developed the extensive experience, skills and mind set to work with organizations to establish and implement the necessary structural and cultural shifts changes to meet the gluten free needs of your campers. 

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