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Make The Kidney Connection News
May 16, 2011

Planning a Family Reunion? Don’t Forget Your Family’s Kidney Health!

Are you planning a family reunion this summer? If so, the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) has free materials to help you talk with your family about kidney health. With the NKDEP Family Reunion Health Guide, it takes just three steps to help your family make the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease at your next gathering or family reunion.

1: Choose your approach. The Family Reunion Health Guide outlines three approaches for talking with your loved ones about their risk for kidney disease. The guide will help you get smart on diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease with fact sheets that cover the basics of each health condition. Then you will be ready to start a kidney health conversation with your family. You can write a note to them, have a one-on-one conversation, or plan a 15-minute discussion with a larger group.

2: Order FREE materials. In addition to the Family Reunion Health Guide, NKDEP offers brochures on kidney disease risk factors and even pediatric kidney disease. These materials will round out your discussion and provide family members with information to have a conversation with their doctor if they are at risk for kidney disease.

3: Get tested. Our partner, the American Kidney Fund conducts a variety of screenings around the country. Arrange to get your family checked for high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease. You can ask about planning a screening or find a screening near you. You can also contact your local school of nursing or health department, depending on the size of your family reunion.

You don't have to be a health expert to share this information. In fact, many families already have used NKDEP materials to make a difference in the health of their loved ones. See what health experts have to say about the Family Reunion Health Guide and NKDEP on our YouTube channel.

Don’t forget, May is High Blood Pressure month! As you plan your Memorial Day picnics and cookouts, consider talking to your family members with high blood pressure about keeping their blood pressure at healthy levels. Poorly managed blood pressure can lead to kidney disease. Get the conversation started with NKDEP’s brochure, What African Americans with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure Need to Know.

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