By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

 Last week many celiacs across the United States were happy to hear that the US senate had designated September 13th, 2012 as “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day”.

September 13th was chosen as the date as it is the birth date of Samuel Gee. Samuel was a pediatrician who published the first complete clinical description of celiac disease back in 1888. He was also the first to recognize that the symptoms of celiac disease are related to the diet.

The resolution was submitted by Senator Nelson of Nebraska. The Senate “recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease (and) calls upon the people of the United States to observe National Celiac Disease Awareness Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Whilst the US continues to lag behind much of the world due to the lack of gluten free labeling legislation, this designation of a National Celiac Disease Awareness Day is a step towards celiac disease being taken seriously and hopefully a step closer to a nation wide gluten-free labeling law.

What are your thoughts on this? What do you think are the best ways to raise awareness of celiac disease?

 

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112sres550ats/pdf/BILLS-112sres550ats.pdf