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

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Make Health a Family Reunion Affair

A reunion is a great time to catch up with family. Why not also use this time to share health information? Show your family you care about their health by talking with them about the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. Download the Family Reunion Health Guide pdf for tips on how to start these conversations at your family reunion this summer:

  • Conduct a 15-minute health discussion that provides a quick overview of kidney disease, including facts such as “Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney disease.”
  • If you know family members who have diabetes or high blood pressure, take them aside for one-on-one conversations. Encourage them to get talk to their healthcare provider about getting tested for kidney disease.
  • Send a kidney health message to relatives by email or text message. Before the reunion, mention the upcoming kidney health conversation. After the reunion, remind them to get tested and stay healthy and active.
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Healthy Eating Tips for Your Summer Cookout

A photo from a family gathering

Cookouts are a hallmark of the summer season. But, between barbecues, potlucks, and other gatherings, it can be easy to lose sight of healthy eating. Here are some tips for healthier summer cookouts:

We want to hear from you! What steps are you taking to talk about kidney health with your family? Email us at nkdep@info.niddk.nih.gov, subject line “Healthy Family Reunions”.

Page last updated: July 9, 2014