National Kidney Month is observed during March, but you can be a kidney health champion any time of the year! Here are ways to promote kidney health among your loved ones, patients, and community.
Almost half of people starting dialysis have kidney failure caused by diabetes. Diabetes can damage your kidneys. This damage can happen over many years, without you feeling it. But, even if you have diabetes, you can take steps to help keep your kidneys healthy.
|Host a Kidney Sundays event to educate your faith community about kidney health. NKDEP has a free Kidney Sundays toolkit to help you plan. Learn more about talking with your faith community.|
|If you have a loved one who speaks Spanish, encourage them to explore our Spanish-language information about kidney disease—especially if they have diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, or a family history of kidney failure.|
|Get smart about kidney disease. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2014 Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet .|
|If you are planning a family reunion, get a free copy of NKDEP's Family Reunion Guide to help family members make the kidney connection. Learn more about talking with your family.|
|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.|
|Become an organ donor.|
|Educators: create and implement lesson plans for educating patients with chronic kidney disease with NKDEP’s online Kidney Disease Education Lesson Builder.|
|Dietitians: 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.|
|Dietetic Educators: Teach CKD nutrition therapy to your students and interns with challenging case studies.|
|Primary Care Providers: get information and tools to help you better collaborate with nephrologists and dietitians.|
|Find answers to common questions about laboratory estimation of glomerular filtration rate and measurement of urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio.|
|Tell others about NKDEP and its free resources by tailoring these articles for your website or newsletter. Learn more about talking with your members.|
Page last updated: February 5, 2014