The 16th Annual GERD Awareness Week is November 22-28, 2015. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a very common disorder. Each year during the week of Thanksgiving, IFFGD encourages people experiencing the symptoms, which may be GERD-related, to consult their physicians and to contact us to receive information and support regarding the condition.
IFFGD first designated GERD Awareness Week in November 1999. The event is listed on the U.S. National Health Observances calendar. Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns. Health professionals, teachers, community groups, and others can use these special times to sponsor health promotion events and stimulate awareness of health issues.
How can you get involved
The more we work together to raise awareness for GERD, the greater our ability to impact positive outcomes, such as additional research, increased educational opportunities, and improved patient care for the functional GI community. Here are a few things you can do to help educate others and raise awareness for GERD in your community:
- Check out these commonly asked questions about GERD.
- Download and share this free copy of our GERD brochure to help others learn about the condition.
- For health care professionals, printed GERD Health Fair Kits are also available for purchase in our Library (free for professional members).
- Use our press release, 15 Tips to Keep Reflux at Bay during 15th Annual GERD Awareness Week, to educate your community about managing GERD symptoms during the holiday.
- Download our free introductory packet on GERD.
- Join IFFGD and use your voice to make a difference.
- Find other resources to raise awareness for GERD Awareness Week, like flyers and a link to contact your legislator.
- Find IFFGD on Facebook and Twitter and join the conversation.
Additional information about GERD is available on our websites and in our Learning Center about:
- Goal of GERD Treatment
- Daily living with GERD
- GERD in children
- View IFFGD publications about GERD
- 7-day Diary: Helps people keep track of specific food items and circumstances related to episodes of heartburn.
Did you know – heartburn is not the only symptom of GERD
Chronic heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD. Acid regurgitation (refluxed material into the mouth) is another common symptom. But numerous less common symptoms other than heartburn may be associated with GERD. Find out more here.