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Make A Plan For Health This Holiday Season
December 2013

With the year winding down and the holiday season in full swing, it can be hard to eat in a healthy way. But committing to your health doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your holiday favorites! By making a plan, you can enjoy the holidays to the fullest and make healthy decisions…

November is National Diabetes Month: Learn About the Connection Between Diabetes and Kidney Disease
November 2013

Did you know that diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure? November is National Diabetes Month and a good time to make the connection between managing diabetes and keeping your kidneys healthy…

Breaking Down Barriers to Physical Activity
October 2013

We all know physical activity is good for us, but it can still be hard to get moving, especially as the days get shorter and colder. The Weight-control Information Network has some tips to help you get active...

Family Reunion Success Story: Health Talk/Health Walk in Atlantic City
September 2013

As a heart disease researcher for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Cheryl Nelson knows the importance of being mindful of her numbers–blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, A1C, and BMI. So when she found herself on the Nelson Family Reunion committee, she decided to share what she knew with her family, too...

Get Moving at Your Family Reunion!
August 2013

Family reunions are the perfect time to make new memories with loved ones. And there's no better way to make a new memory than having fun together. Why not propose reunion activities that will show your family how fun it is to be physically active...

Meet Kidney Health Champion, Erica Palmer, RN
July 2013

Nurses are an important part of the kidney health team. They help those with kidney disease and those at risk for kidney disease—people with diabetes or high blood pressure—learn to manage their disease and empower patients to take control of their health...

Get Moving! Get Active!
June 2013

Are you looking for ways to get physically active? If you or a loved one has kidney disease or its risk factors, diabetes or high blood pressure, staying physically active can help you live a healthier life. Be sure to talk to your health professional before starting a new physical activity. Here are a few tips to get you up and moving more...

Four Things People with High Blood Pressure Should Know
May 2013

Did you know that high blood pressure is one of the leading risk factors for kidney disease? May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and a good time to learn what you can do to manage your blood pressure...

Family Reunion Season is Around the Corner. NKDEP Helps You Get Ready
April 2013

With the arrival of spring, family reunion planners are busy finalizing details or brainstorming fresh ideas for their summer events. Whether it's an extended weekend vacation for loved ones gathering from around the country, or a backyard get-together filled with food, family and fun - events, such as reunions and barbeques, are great opportunities to talk briefly about kidney health...

National Kidney Month 2013: 16 Cities and 46 Faith Communities Rally for Kidney Sundays
March 2013

On March 3, the National Kidney Disease Education Program's National Kidney Sundays event reached more than 46,000 congregants around the country. Now in its second year, Kidney Sundays events were held in seven new cities including Chicago, New York City, St. Petersburg, Florida, and cities throughout South Carolina...

The American Diabetes Association's Project POWER Helps Faith Communities Take Charge of their Diabetes and Kidney Health
February 2013

In recognition of National Kidney Month in March, the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) is again partnering with the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) Project POWER to educate African Americans about how diabetes may lead to kidney disease and the importance of getting tested...

Medicines and Kidney Disease: What You Need to Know
January 2013

Recently, on our Make the Kidney Connection Facebook page, we asked our kidney health community how they keep track of their medicines. We received many responses that ranged from using pillboxes, keeping a printed list in easy to find locations around the house and in a wallet, to relying on technologically savvy ways, such as downloaded applications on smartphones...

Page last updated: November 20, 2013