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Cynthia Kupper
Executive Director
Gluten Intolerance Group
(253) 883-6655


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Local Gluten-Free Event Promotes Health and Wellness on June 16

(Auburn, Wash., May 31, 2012) — Seattle-area residents following gluten-free diets and those interested in overall health and wellness will have an opportunity to learn more about the gluten-free lifestyle through cooking demonstrations, sampling products and talking with diet and exercise experts during the Gluten-Free Health and Wellness Experience, June 16, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 18740 International Boulevard in Seattle (map).

The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG) based in Auburn, Wash. is sponsoring the event. GIG, founded in 1974, was the first gluten-free organization of its kind.

Today, it is estimated that one in 133 Americans has celiac disease, which is a chronic and permanent sensitivity to the food protein gluten and according to, the most common genetic disorder in North America and Europe. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye.

"While celiac disease is a serious medical condition, many are choosing to eat gluten-free. Whatever an individual’s reason may be for living gluten-free, it is important for them to have accurate nutritional information," said Cynthia Kupper, GIG executive director. "Our June 16 event will give Seattle-area residents the knowledge and tools to live healthy, balanced lives."

Attending the event will help individuals learn to maintain or improve their health through speaker presentations on a variety of topics including generalized information on wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity, encouraging children to form healthy eating habits, adjusting recipes to fit a gluten-free diet, yoga and the benefits of adequate sleep.

Iris Higgins and Brittany Angell, co-authors of two gluten-free cookbooks and avid gluten-free bloggers, will be discussing ways to modify recipes to make them gluten-free in their Gluten-Free Baking 101 presentation to be held at 2:45 p.m. on June 16.  

"Eating gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite family recipes when baking," Higgins said. "We will teach people simple substitution tips to stay true to a recipe’s taste, but make it safe for gluten-sensitive individuals."

Other presentations throughout the day will include:

Exhibits featuring gluten-free baked goods, pizza, supplements and other products will be on display at the event. Free health screenings for body mass index, blood pressure, diabetes and bone density will also be offered.

Low bone density is a common symptom of celiac disease and this screening can provide attendees information on whether to pursue further examination from a doctor.

Special guests at the event will include Danny Bonaduce from KZOK-FM; his niece CC Bonaduce, who has celiac disease and writes about her gluten-free diet in a blog; and Mrs. Alaska International 2012, Brandy Wendler, who has celiac disease and has lived gluten-free for three years.

Tickets to the event are $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 11-17 and free for children 10 and younger.

Those interested in attending can register online and see a full schedule at or purchase tickets at the door the day of the event.

About the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America

GIG provides information, education and support on gluten-free living to individuals with gluten-related conditions, health care professionals and the general public.

GIG and its 75 branch affiliates provide people with information on how to live a healthy life with gluten intolerances, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

GIG, founded in 1974, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Auburn, Wash.

Additional information about GIG and its programs offered on international, national and local levels, is available at

GIG’s fact sheet and executive director biography can be found at


Understanding the difference between food allergy, intolerance and sensitivity will be discussed by Dr. Stephen Wangen, author of Healthier Without Wheat, during the June 16 Health and Wellness Experience sponsored by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG),

A demonstration of healthy cooking and eating for children will be presented by Amie Valpone, personal chef and culinary nutritionist. See other demos, exhibits and health screenings happening at the Gluten-Free Health and Wellness Experience on June 16

Iris Higgins (above) and Brittany Angell (below), gluten-free cookbook authors and bloggers, will demonstrate how to modify favorite recipes for gluten-free baking during the Gluten-Free Health and Wellness Experience, June 16, 2:45 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Seattle, sponsored by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America based in Auburn, Wash.

Brittany Angell