Be a kidney health champion this March! Here are ways to promote kidney health among your loved ones, patients, and community.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a sudden loss of kidney function that can be caused by illness, injury, or certain medications. This kidney damage can be temporary or permanent. It can occur in a person with normal kidneys or in someone who already has kidney problems.
|If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or a family history of kidney failure, you may be at risk for kidney disease. Schedule an appointment with your health care provider to get your blood and urine checked.|
|If you have been diagnosed with kidney disease, pledge to explore healthy diet and lifestyle changes to keep your kidneys healthier longer.|
|Remember to ask loved ones with any of the key risk factors for kidney disease to get their blood and urine checked for kidney disease.|
|If you are planning a family reunion, get a free copy of NKDEP's all new Family Reunion Guide to help family members make the kidney connection.|
|Work with your faith-based organization to arrange a Kidney Sundays event in March for National Kidney Month. NKDEP has a free Kidney Sundays toolkit to help you educate your faith-based community about kidney health.|
|Become an organ donor.|
|Educators: create and implement lesson plans for counseling patients with chronic kidney disease with NKDEP’s online Kidney Disease Education Lesson Builder.|
|Dietitians: have patients with chronic kidney disease? Learn more about CKD medical nutrition therapy with NKDEP’s CKD Nutrition Management Training Program. You can even earn continuing education credits for the program from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.|
|Primary Care Providers: get information and tools to help you better collaborate with nephrologists and dietitians.|
|Learn about best practices, barriers, recommendations, and resources for better detecting and treating CKD in the primary care setting.|
|Show members that your organization cares about kidney health by placing these customized badges on its website in March.|
|Tell others about NKDEP and its free resources by tailoring these articles for your next newsletter.|
Page last updated: March 13, 2013