Poughkeepsie, NY-April 23, 2012–The Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley, the region’s leading Gastroenterology Medical Practice, is putting its digestive muscle behind the First Annual Mid-Hudson Walk for Celiac Disease, Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Walkway over theHudson.
The Walk will kick off on theHighlandside of the bridge with registration at 9 am and a 10 am start.  Pre-Registration is $20. The cost is $25 to register the day of the event.
The Walk will be followed by a Gluten-Free Fair with music, information and gluten-free food.
“This is the first event of its kind to benefit the fight against Celiac Disease, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” says Dr. Ravi Hotchandani, a board-certified gastroenterologist withDigestiveDiseaseCenter. “Celiac Disease often goes undiagnosed, so we hope to educate people and raise money for support and research in the Hudson Valley community at the same time.”
More than 2-million Americans suffer from Celiac Disease, a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients in food.  People who have Celiac Disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye and barley.
Sponsored by Lite 92.1, Shop Rite Supermarkets, Main Printing, Prometheus Laboratories and Dutchess ProPrint, the event proceeds will benefit the Celiac Disease Foundation, Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter and the ongoing research programs of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.
To register for the Walk for Celiac Disease or to make a donation, visit digestivediseaseny.com. For sponsorship or vending opportunities, call Tifany Green at 845-380-4156.  Like us on facebook!