Look for the NKDEP Make the Kidney Connection booth at: Essence Music Festival
July 4 – 7, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
If you plan to attend Essence Music Festival and want to connect with our team to get a free Family Reunion Health Guide, email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
It's Not Too Late to Plan a Healthier Summer Event!
Have fun in the sun! Play outdoors during morning and evening hours to avoid heat exhaustion. Don't forget the sunscreen.
Add seasonal produce to your family's meals. Make half of their plate's fruit and vegetables.
Help your kids drink plenty of fluids. Choose water or low-fat milk instead of sugary drinks like soda.
Use these and other tips from WIN at your family reunion or other gathering for a healthier celebration.
Get Moving! Get Active!
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.
Start walking more often. To make sure that you're using proper form while walking, the Weight-control Information Network (WIN) suggests walking with your chin up and shoulders slightly back, letting the heel of your foot touch the ground first, then roll your weight forward. Walk with your toes pointed forward and swing your arms naturally as you walk.
Team up with a buddy or a group. It's always great to have a partner or a group to keep you motivated. Try joining a local walking group or starting one with your family or neighbors.
Track your progress. Keep track of your progress by using a journal or an online log. Record the date, time, and distance to see how you evolve over time.
Set a reminder. Whether you use an alarm on your mobile phone or jot it down in your planner or calendar, setting a consistent reminder will help to keep you focused on creating a new routine.
Be safe. Let a friend or family member know your planned route and expected time of return. It's also good to be aware of your surroundings and wear brightly colored clothing if it's dark outside.
We want to hear from you! Have you recently started a new physical activity routine? What's working for you? Email us at email@example.com to share your story. You may be featured here in a future e-newsletter.
If you'd like to learn more about diet and lifestyle changes for people with kidney disease, visit the Diet and Lifestyle Changes section of the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) website.