September 30, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn.—The Maury Regional Medical Center Celiac Support Group will meet on Tuesday, October 11, at 5:00 p.m. in the medical center’s Private Dining Room Two for a program titled “Tis the Season”.

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one of every 133 people in America live with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley and rye.


The cornerstone of treatment is a gluten-free diet in which all foods that contain wheat, rye and barley are avoided. These foods include most grains, pasta, cereal and many processed foods. When gluten is removed from the diet, the small intestine will start to heal and overall health improves. 

According to Cindy Dugger, chief dietitian at the medical center, the upcoming meeting will focus on gluten-free holiday recipes. “The holiday season can present extra challenges for meal preparation,” said Dugger. “We encourage those affected by celiac disease to join us in learning about foods that can be enjoyed during the holidays. Those who attend are also invited to bring their own favorite holiday recipes to share.”

To find out moreabout celiac disease or the Maury Regional Celiac Support Group, call 931.381.1111, extension 1275.