March is National Kidney Month!
Celebrate with the American Kidney Fund
Thirty-one million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD)—that means there are 31 million reasons to join us in our efforts to raise CKD awareness on our website, on social media, on the airwaves and at events around the country.
Advocating for CKD Legislation
Patient-advocates from around the country will join us in Washington, D.C., on March 4 for a series of meetings with their elected representatives. These members of the AKF Advocacy Network will ask their Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act. This critical legislation will address gaps in federal funding for CKD research; improve patient access to treatment; and create greater economic stability in the Medicare program that covers most people with kidney failure. Follow news of this important legislation on social media using hashtag #Act4Kidneys.
Kidney Action Day® on the Hill
Also on March 4, we will hold our sixth annual Kidney Action Day on the Hill. This event brings CKD awareness to Members of Congress, Congressional staff, Hill employees and the general public. We will provide free kidney health screenings, kidney health education and fun fitness activities. Featured speakers include Congressional Kidney Caucus co-chairs Reps. Tom Marino and Jim McDermott. Held in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building, the event is presented in cooperation with the Congressional Kidney Caucus. Kidney Action Day is free and open to the public. Join us virtually on March 4 using hashtag #KidneyActionDay.
Memphis Kidney Action Day®
Kidney Action Day comes to Memphis on March 14 with kidney health screenings, healthy cooking and fitness demonstrations, activities for children, and local entertainment. The event is held in partnership with the Shelby County Health Department, and we’ll be posting photos from the event on Facebook and Twitter.
Each of the 31 days in March, we will share with our social media audience a new fact about CKD or about our mission. Through this campaign, we’re encouraging our supporters to donate $31 to support our lifesaving programs and services in honor of the 31 million people living with CKD. Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #31FOR31.
Kidney Today Blog Posts
Our blog, Kidney Today, bring you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others. Our special National Kidney Month blog series shares inspiring stories from people living with kidney disease as well as useful information related to your kidney health.
Radio Media Tour
Two physicians on our national Board of Trustees will conduct a series of radio interviews with stations around the country in March. Dr. Orlando M. Gutiérrez, Chair of Medical Affairs, and Dr. Matthew Poffenroth will share important information about kidney health and kidney disease prevention and treatment. Interviews are airing throughout the month; links will be posted on our website.
Calendar Kids Cover Art Contest
Our Calendar Kids Art Contest turns 20 this year! Young artists with kidney disease from around the country have submitted their artwork; 13 finalists will compete for the honor of gracing the cover of our 2016 calendar. From March 16 to March 31, visitors to our website will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of art. The child whose art receives the greatest number of online votes will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to be honored at our annual gala, The Hope Affair, on Sept. 30. All 13 children who are named finalists will have their artwork published in the 2016 calendar and will receive prizes.
Each Monday, our website will highlight a new article relating to kidney health. Check back each week to learn more about your amazing kidneys.
Monday, March 2: 10 Ways to Celebrate National Kidney Month with the American Kidney Fund
Monday, March 9: 7 Tips for Healthy Living to Prevent Kidney Disease
Monday, March 16: A Little More Movement Can Have Big Health Benefits
Monday, March 23: Do You Know Your Numbers?