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AbbVie and Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (CFRI) Team Up to Raise Awareness of the Nutritional Needs of CF Patients through the CFChef Shares Program
Date:8/1/2014

can be accessed here: www.Chef4CF.com/recipes/.

"CFChef Shares aims to help CF patients find support, nutritional recipes and meal tips," said Jim Hynd, vice president, GI Care. "Over the last 20 years, AbbVie has demonstrated its commitment to supporting the unique needs of CF patients, and partnerships like this help to emphasize the importance of nutrition in this community."

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the respiratory, reproductive and digestive systems of approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. More than 70 percent of people with CF are diagnosed by age two. Today, more than 45 percent of people living with CF are aged 18 or older.

In patients with CF, a thick, sticky mucus is produced in certain organs throughout the body, most commonly the lungs and digestive system, including the pancreas.  Many people living with CF are unable to properly digest food because of the thick mucus in the digestive system. Additionally, the pancreas does not produce enough digestive pancreatic enzymes in these patients, causing malabsorption of the calories and nutrients (vitamins and minerals) in food. To achieve proper nutrition, individuals with CF need to consume more calories than a person without the disease.

About CFChef
CFChef is an online nutrition website to help people living with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their families better understand the unique nutritional needs of people living with the disease. In addition to serving as an educational resource, CFChef aims to raise awareness of the importance of good nutritional habits and provide a place where families, friends and caregivers of people with CF can share recipes and get updated nutrition tips and guidance.  To learn more visit, CFChef at www.Chef4CF.com.

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