August 26 Is Kidney Action Day in Chicago
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CHICAGO (August 26, 2015) — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) will host its annual Kidney Action Day® at Richard J. Daley Center Plaza in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The day has been proclaimed “Kidney Action Day” in Chicago by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The family-friendly event is free and open to the public and will include free kidney health screenings, fitness activities, healthy cooking demos and local entertainment.
Kidney Action Day draws hundreds of people 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 Chicago Kidney Action Day, more than 75 percent of those screened had elevated blood pressure, close to 80 percent had their BMI over a healthy range, and more than 10 percent had elevated blood glucose.
“Kidney disease is a serious health concern in the city of Chicago, and we are eager to host our fourth Kidney Action Day here,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Through this event, Chicagoans can take proactive steps to protect their health. Chronic kidney disease is often preventable, and we hope that this event will raise awareness among people who are at 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 Illinois, rates of death from kidney disease are above the national average. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of CKD, but other major risk factors including having a family history of the disease, having heart 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.
CKD, known as a silent killer because it typically has no symptoms until the late stages, is an often-preventable health condition. If an individual has developed 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 the public to learn if they’re 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 addition to the annual Kidney Action Day, the American Kidney Fund provided more than $4.4 million in financial assistance to more than 1,500 dialysis patients in the Chicago metro area in 2014, 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 and National Sponsor U.S. Renal Care, Inc., and other friends in the communities AKF serves. For more information on Chicago Kidney Action Day, visit http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-action-day/locations/chicago.html.
For more information on the American Kidney Fund, visit www.kidneyfund.org.