PALO ALTO, Calif.
Aug. 1, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) and Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (CFRI) today announced a partnership to expand awareness of proper nutritional habits in the cystic fibrosis (CF) community through the
Chef Shares program.
Chef Shares will run from
August 1 to September 15, 2014
, as part of AbbVie's
Chef program – an online resource for CF patients and caregivers – to encourage patients to maintain a healthy diet by submitting recipes to the
Online Cookbook. The program will begin at the CFRI 27
National Family Cystic Fibrosis Education Conference, on
August 1-3, 2014
Redwood City, Calif.
Chef has been a vital nutritional resource for patients and caregivers for years, and we are confident that the
Chef Shares program will continue to deliver the message that proper nutrition is extremely important for those living with CF," said
, executive director, CFRI. "We are excited to partner with AbbVie, a company that is committed to the health and well-being of the CF community."
AbbVie is kicking off this partnership with a one-week call for recipes: AbbVie will donate an additional
if 50 recipes are submitted to the
Chef Shares website by
. The partnership will continue with additional donations of
to CFRI for each recipe submitted to the
Chef website during this six-week period, up to
. CFRI will put the money raised during the donation period toward providing educational resources and support for increasing awareness among patients of the importance of maintaining a proper CF diet. The public has an opportunity to help donate an additional
per recipe by sharing any of the recipes in the Online Cookbook on social media. The Online Cookbook page can be accessed here:
Chef Shares aims to help CF patients find support, nutritional recipes and meal tips," said
, 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.