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Informational Event and Gluten Free Food Preparation Demonstration Hosted by St. Anthony Community Hospital

Informational Event and Gluten Free Food Preparation Demonstration Hosted by St. Anthony Community Hospital

WARWICK (June 14) – There are currently no medications that cure or control celiac disease, an auto immune digestive disorder that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. The only control is to remain on a strict gluten free diet.

On Wednesday evening, June 12, St. Anthony Community Hospital hosted a free celiac disease informational event and gluten free food preparation demonstration in the Greenbriar Room at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY.

Lead dietitian Janine Killeen RD,CDE,CDN a Morrison Management Specialist from St. Anthony Community Hospital, gave an entertaining and informative presentation explaining that people with celiac disease who eat food containing gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and many processed foods, experience an immune reaction in their small intestine. That, in turn, causes damage to the inner surface of the small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients. Poor compliance to diet can result in weight loss, malnutrition, anemia, abdominal bloating, gas and diarrhea and even death.

“This was a very informative event, especially for those new to this disease,“ said one of the guests, Pam Scotto, director of the Orange County Celiac Support Group. “When I was diagnosed 16 years ago I did not have a dietician like Janine to help me and the gluten free food products tasted awful. Now it’s much different and there are lots of healthy and good tasting products available.”
 
During the evening special guest Carmela Decker, a Culinary Institute of America graduate and owner of Senza Glutine by Carmela, a gluten free baked confections and homemade foods company, fielded questions while demonstrating how to prepare a gluten free salad with dressing. All guests at the well attended event were then invited to sample her tasty and gluten free dishes including salad, garlic bread, eggplant ptarmigan and chicken with gluten free pasta in garlic sauce.

“The food preparation demonstration and tasting was wonderful,” said Killeen. “Self-management in celiac disease is a way of making decisions to fill your prescription for a new healthy lifestyle. Educating yourself on a gluten free lifestyle is an important and essential first step. And even individuals who have not been diagnosed with celiac disease may find removing some or most gluten from their diets healing since they may have a wheat or gluten intolerance or sensitivity.”

Informational events and healthy cooking demonstrations are periodically offered as a community service for the general public at St. Anthony Community Hospital.



About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.  

The Health System, which draws its name from its two Catholic sponsors, the Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com.



PHOTOS:

1.    On Wednesday evening, June 12, St. Anthony Community Hospital hosted a free celiac disease informational event and gluten free food preparation demonstration in the Greenbriar Room at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY.

2.    Carmela Decker, a Culinary Institute of America graduate and owner of Senza Glutine by Carmela, a gluten free baked confections and homemade foods company, fielded questions while demonstrating how to prepare a gluten free salad with dressing.

3.    Carmela Decker, a Culinary Institute of America graduate and owner of Senza Glutine by Carmela, a gluten free baked confections and homemade foods company, fielded questions while demonstrating how to prepare a gluten free salad with dressing.

4.    From left, Morrison Management Food Service Team members: Janine Killeen, lead registered dietitian of St. Anthony Community Hospital and Warwick Campus; Stacy Lynch, Morrison Management Food Service secretary; dietetic student Gigi Fried, RD and Lynn Palmieri, DTR.

5.    Lead dietitian Janine Killeen RD,CDE,CDN a Morrison Management Specialist from St. Anthony Community Hospital, gave an entertaining and informative power point presentation using visual aids.

6.    Lead dietitian Janine Killeen RD,CDE,CDN a Morrison Management Specialist from St. Anthony Community Hospital, gave an entertaining and informative power point presentation using visual aids.

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