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 for tips on how to start these conversations at your family reunion this summer:
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.
Healthy Eating Tips for Your Summer Cookout
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:
Choose heart-healthy foods: Opt for leaner cuts of meat and use herbs and spices for seasoning instead of salt. The National Kidney Disease Education Program website suggests tips for choosing the right foods.
Control portion sizes: People tend to eat until their plates are empty, so serve meals on smaller plates to keep people from overfilling.
Encourage hydration: Drinking water is important in hot weather, when dehydration and heat stroke can occur. Drinking a glass of water before a meal can also help control appetite, so keep the cooler full!
Handle food safely: To avoid foodborne illness, store food at proper temperatures and always wash your hands and surfaces before handling it. For more information, follow four simple steps from the USDA’s Food Safe Families campaign .
Don’t make food the main event: Focus on friends, family, and activities instead of food. Give your guests opportunities to socialize beyond the buffet table, such as games, dancing, or walks around the neighborhood. Another idea is to conduct a health talk on the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease using the Family Reunion Health Guide. See the sidebar for more information.
We want to hear from you! What steps are you taking to talk about kidney health with your family? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “Healthy Family Reunions”.