June 27, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn.—The Maury Regional Medical Center Celiac Support Group will meet on Tuesday, July 12, at 5:00 p.m. in the medical center’s first floor conference room for a group discussion on favorite meals.

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. 

“If you have celiac disease or prepare food for family members with the disease, you know what a challenge it can be to plan an entire meal with gluten-free foods,” said Cindy Dugger, chief dietitian at the medical center. “At the upcoming meeting, we will discuss some popular meals for those affected by celiac disease.” Laura Hill, a dietary student, will provide examples of menus based on gluten-free foods.

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