Thirty-one million Americans are afflicted with chronic kidney disease (CKD). To combat this sobering statistic and improve the health of the population and reduce affiliated medical costs, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) designates March as National Kidney Month. The purpose of this campaign is to increase awareness of kidney illness and mobilize fundraising and awareness in the medical community at large. The AKF’s awareness endeavors will include a media blitz – expect a lot of new and important information to be posted on the AKF’s website and social media channels in March, for instance – along with hosted events around the country.
National Kidney Month Activities
The month’s activities aim at educating the public as well as petitioning congressional lawmakers. Educational strategies will involve conducting radio interviews, posting articles on the blog Kidney Today, and implementing a 31-day social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, patient advocates will join members of the AKF in Washington D. C. to ask Congress to sponsor legislation for increased funding of CKD research and treatment. Another event on the agenda, the sixth annual Kidney Action Day on the Hill, will feature speeches and free kidney health screenings.
Lifestyle Practices to Reduce the Risk of Kidney Disease
Measures that lower the likelihood of kidney disease also reduce the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. Talk to your doctor, but these potentially include the following:
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