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:

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Additional information about GERD is available on our websites and in our Learning Center about:

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.

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What it means to be an advocate – someone who speaks out and works with others to create meaningful, positive change. Let your voice be heard.

Taking Action for Digestive Health

The Functional GI and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015

GERD Awareness Week