Colorado Springs has a lot of great resources to meet fellow gluten-freers. There are local and National organizations with opportunities for participation. You can also use social media to connect to your favorite bloggers and gluten-free-friendly groups and businesses.
This is a local Colorado Springs group with regular meetups, currently led by Marie Pizzolatto. Don't miss the upcoming January Meeting, Saturday, January 12th, 2013. The group is catching up at the King Soopers at Stetson Hills and Powers at 10:30 am. The discussion will be about the available gluten-free products as well as gluten-free shopping strategies. Don't miss this group of great LOCAL people!
The Gluten Intolerance Group(GIG) is a national non-profit group that helps to support and encourage the gluten-free community through education and community support. They do have local branches, the nearest branch is in Pueblo. You can get more information about the Pueblo branches activities here.
The Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) also devotes their efforts and resources to encouraging the community and supporting companies that contribute the well being of the gluten-intolerant community.
The Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) helps to regulate products that claim to be gluten-free. When you see a product in the store, you may notice a CDF label on it. This is just one service that this organization provides. They also work within communities to connect and educate individuals. At this time, there is not a Colorado Springs branch. The nearest branch is in Denver.
Looking for community pages to like on Facebook? One of the best resources for regular gluten-free updates is Living Gluten-Free. A few others to look at are: Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Center for Celiac Research, and Families Living with Celiac Disease Support Group. Some notable Twitter feeds to follow are: @WholeFoods, @JulesGlutenFree and @IsGlutenFree. If you have other great resources, please post them in comments below or email them directly to me.
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