Welcome to the Southern Arizona Celiac Support Group

Have you been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? If so, we're here to help you. SACS offers general meetings and a monthly roundtable with information on protecting your health by living gluten free. We also sponsor monthly dining out and lunch groups and we offer a newsletter with gluten-free information and many helpful tips.

News and Events

For a full schedule of support group events please see our calendar.

We've Moved!

We have transitioned from CSA (which dissolved in May 2017) to the Gluten Intolerance Group. The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has been supporting the gluten-free community through consumer support, advocacy, and education for over four decades. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (one of the top certification programs in the world--certifying to 10 ppm) and the Gluten-Free Food Service Certification Program are both programs of GIG. They offer Generation GF for kids, teens, and young adults with gluten-related sensitivities.

What this means to you:

  • We will no longer collect membership dues, (GIG and it's branches are supported by donations.)
  • We will continue to provide the same service and support (roundtable, lunch/dinning groups and general meetings).
  • If you want to be placed on our local mailing list just contact us and give us your email address
  • You can join GIG (our new parent organization) to receive Celebrate Gluten-Free eMagazine (view past issues) every six weeks as well as email with information and discounts. Sign up for GIG for free
  • Gluten-free kids, teens, and young adults receive a quarterly copy of Generation GF Magazine. Sign up for Generation GF for free

Ongoing Events

See our calendar for monthly details. Dates may change due to unusual circumstances, so please double check.

Gluten-Free Lunch Bunch

On the second Friday of the month we meet for lunch at a different restaurant offering gluten-free food.

Fourth Tuesday Dining

Join us for a gluten-free dinner every fourth Tuesday.

Roundtable

Monthly on the fourth Wednesday we meet at Ward 6 City Hall near Speedway & Country Club.

Symptom Checklist

With the kind permission of Dr. Peter H.R. Green we are able to reproduce the symptoms checklist from his book Celiac Disease—A Hidden Epidemic. Use it to see if you should talk to your doctor about testing for celiac disease. We've also attached a diagram showing the steps to arrive at a diagnosis. Note that not every doctor will follow exactly this sequence, but you should be insistent on following up with all tests needed to establish for certain if you do or don't have celiac disease.

It's not just about "wheat"

We want to remind everyone with celiac disease or on a gluten-free diet that ALL types of wheat, by any name, contain gluten at levels harmful to anyone who is sensitive to it. This includes: Bulgur, common or bread wheat, Durum, Einkorn, Emmer, Kamut, Semolina and Spelt and any other type of wheat (any member of the genus Triticum). Be wary of any claims to the contrary.

Our parent organization, the Gluten Intolerance Group, has a web page outlining gluten-free grains with a description and suggestions on how to use them.

Gluten-Free School Lunches

The diet.com blog recently posted an article on school lunchs and making sure they are gluten free. The include suggestions on how to ensure that your child receives gluten-free meals at school. There's also a good article from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness on gluten-free lunch guidelines and how to navigate the requirements of your school.

Contact Us

Your comments and requests for information are welcome. Contact us by telephone, email or online form.

Last modified on July 09 2017.

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