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Gluten-free focused businesses to be showcased at DeWitt Library

— The DeWitt Community Library will host a free informational event on Gluten Free Living and Celiac Disease at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Librarian assistant Kelly Sickler, diagnosed with Celiac Disease earlier this year, knows firsthand the challenge of finding foods that will not aggravate the condition. Her successful search for gluten-free food in Syracuse area restaurants and grocery stores led her to create the program.

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Kelly Sickler

“I wanted to share what I’d found with other Central New Yorker’s who might also be searching for gluten-free alternatives,” Sickler said. “I was pleased to discover a few local food purveyors who cater to the gluten-free diet. Celiac Disease is more common than one would think.”

Participating vendors include CNY Celiac Support Group, Gluten Free Epiphany, Green Hills Supermarket, Nature-Tyme, and Yum-Yum’s Gluten Free Bakery. Gluten-free food samples will be available as well as free copies of Gluten-Free Living magazine. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with the vendors and gather information on food recommended for those suffering from Celiac disease and needing a gluten-free lifestyle.

According to the CNY Celiac Support group website an estimated three million Americans have Celiac Disease — and the vast majority don’t know they have the disease because it can have no symptoms or mimic other diseases.

The library has begun to gather a non-fiction collection on this topic which cardholders are welcome to check out.

Registration for the program is encouraged; call 446-3578 or register online at dewlib.org. The DeWitt Community Library is located at ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. East, DeWitt.

Carol Youngs is a public relations specialist for DeWitt Community Library.

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