There are times when a family member may not be comfortable with sharing their health history in a group setting. In those times, having a one-on-one conversation to show your concern for their health may be more appropriate. Here are some tips for having a more personal conversation with a relative at your next family reunion:
Over the years, many family reunion planners have shared stories about how the Family Reunion Health Guide helped them talk to their family about the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. These planners became kidney health champions for their family and so can you!
When James and Wanda Phillips hosted the Davis-Gates-Phillips Family Reunion, they viewed the event as an opportunity to educate their loved ones about the risk factors for kidney disease. This was especially important because James was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2006 as a result of high blood pressure and diabetes. During a talk with your family, follow the Phillips’ lead:
At the Nelson Family Reunion, Cheryl Nelson discussed hypertension (high blood pressure), pre-hypertension, and healthy ranges for cholesterol , glucose, A1C , and BMI . As a researcher for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, she knows the importance of being mindful of these numbers. But, you don’t have to be an expert to share Cheryl’s tips:
For more tips on how to have conversations with family about kidney disease, download the Family Reunion Health Guide or see the sidebar.
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Page last updated: August 6, 2014