AUBURN, Wash. (Feb. 1, 2018)—The Gluten Intolerance Group’s (GIG) Generation GF, a program designed for gluten-free kids, teens and young adults, will hold its inaugural Gluten-Free Teen Summit and Family Retreat at the Hilton Disney Springs in Orlando, Fla., from June 27–30, 2018. The goal of the summit is to provide a platform for gluten-free teens, young adults and their families to discuss topics relevant to them as they face the everyday challenges of being a teenager following a restricted diet.
The Gluten-Free Teen Summit and Family Retreat will feature top experts in both, the gluten-free industry and associated medical fields, as well as esteemed college and educational speakers who will discuss the social and emotional challenges faced by teens who follow specialized diets. Additional topics discussed will include how to navigate being gluten-free at school, tips for selecting the right college or university and how teens can use social media to empower and enhance their gluten-free life.
Notable speakers and session leaders include Dr. Deena Abbe, PhD., a licensed psychologist with Long Island Family Therapy; Dr. Anne Lee, nutritionist at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University; Emil Topel, senior executive chef at Auburn University; Michele Lefebvre, RD, CDN, director of nutrition for Cornell Dining at Cornell University; Aneta Reska, MS, RD, in-house dietitian for Dr. Schar USA, Inc.; and influential bloggers and entrepreneurs in the gluten-free community Erica Dermer (Celiac & The Beast), Taylor Miller (HaleLife) and Casey Cromwell (College Celiac).
The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Peter Green, director of The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. The summit will also include Peer Panel discussions and Parent Round Table groups. A welcome reception, family pool party, innovative gluten-free meals and some Disney Magic are also planned for the event.
“We are excited to host what we know will be a dynamic and informative summit that will provide critical resources and support for our young people navigating the need to live gluten-free,” said Chris Rich, vice president of development, GIG. “It will be the first event of its kind that brings leading experts in the field and families together with a singular focus on the special needs of our gluten-free teens.”
GIG’s Generation GF program is designed to build confidence in kids, teens and young adults, helping them develop them into future leaders of the gluten-free community. Generation GF offers local groups around the nation with curriculums designed to address the needs and challenges that gluten-free youth face in everyday life.
Read full press release here: Teen Summit Speakers – Press Release