Hartford CT Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event 2015

Come Enjoy Every Delicious Bite...
Hartford Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

October 17, 2015
10 am - 3 pm

Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport

28 Day Hill Rd,
Windsor, CT 06095

$10 per adult
Children under 13 are FREE to enter
$8 Military/Senior/Student (at door with ID)
FREE Parking


Director of Nutritional Services 
1050 Wall Street West 
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

Anne Lee is the Director of Nutritional Services for Dr. Schar USA. Previously she was the nutritionist at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University where she was involved in patient care, and research. Her research has resulted in published articles on the effect of a gluten-free diet on the quality of life, the nutritional adequacy of the gluten-free diet, and the economic impact of a gluten-free diet. Most recently, she collaborated on a study on the cross-contamination of inherently gluten-free grains. She has authored chapters on celiac disease in nutrition textbooks as well as co-authored a chapter in a gastroenterology text. Anne has developed numerous educational materials on the gluten free diet for patients and both clinical and food service professionals. Anne has been an ADA member for many years and has reviewed the chapters on celiac disease for the ADA on-line nutrition care manual. She is also a member of the ADA Gluten Intolerance Work Group who developed the Gluten Intolerance tool kit.

Bruce Homstead MS, RDN, LDN, AFMCP
President, Board of Directors, Celiac Support Association

Heather Jacobsen is a researcher, author and founder of the online wellness magazine, Stuffed Pepper.

Heather is interested in how our modern diet is affecting chronic disease. She considers herself an "accidental nutritionist," having learned more about nutrition than she ever set out to do, after delving into the medical literature regarding gluten, grains, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. She shares this information for free on Stuffed Pepper (stuffed-pepper.com), and in the easy-to-digest compilation, GOING GLUTEN-FREE: 7 Surprising Facts You Should Know if You Want to Achieve Dietary Success.

Jenna Drew has been active in Gluten Free and Celiac Disease Awareness since 2007, her most prominent event was the first annual Celiac Awareness Night with the Pittsburgh Pirates. She officially was introduced to Celiac Disease in 2007 as her mother underwent a very slow and painful diagnosis. After having a gene panel test, Jenna was surprised to learn that she inherited the gene for both Celiac Disease and Lymphoma. She began following a strict gluten free diet in 2009 after her Celiac Disease diagnosis and symptoms of needing a gluten free diet became severe through rapid weight loss, unbearable migraines and more.

The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet supports delicious eating that is gluten, grain, soy, and poultry free. Jen Cuevas experienced her own journey to wellness by eating this way, and desires to share the message that life can still be delicious!

Just a few short years ago, Jen was ill with a multitude of issues (although not typical “Celiac” symptoms), including high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, sudden weight gain [over 60 pounds], Hashimoto’s, and arthritis (read more of her story here). After more than seven frustrating visits with various doctors, she finally learned about her gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease. In becoming well, she found that life without gluten was really great from a health perspective, but affected everything else that had a social factor.

In the time since her diagnosis, Jen has spent a lot of time learning. She was treated by Dr. Glen Aukerman (author: Better Health in 120 days) and attended all of his classes to understand the medical aspect of how various foods affect gluten sensitivity. After further health issues inspired her to do more research, Jen went completely grain and soy free in 2012, and became a certified coach under the direction of Gluten Free Society. She uses her own health journey to coach and inspire others to consider dietary changes as a way to achieve optimum health. In 2013 she established a support group, and found that food availability continued to be the biggest barrier to success. She began developing food products that support a grain-free, soy-free and even dairy-free lifestyle; many items are allergy-friendly and are free of refined sugars. She also offers allergen-free Communion to churches, raising awareness about the effects of gluten exposure.

As a single mother, Author, Celiac, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker & International Radio Talk Show Host. Rustie is a lover of life who continues to challenge herself by sharing her abilities with the International Community in efforts to help others “Live and Thrive” in the ever changing world we live in. Humor, Grace, and Compassion fills each show with a welcomed lightness.

CJ is a content marketer and author, who fell into wheatlnessness one May six years ago when she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She is now a nutrition consultant as well, and is the founder and author of Tumbling Gluten Free, both a nutrition business and blog. She has worked with schools and community co-ops, as well as restaurants and bed and breakfast establishments to teach and instate safe food preparation practices as a consultant.

CJ is constantly curious about the opportunities gained by the tumble with a disease that affects nutrition and digestion. Through her blog Tumbling Gluten Free, and freelance writing, she explores the psychological impact of food on community, loves supporting sustainable living and local farms, and offers her readers and clients inspiration, quirky and multi-cultural recipes, and a flexible approach to living that leads to whole foods fueling a whole life.
CJ Williams Tumbling Gluten Free ( http://tumblingglutenfree.blogspot.com ) @TumblingGF

                                                       Nikki Everett

Director Event Coordination GF/AF Wellness Events & Chapter Leader of R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids). Nikki uses her vast knowledge as an advocate for the gluten/allergen free community on behalf of her daughter who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008. She recognized her daughter's grief process through her support group background as a teenager.

Nikki's mother became a regional leader for Compassionate Friends, a national support group for bereaved families, when Nikki was only 11 years old. She went on to become a youth peer support group leader by 14 years of age. Her presentation to the NC State Board of Education helped open the door for peer support groups throughout Middle and High Schools across the state. Nikki carried on this legacy as an adult by chartering R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) for Charlotte, NC in 2009. 


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