Jaclyn Fisher Youth Symposium

Join fellow youth living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis at our annual Jaclyn Fisher Education Symposium! Back for its third year, the Jaclyn Fisher Education Symposium brings together teens and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experts for discussions and learning about all things IBD. 


Sunday, November 14 at 12:00 pm ET | 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT

Talking with others about your IBD can foster understanding and community. But sometimes it’s hard to know how to start and what to say. Join us for our first session to hear from others about their journey with IBD, get advice on how to communicate about your disease, and learn about the benefits of being open about your IBD journey with friends, family, teachers, and co-workers. During this event, you will have the opportunity to connect with peers, and ask your questions about living with IBD to our featured guest speakers!

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PART 2: Talking diet & nutrition

Sunday, November 21 at 12:00 pm ET | 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT

One size doesn't fit all—at least when it comes to Crohn's and colitis. There's a lot of diets that can work for managing Crohn's or colitis, but how do you determine what works for you? Join our distinguished panel of dietitians as we dig in to all things diet and nutrition. This day of the Symposium will focus around strategies for you to manage your diet, including trigger foods, meal planning, eating on a budget and much, much more!

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PART 3: mental health matters

Sunday, November 28 at 12:00 pm ET | 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT

Mental health can make an impact. Life can be hard while managing a chronic disease, and sometimes that can make it even harder to stay postivie and in good spirits. This day of the Jaclyn Fisher Education Symposium will feature mental health experts who will provide insights and tips on how young adults with Crohn's or colitis can manage their mental health.

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PART 3: managing ibd at school and at work

Sunday, December 5 at 12:00 pm ET | 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT

IBD can be disruptive. Luckily, our experts with lived experience of Crohn's or colitis have some tips that can help you navigate and manage your Crohn's or colitis at school and the workplace. Join in for the final part of the 2021 Jaclyn Fisher Education Symposium to hear from students, professionals and peers alike on what can be done to make school and work with Crohn's or colitis easier.

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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