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Four Tips for One-on-One Kidney Health Chats

It's important to let your family members know that you care about their health, but it's not always easy to have those conversations. Our Family Reunion Health Guidepdf icon has some tips for approaching family members at risk for kidney disease:

  • Familiarize yourself with basic information about kidney disease.
  • Choose the right time and place for the conversation. A quiet, private place free from distractions is best.
  • Ask for permission to have the conversation and don't force it if your family member is uncomfortable. Express your concern and let them know that you are ready to talk when they are.
  • Listen and be supportive. Acknowledge that it's not easy to face personal health problems, and emphasize that talking to a health care provider is their decision. Offer to go with them if they're nervous.

Do you have any other tips for having successful health conversations with loved ones? Let us know!

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Get Moving at Your Family Reunion!

A father and son having fun together at a family reunion in a park.

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, such as:

We want to hear from you! Do you have tips for motivating others to be physically active? Email us at nkdep@info.niddk.nih.gov, subject line "Physical Activity Tips", to tell us about it and we may feature you in a future eNewsletter!

Page last updated: August 7, 2013