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

June 22, 2010

Nutrition for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

The purpose of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for CKD is to maintain good nutritional status, slow progression, and treat complications. Many of the therapeutic interventions can be initiated by registered dietitians (RDs) in the primary care setting, before a referral to a renal dietitian.

NKDEP has developed a suite of materials to help RDs provide effective MNT to CKD patients who are not on dialysis. These free, downloadable, and reproducible materials are designed to distill key information about CKD and diet for RDs and their patients. The patient materials are written below a seventh grade reading level.

For RDs:

For CKD Patients Who Are Not on Dialysis:

View and download these materials free of charge at

Dr. Rodgers Puts Spotlight on Health Education and the Role of the African American Ministry

Along with leaders in health education and other prominent health officials, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), led a discussion on the role the African American church can play in advocating for and addressing its congregants' health. The session, titled Health Education and the Ministry, took place during the 96th Annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference in Hampton, Virginia. The Ministers' Conference is the nation's largest interdenominational conference among African American clergy.

Dr. Rodgers highlighted NKDEP's Kidney Sundays Toolkit, an easy-to-use guide that faith-based organizations can use to talk about kidney health. Additional speakers included Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, NIDDK; Dr. Myra Kleinpeter, Tulane University School of Medicine; and Jeanne Charleston, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

NKDEP Encourages Families to Make the Kidney Connection

Through partnerships and other outreach efforts, NKDEP has been encouraging African Americans with diabetes and high blood pressure to "make the kidney connection" and get tested for CKD. As part of this effort, NKDEP is promoting its Family Reunion Initiative, which encourages discussion about kidney health at reunions and other family gatherings; and Kidney Sundays, which encourages faith-based organizations to include conversations about kidney health among their congregational gatherings.

To get the word out, NKDEP continues to cultivate relationships with organizations around the country, and will also attend community events this summer, including the Radio One Stone Soul Picnics in DC and Baltimore, and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando.

Find more on the Family Reunion Initiative at and Kidney Sundays at

Join NKDEP on Facebook

NKDEP is now on Facebook! Join the conversations, learn about new resources, and connect with other people like you who care about kidney health. The Make the Kidney Connection Facebook Page offers a chance to view NKDEP materials, watch helpful videos, join discussions, and post pictures of educational sessions with family and community members.

Connect with NKDEP on Facebook today at

KICC Meeting Summary Report Now Available

NIDDK and NKDEP hosted the semiannual Kidney Interagency Coordinating Committee (KICC) meeting on January 13, 2010 in Bethesda, MD. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services presented on various CKD-related activities, including the development of the national CKD surveillance program and the launch of the new Kidney Disease Education benefit for Medicare beneficiaries. The meeting summary report is now available on NKDEP's website at

Introducing Revamped NKDEP Resources Web Section

Check out the newly redesigned Resources section at Easily search materials online by topic or audience, and order or download them for free.

Also, you can now order our new Explaining Your Kidney Test Results, which guides health professionals through talking to patients about urine albumin and GFR, the two key tests for CKD.

Clearinghouse Updates Fact Sheet to Reflect New Language of CKD-Mineral and Bone Disorder

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), a service of NIDDK, has recently updated its factsheet, formerly titled Renal Osteodystrophy. The fact sheet, originally published in 2000, is part of an NKUDIC series on kidney failure, its treatments, and its complications. The updated fact sheet, titled Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder, uses the terminology developed at the Definition, Evaluation, and Classification of Renal Osteodystrophy conference held in Madrid in 2005, sponsored by the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes non-profit foundation. Participants at the conference petitioned that the term renal osteodystrophy should be applied only to the actual bone damage that results from the imbalance of minerals and hormones that accompanies CKD.

Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder and other NKUDIC publications in the Treatment Methods for Kidney Failure series can be viewed online at

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Introduces New Resource to Support Lifestyle Changes

For a person living with diabetes, the day-to-day activities and decisions about nutrition, physical activity, medicines, and schedules can be overwhelming. But taking steps to control diabetes now can help delay or prevent the development of serious health problems associated with diabetes, such as kidney disease.

NDEP has developed a new online tool, the Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR), to provide easy access to peer-reviewed research articles, tools, and programs that address the "how to" of psychosocial issues, lifestyle, and behavior change. Materials can be sorted by target areas, behavioral strategies, and type of user.

The Research Article section of the SBCR contains 38 articles aimed at health care professionals. The Tools and Programs section includes links to more than 100 tools and programs geared towards consumers interested in adopting healthy behaviors, as well as resources for health care professionals and community groups who work with patients, groups or communities.

For more information, visit

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