July 25 is Kidney Action Day in Augusta


AUGUSTA, GA (July 14, 2015) — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) will host its annual Kidney Action Day at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Augusta on Saturday, July 25 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.  The family-friendly event is free and open to the public and will include free kidney health screenings, as well as HIV and other health screenings, fitness activities, healthy cooking demos, food samples, local entertainment and kids’ activities.

Kidney Action Day will bring together hundreds of local health advocates, patients and members of the community to raise awareness for those at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD). Free health screenings for people 18 and older will check for indicators of kidney health, diabetes and other important health measures and will provide instant results.

At last year’s Augusta Kidney Action Day, more than 70 percent of those screened had elevated blood pressure, close to 60 percent had total cholesterol greater than 200, and more than 25 percent had elevated blood glucose.
“Kidney disease is a serious health concern in this region, and we are eager to host our third Kidney Action Day in Augusta,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Through this event, Augustans can take proactive steps to protect their health, including the importance of spreading the word about this deadly disease and its risk factors.  Together, we can make a difference in fighting this often-preventable condition in the Augusta metro area.”

It is estimated that as many as 31 million Americans are living with CKD, the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. In Augusta, 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 $441,000 in financial assistance to dialysis patients in the Augusta 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 Augusta Kidney Action Day, visit http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-action-day/locations/augusta.html
For more information on the American Kidney Fund, visit www.kidneyfund.org.