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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

Make The Kidney Connection News
February 2012

Join the Action: March is National Kidney Month

March is right around the corner, and the National Kidney Disease Education Program is providing kidney health education resources for people who are at risk for kidney disease and those with kidney disease.

National Kidney Sundays Event.
On March 25, nearly 45 faith organizations around the country will be conducting health information sessions focused on kidney disease education through our inaugural national Kidney Sundays event. This is a partnership with the American Diabetes Association, the National Coalition of Pastors’ Spouses, and Chi Eta Phi National Sorority, Inc.

Conduct Your Own Kidney Sundays Event.
You don’t have to be a health expert to Make the Kidney Connection with your faith community. Join other faith organizations around the country and host your own Kidney Sundays event on March 25 or any time during National Kidney Month. Visit the NKDEP website to order FREE materials to share with your congregants or call 1-866-4-KIDNEY to learn more.

Cover of Kidney Sundays Toolkit

BlackDoctor.org Facebook Q&A.
Plan now to submit your questions for the NKDEP-BlackDoctor.org Facebook Q&A, featuring Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Dr. Rodgers will be taking questions from March 1-8 on BlackDoctor.org’s Facebook page. Be on the lookout for more information.

Healthy Moments.
During the month of March, listen to select Radio One stations for Dr. Rodgers’ Healthy Moments segments. He will be talking about kidney health and the role of the faith community in sharing health education information. Healthy Moments segments will broadcast in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond (Va.), St. Louis, and Washington, DC. You also can listen to Healthy Moments online here.

Make the Connection between Heart Disease and Kidney Disease in February.
February is American Heart Month! This month offers an important opportunity to talk about heart disease and its link to kidney disease. If you have heart disease, get checked for kidney disease. The sooner you know you have kidney disease, the sooner it can be treated. To learn more about heart disease, visit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s website here.

Don’t forget to “Like” the NKDEP Make the Kidney Connection Facebook page to get tips and information about kidney health! 

Page last updated: March 28, 2012