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America's Universities Receive Poor Grades on the Subject of Gluten-Free

nfca AMERICA'S UNIVERSITIES RECEIVE POOR GRADES ON THE SUBJECT OF GLUTEN-FREE A recent survey from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) shows the majority of colleges and universities provide limited access to gluten-free dining options, posing a health threat to students. NFCA surveyed nearly 1,000 gluten-free students throughout the country. At Home Inside the Classroom 58% students surveyed identified Almost one in two or 42% of students weren't diagnosed until arriving at college. themselves as having celiac disease. 39% identified themselves as having non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Dining Hall 61% said the Dining Services Director was not aware or only somewhat aware of nutritional information related to a gluten-free diet. 61% dining hal. said they are uncomfortable eating in the hall. On Campus 40% who contacted a university administrator felt the official did not have sufficient knowledge about their gluten-free diet. 89% students were not offered housing that would give them access to a kitchenette that could 38% be kept gluten-free. said they never eat in the dining hall. 64% students said there is no gluten-free club on campus. .- --- --- Glutened: The act of unintentionally ingesting gluten in a food product. Symptoms of glutening include fatigue, gastrointestinal upset, migraines, and joint pain. Symptoms can last for hours or days. University Slow to Expand Vocabulary 42% 15% of students said they of students said they have been glutened from eating at a dining hall or foodservice establish- reported missing 60% class as a result of visited Health Services 1%, being glutened. due to gluten ingestion. ment on campus. The cost for a university According to The College Board, the average costs of tuition, fees, room and to complete gluten-free board for a private, non-profit 4-year Can Universities Afford to igore these students? training and become an college was $39,518 for 2012-2013. NFCA GREAT School is as little as $15O. The College Board's Trends in College Pricing, 2012 National Foundation for Celiac Awareness – I Twitter: @CeliacAwareness I Facebook:

America's Universities Receive Poor Grades on the Subject of Gluten-Free

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