Expo Educates Community about Celiac Disease, Food Allergies

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

The community got a lesson Saturday on food allergies at the 4th annual Wisconsin Celiac and Food Allergy Expo at the Patriot Center in Rothschild.

According to the Food and Allergy Anaphalaxis Network, 15 million Americans suffer from some type of food allergy, an that includes one in 13 children.

That's why organizers of Saturday's event say this kind of awareness is incredibly important for helping people recognize the symptoms of a food allergy, and then working with them to change their diet or surroundings.

"There are so many products in a classroom alone that contain gluten. All the way from the glue, to the Play-Doh, to possibly a noodle table that it would have for like a preschool setting," event coordinator Jennifer Knauf said. "So a lot of it is about going into the community and going into the schools and educating people on what is this gluten, where can we find it, and where are these allergines that these children are allergic to."

Nearly 30 booths set up throughout the day for people to sample and buy dairy free and peanut free food, as well as try gluten free products, which help people with Celiac's disease because their bodies can't digest the protein in gluten.

Saturday's event also included demonstrations on how to use an EpiPen, and educational talks from local health experts.

For more information, go to expowi.com

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