The 17th Annual GERD Awareness Week is November 20-26, 2016. 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).
  • Download our free introductory packet on GERD.
  • Join with 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.

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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.

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) is a nonprofit education and research organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by chronic digestive conditions. Founded in 1991, IFFGD helps improve care by enhancing awareness, educating individuals, and supporting research into treatments and cures for GI disorders. Additional information about GERD and other chronic digestive disorders is available on IFFGD's websites at or

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The Functional GI and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act of 2015

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