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Grandview Terrace Goes Gluten-Free

Apr 30, 2013 06:23PM

Grandview Terrace, one of three Sun Health Senior Living communities, has become the state’s first and only continuing care retirement community (CCRC) to earn gluten-free certification for kitchen and dining staff from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA).

“The process of creating and serving a gluten-free menu was no small undertaking,” says Terry Wallace, director of dining services. “It required us to change the way we do things, but the end result and being able to better serve our residents is most certainly worth the effort. In fact, the individual who sparked our gluten-free initiative is now a resident!”

The measure to achieve gluten-free certification was a response to the precise dietary restrictions and requirements of a Grandview Terrace resident with celiac disease. For those with celiac disease, gluten can damage the small intestine and interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. The National Institutes of Health reports that one in 141 Americans suffers from celiac disease, which is becoming increasingly common and on track to become a major public health issue.

For more information, call 623-975-8014 or visit SunHealth.org.

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