March is National Kidney Month and an opportunity to remind your friends and neighbors to think about their kidney health. One in seven American adults is estimated to have Chronic Kidney Disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the 30 million Americans affected by kidney disease do not even know they have it, and many others are at increased risk of developing the disease.
Chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure and early detection can be the key to prevention. Highlight the importance of good renal health this March during National Kidney Month and acknowledge World Kidney Day on March 8th.
- Start by visiting the official website for World Kidney Day. Here you’ll find an abundance of helpful information, including a toolbox with quizzes, recipes and educational information, and a section of campaign materials for World Kidney Day.
- You can also visit the National Kidney Month web page of the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for additional information to spark ideas and promote recognition of the disease.
- Sponsor free blood pressure screenings at a community event. High blood pressure is the most common cause of kidney damage. Be sure to have stacks of agency brochures and flyers about kidney disease available.
- Share information about the need for awareness of kidney disease among high risk groups through your website and social media feeds. The groups at a greater risk of developing kidney disease include African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and seniors.
- Lead a senior-focused discussion group on diet and nutrition in a local assisted living facility. Discuss the benefits of healthy eating and proper fluid intake in the prevention of kidney disease. Don’t forget to bring along healthy snack alternatives and bottled water for attendees and be sure to address these snack choices in your presentation.
- Volunteer at your local dialysis center. Approximately 50% of people suffering with diabetes develop kidney damage. Offer to provide samples of kidney-friendly foods and distribute them to patients. Home care professionals can help by providing support and education about dietary