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Welcome to the website for the Rockford Area Celiac Sprue Association.  If you have items to add, just email them!  If you are not on our mailing list yet, send an email and I'll get you added.  Send emails to RockfordCSA@yahoo.com.

NEW - Recent Newsletters will now be available on the "Recent News" page.

New restaurant addition: Baci's Kitchen at 2990 N. Perryville Road, Rockford, IL  815-329-6922.

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2018 Meetings
bulletWednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: OSF St. Anthony Hospital
           5666 E. State St. Rockford, IL
           Foundation Room (lower level)

Please join us!

2018 Dues are Now Due

Dues for 2018 are $15.00 per year. 
See payment instructions on Recent News page.

Our Purpose

bulletTo help people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivty, Dermadermatitis Herpetiformis,or anyone following a gluten-free diet, live a happy and healthy gluten-free life.
bullet Living with celiac disease requires some lifestyle changes, but that doesn't mean you have to feel deprived. As you learn about your diet, you'll discover that -- with a little planning -- you can continue doing just about anything. One of our goals is to help you find ways to enjoy whatever lifestyle you choose.
bulletThe group meets every other month and has several newsletters per year.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease (CD) is also referred to as gluten sensitive enteropathy, gluten intolerance, or celiac sprue. It is considered to be the most under-diagnosed common disease today, potentially affecting 1 in every 133 people in the USA. It is a chronic, autoimmune, inherited disease, and if untreated can ultimately lead to malnutrition. Gluten intolerance is the result of an immune-mediated response to the ingestion of gluten (from wheat, rye, oats, and barley) that damages the small intestine. Nutrients are then quickly passed through the small intestine, rather than being absorbed. To develop celiac disease three things must be present: 1) you must inherit the gene, 2) consume gluten, and 3) have the gene triggered. Common triggers may include stress, trauma (surgeries, pregnancy, etc.), and viral infections. Approximately 1 in 20 first-degree relatives could have CD triggered in their lifetime. The disease is permanent and damage to the small intestine will occur every time you consume gluten, regardless if symptoms are present. For more information, click on the "Celiac Disease" button.

Contact Us

bulletPresident - Sandy Leitz - 608-201-4907
bulletVice Pres. - Kathy Gasparini - 815-871-3533
bulletTreasurer - Judy Heinke - 815-540-0677
bulletSecretary - Jolyn Jensen - 815-289-8092
bulletBaking/Cooking Questions -
     Desa Cuifo - 815-732-6978 or
     Betty Welsh - 815-633-6582
bulletEmail - RockfordCSA@yahoo.com

"The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them."

Bernard Baruch


Address Change?
If you have a change of address or wish to stop receiving this newsletter, please notify me so that we are not wasting the postage sending to an incorrect or unwanted address. Special thanks to Rockford Gastro for doing the mailing for us!

Would you prefer getting the newsletter by email, either instead of by paper or in addition to paper. If you want to be put on a list to try receiving it this way, send an email to RockfordCSA@yahoo.com and put “Newsletter” in the Subject line. (OR CLICK HERE) Make sure you have your name in the body of the email so I know who you are and whether or not you would still like one mailed to you. It will be in Word. Thanks!

Mailing Address:
Rockford Celiac Sprue Association
2420 Burrmont Road
Rockford, IL  61107

Disclaimer: All recommendations, information, dietary suggestions, product news, menus, recipes and related data generated by the Rockford Area Chapter of the Celiac Sprue Association are intended for the benefit of our members and other interested parties. The text has not been submitted for approval to the CSA/USA medical board. Products mentioned or omitted do not constitute an endorsement of that product. Food manufacturer’s products are subject to formula change at any time, changes that may or may not be reflected on labels. Neither the Rockford Area Celiac Sprue Association or any of its members assume liability for the use of this information. Reproduction of any material is allowed and is offered to facilitate exchange of celiac information. If you find a technical mistake, please notify an officer so that a correction can be passed on to the members.