Atlantans to Take Action for Their Health at Kidney Action Day on September 19


ATLANTA (September 18, 2015) — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) will host its fifth annual Atlanta Kidney Action Day®at The Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia, Georgia, on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.  The family-friendly event is free and open to the public and will include free kidney health screenings,fitness and dance activities, healthy cooking demos,local entertainment, children’s activities, and mascot favorites, Freddie Falcon (Atlanta Falcons) and Chopper (Gwinnett Braves).

Kidney Action Day will draw hundreds of Atlanta-area residents who are interested in free health screenings and learning about how to protect their kidneys and overall health. 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.

At last year’s Atlanta Kidney Action Day, more than 80 percent of those screened had elevated blood pressure readings and about 19 percent had elevated blood glucose levels.Because diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney disease—accounting for about two-thirds of all cases—participants are screened for these leading risk factors.

“Kidney disease is a serious health concern in greater Atlanta, and throughout the state of Georgia,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Through Kidney Action Day, Atlantans can take proactive steps to protect their kidney health. We encourage area residents to join us on September 19 to learn their risk and get tested. Chronic kidney disease is often preventable, and we hope that this event will raise awareness among people who are at the highest risk.”

It is estimated that as many as 31 million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. In Georgia, rates of kidney disease are above the national average, and more than 18,000 Georgia residents rely on dialysis to keep them alive. In addition to diabetes and high blood pressure, other major risk factors for kidney disease including having a family history of the disease, being over age 60, and being of African-American, Asian-American, Native American or Hispanic ethnicity. Left undiagnosed and untreated, CKD can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death.

Known as a silent killer because it typically has no symptoms until the late stages, CKD is an often-preventable health condition. For people with early CKD, detection through testing is a key factor in slowing or stopping the progression of the disease. Because prevention and early detection are vital to keeping at-risk individuals in good health, AKF urges members of the public to learn if they are at risk for kidney disease and to spread the word to friends or loved ones who also may be at risk. As part of its prevention initiatives, AKF educates the public about risk factors and offers free kidney health screenings in cities nationwide.

The American Kidney Fund helps people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives. In 2014, the American Kidney Fund provided more than $4.9 million in financial assistance to more than 1,500 dialysis patients in the Atlanta metro area, helping them maintain access to health insurance coverage and other treatment-related necessities.

Kidney Action Day is made possible through the generous support of Presenting National Sponsor American Renal Associates, National Sponsor U.S. Renal Care, Inc., Community Sponsors Emory Transplant Center and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals ARD, and other friends in the communities AKF serves. For more information on Atlanta Kidney Action Day, visit

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