Children and young people in Rotherham who suffer from Coeliac disease, a digestive disorder, have taken part in free cook and eat classes using naturally gluten free foods this February half-term at Wickersley School and Sports College.
The children’s Dietitians from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust provided children with coeliac disease with a fun and educational session to teach them about: eating ‘5 a day’, naturally gluten free foods, avoiding cross contamination and calcium rich foods, whilst enjoying cooking.
Janet Gomm, Advanced Paediatric Dietitian said: “All children and young people with coeliac disease are required to attend a dietetic annual review and we wanted to provide them with an opportunity to do this in an innovative and fun way. Treatment of coeliac disease needs a strict lifelong gluten free diet and we want to give young people in Rotherham a good start in life.
“We’ve held gluten free open days for the past three years, which have always been popular with our patients, so we wanted to provide something specifically aimed at our younger patients which would expand the children’s knowledge of managing the disease and encourage them to enjoy cooking using gluten free foods."
In addition to the cookery classes, an interactive education station helped the children to ensure they get the right intake of calcium rich foods to lower the increased risk they face from calcium deficiency.
The day was split into two sessions; morning for primary age children and afternoon for secondary school age children, making sure that they enjoyed the session and got the right level of information.
Lisa Parkin and son, Samuel attended the afternoon session and were able to cook a gluten free pasta dish, pizza and scones! Lisa said: "This was the first time that Sam has ever really cooked and he really enjoyed it. It was great to try the different products.
"Sam was only diagnosed last year and this session has been really good in helping us to get our head around it".