Gluten Intolerance Group’s Lola O’Rourke, MS, RDN, Presents How to Recognize Gluten Sensitivity in Children at Virtual NASN2021

AUBURN, Wash. (August 10, 2021) — The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)’s education coordinator, Lola O’Rourke, MS, RDN, presented Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity in School-age Kids: Symptoms, Prevalence and Support Resources at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) virtual conference, an annual event that brings together school nurses and others in the school community. O’Rourke discussed the importance of recognizing possible signs of gluten sensitivity in children. Those who registered for the event will have access to O’Rourke’s presentation until Thursday, September 23, 2021.

A key point O’Rourke made in her presentation was the importance of increasing awareness of gluten-related disorders among school nurses and other health professionals to mitigate the adverse health and quality of life outcomes that come with a delayed diagnosis. She also discussed the need to increase access to educational and support resources, such as those provided by GIG, stressing that reducing the psychological burden of eating gluten-free enhances the quality of life among school-age children with gluten-related disorders. Helping school nurses become aware of the signs of gluten intolerance is an important step toward improving the lives of children and teens with gluten sensitivities.

GIG, an organization designed to make the lives of gluten-free individuals easier, empowers the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy and education. GIG has many resources available for kids and teens that are living with gluten sensitivities, including GIG’s Generation GF, a connected community for gluten-free teens and youth providing mentorship programs, summer camps and an annual teen summit.  


About the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association funded by private donations, sponsorship opportunities and food safety programs. It relies on tax-deductible contributions to support its many innovative industry, service, social and awareness programs. GIG has been a highly respected leader in the gluten-free community since it was founded in 1974. In addition to more than 80 local support groups across the United States, GIG has increased its presence internationally to 47 countries. GIG empowers the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy and education. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of GIG, is a leader in the verification of quality, integrity and purity of gluten-free products. The Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) program is a proven model of established best practices for foodservice facilities offering gluten-free options. GIG is committed to ongoing food safety research to assure customers and consumers the highest level of excellence in its gluten-free programs and services. For information, visit



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