Prepare Your Kitchen Staff to Embrace the Needs of Campers with Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

You will learn from a gluten-free educator, parent and 11-year old camper with Celiac disease just how critical the kitchen staff is to the camper’s experience. This training is a first step for kitchen staff to increase awareness of the needs of campers who are required to maintain a gluten-free diet. Staff will learn the importance of kitchen procedures necessary to keep campers healthy.  This training emphasizes the non-obvious sources of cross contact with gluten and prevention procedures. Kitchen staff will understand the importance of gluten-free procedures and to effectively communicate with campers/parents, and management to meet the needs of gluten-free campers.   Role playing will be used to enhance awareness.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

1) At the end of this seminar participations will understand what it means to have a wheat allergy, gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease, the short- and long-term symptoms of each as well as the consequences of exposure to gluten. Participants will be able to appreciate why it is vital for some campers to maintain a 100% zero tolerance gluten-free diet.

2)  At the end of this seminar participants will demonstrate knowledge about kitchen procedures (e.g. food prep, storage, serving procedures) necessary to keep gluten-free campers healthy including sources of cross-contact with gluten and methods of eliminating cross-contact.

3) At the end of this seminar participants will be able to identify the physical and psychological needs of gluten-free campers and develop strategies and methods of effective communication among the kitchen staff, the leadership team, parents and campers to address these needs. Kitchen personnel will also learn how to effectively respond to common questions about food concerns asked by camp staff, campers, and parents. 

CECs: 
4.0
Presenter: 
Nancy Blank Ph.D. Gluten-free/Celiac Educator/Trainer

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)

ABOUT US
Dr. Blank is a Professor at Widener University, and has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years with both individuals and organizations.  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 volunteers for Beyond’s Celiac’s GREAT Kitchens and GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps programs and is also certified by the GREAT Schools, Colleges and Camps training program.  Beyond Celiac is a nonprofit organization that advances widespread understanding of celiac disease and serves as a leading resource for the gluten-free community.
Dr. Blank’s work as a Professor of 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 necessary to meet the gluten-free needs of your campers.
Zoe Blank, is an 11-year old with Celiac Disease, and will serve as a co-presenter and will share her story, “My Life with Celiac.” She will talk about her experiences at day and sleepaway camps and strategies that worked to make her feel welcome.  She currently serves as an advocate for children with Celiac disease.  She volunteers with Beyond Celiac and lobbied with the DDNC (Digestive Disorders National Coalition) on Capitol Hill for NIH research funds by telling her personal story. She loves camp, soccer, lacrosse, playing with her friends and her dogs.

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