Adapting to the new normal: AKF’s Kidney Action Days transform into Kidney Action Week

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the lives of all Americans and changed the way organizations and businesses operate. The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is no different—we have had to make significant changes, including canceling our in-person Kidney Action Days, the flagship event in our national screening program, for health and safety reasons. Our commitment to kidney disease awareness, prevention and education has not changed, however, which led us to consider other options for reaching at-risk individuals across the country to help them learn about kidney disease and how to prevent it.

Introducing: Kidney Action Week!

Taking place from September 14-18, the free, weeklong event will feature virtual activities that anyone can participate in from the safety of their home. The event will include healthy cooking demonstrations, education sessions led by experts, fitness demonstrations, Ask a Nephrologist and Ask a Dietitian Q&A sessions, and other opportunities for participants to interact with AKF and share information. The cooking demonstrations will feature recipes from our award-winning Kidney Kitchen™, and the fitness demonstrations will teach fun exercise activities the whole family can do at home!

One of the major highlights of Kidney Action Week will be our virtual Congressional briefing—COVID-19, Health Disparities and the Social Determinants of Health—discussing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and kidney disease on communities of color. The briefing will feature a panel of experts who will discuss how addressing underlying social determinants of health is part of the solution to tackle health disparities in these communities. Be sure to tune in on Wednesday, September 16 to learn more and find out how you can take action on this issue.

Although we are sad about not getting to see event participants in person this year, we are excited by the opportunity to reach a broader, national audience with our messages of kidney disease prevention. Kidney Action Week will take place in a dedicated, interactive Facebook Group for participants and the Congressional briefing will take place via Zoom. For full event details, resources and Congressional briefing registration information, visit KidneyFund.org/kidneyactionweek.

We hope to see you in the Kidney Action Week Facebook group, where you can feel free to post, comment and ask questions of AKF staff. Remember—any question you ask may also help someone else learn something about kidney disease!
Kidney Action Week is made possible in part by the generosity of presenting national sponsor U.S. Renal Care and supporting sponsors Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. and Satellite Healthcare.

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Carlos Aparicio

Carlos Aparicio is the director of health initiatives at the American Kidney Fund.

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