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NKDEP News
January 10, 2012

CKD DIET TRAINING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE

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We are pleased to announce that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly known as American Dietetic Association) recently launched the Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management certificate-training program. The content of the comprehensive online training program was developed by NKDEP and includes activities, case studies, and tools that can be used when counseling people with CKD. The program consists of five modules, each worth 2.5 CPEUs for a total of 12.5 CPEUs. The five modules build upon one another and can be completed individually. However, to receive the certificate all five modules must be completed. The modules include:

The slides NKDEP developed for the training will be posted on our website soon (www.nkdep.nih.gov) so you can download them and use them in your presentations and trainings. CPEU credits will not be available on NKDEP's website. To take the training, please visit http://www.eatright.org/cpd/online.

NKDEP DISCUSSES TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH FINDINGS

At the NKDEP Coordinating Panel (CP) meeting on November 3, 2011, in Bethesda, MD, five investigators funded under a new NIDDK initiative in type 2 translation in CKD described their research projects. The topics and their respective principal investigators for the five grants are:

These NIDDK-funded research projects will test the effectiveness of interventions for the prevention, treatment, and management of CKD that have a high likelihood of being widely adopted by individuals and high-risk communities. The research also will help to inform future NKDEP efforts.

Learn more about these research projects by reading the full CP meeting summary report.

SPANISH-LANGUAGE BROCHURE FOR CKD PATIENTS AVAILABLE

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As a part of its growing efforts to reach the Hispanic community, NKDEP has published La Enfermedad de los Riñones: ¿Qué significa para mí?, a Spanish-language brochure for people recently diagnosed with CKD. The brochure, an adaptation of NKDEP's patient brochure, Chronic Kidney Disease: What Does it Mean for Me?, includes important information, including tests used to identify CKD, risk factors, medicines to manage the condition, and basic nutritional information. It also includes a section for patients to record their test results to monitor their health. This Spanish-language adaptation was pretested via focus groups with Spanish-speakers in Wheaton, MD, and Chicago, IL to ensure comprehension, relevance, and appropriateness. To download and order the free brochure, please visit http://nkdep.nih.gov/resources/enfermedad-rinones-significa-para-mi.shtml

NKDEP DISSEMINATES NEW SPANISH-LANGUAGE MATERIALS, CONDUCTS ROUNDTABLE AT PROMOTORAS CONFERENCE

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NKDEP participated in the Vision y Compromiso: Promotoras and Community Health Workers Network Conference on Dec. 2-3 in Los Angeles, CA, which gathered more than 900 Hispanic promotoras and community health workers from across the country. NKDEP disseminated its new Spanish-language brochures Enfermedad de los Riñones: ¿Qué significa para mí? (Kidney Disease: What does it mean for me?) and Si Usted Tiene Diabetes o la Presión Arterial Alta: Hágase las Pruebas para la Enfermedad de los Riñones (If You Have Diabetes or High Blood Pressure: Get Tested for Kidney Disease), as well as other NIDDK publications and educational materials to promotoras. In addition to the conference exhibit, NKDEP conducted a roundtable discussion with promotoras specializing in diabetes education to learn about engaging promotoras in CKD education.

MARCH 25TH: NKDEP, HEALTH AND FAITH PARTNERS COLLABORATE FOR NATIONAL KIDNEY SUNDAYS EVENT

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NKDEP will recognize National Kidney Month in 2012 with a joint faith-community and health advocacy campaign featuring NKDEP's Kidney Sundays initiative. Kidney Sundays encourages African-American faith organizations to help their congregations make the kidney connection by including kidney health messages in programs and events. The Kidney Sundays Toolkit provides faith leaders with the tools and materials they need to host events and encourage kidney disease testing and other healthy behaviors.

NKDEP, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association Live Empowered Program, the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses, and Chi Eta Phi National Sorority, Inc., will engage dozens of churches across the country to host Kidney Sundays events on March 25, 2012. In addition to using the Kidney Sundays Toolkit to discuss kidney health and its risk factors, Chi Eta Phi member nurses will conduct health screenings at the participating churches.

CMS ANNOUNCES ADDED SCREENING AND COUNSELING COVERAGE FOR OBESITY

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that Medicare is adding coverage for preventive services to help reduce obesity. Screening for obesity and counseling for eligible beneficiaries by primary care providers in settings such as physician's offices are covered under this new benefit. The beneficiary may receive one face-to-face counseling visit every month for up to 12 months if he or she has achieved a weight reduction of at least 6.6 pounds during the first six months of counseling. To learn more about the new national coverage determination, visit the CMS web site

CDC ENCOURAGES GREATER USE OF FLU VACCINE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) says "it's not too late" to get a flu shot and is encouraging greater use of the influenza vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond. According to the CDC, the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, which affects thousands of people every holiday season. The CDC has developed a toolkit for businesses to use to promote the flu vaccine to employees, as the virus costs businesses an estimated $10.4 billion each year. To download the flu toolkit for businesses, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/business/toolkit_seasonal_flu_for_businesses_and_employers.pdf pdf icon (2.88M).

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