July 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM
BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School senior Michele Bender is preparing to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award by teaching others about Celiac disease.
Bender, who has had Celiac disease her whole life, has been on a gluten-free diet for almost 11 years. Her Gold Award is designed to spread awareness about the disease, and help people who are skeptical about being on a gluten-free diet.
“My project is not meant to encourage the diet,” she said. “It is meant to clarify miscommunications about it and help educate people on whether or not they are making the right choice by going gluten-free.”
Bender said her project involves going to different stores and libraries in the area to spread the information. Her display will be set up Aug. 3 at the Bridgewater Township Library, and stay up throughout the whole month of August.
Bender said the display will be a poster and pamphlets that she created herself. The pamphlets, she said, are a way for people to take home the information.
“I’m hoping to spread awareness that going gluten-free is related to Celiac disease,” she said. “It will provide information on Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and set straight any misconceptions about the benefits of going gluten-free by choice.”