American Kidney Fund Brings Kidney Action Day to Memphis on March 14
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MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 26, 2015 — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) will host its second annual Kidney Action Day® at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Memphis on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include kidney health screenings (including blood glucose and blood pressure), interactive fitness demonstrations, children’s activities, healthy food samples and local entertainment.
Kidney Action Day will bring together local health advocates, patients and members of the community to raise awareness for those at risk for chronic kidney disease, which affects 31 million Americans and is the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. The free health screenings at Kidney Action Day will check for indicators of kidney and heart disease, diabetes and other important health measures. Screenings are open to anyone 18 and older.
“Chronic kidney disease is a serious health concern in Memphis, and we are pleased to partner with many local organizations to bring Kidney Action Day to the community,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “We’re expecting hundreds of local residents to join us and take proactive steps to protect their health. Chronic kidney disease is often preventable, and this event will raise awareness among people who are at highest risk.”
Rates of chronic kidney disease in Memphis are above the national average. At the first annual Memphis Kidney Action Day last year, 82 percent of those screened had blood pressure greater than 120/80, 48 percent had a body mass index beyond the healthy range, and 14 percent had elevated blood glucose—all factors which contribute to risk for chronic kidney disease.
Chronic kidney disease is a silent killer, with no symptoms until the late stages. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of chronic kidney disease. Other major risk factors include having a family history of the disease, having heart disease, being age 60 or older, and being of African-American, Asian-American, Native American or Hispanic descent.
Left undiagnosed and untreated, chronic kidney disease can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and death—but with early detection and appropriate medical treatment, the impact of chronic kidney disease on an individual’s health can be greatly reduced.
The American Kidney Fund is the nation’s largest nonprofit serving people with, and at-risk for, kidney disease. In 2014, AKF provided $1.4 million in grant assistance to 500 dialysis patients in the Memphis metropolitan area. This grant assistance helped patients maintain health insurance coverage and pay for other treatment-related expenses not covered by insurance.
Kidney Action Day is made possible through the generous support of presenting national sponsor American Renal Associates and national sponsor U.S. Renal Care Inc., along with other friends in the communities AKF serves. For more information on Memphis Kidney Action Day, visit www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-action-day/locations/memphis.html.