Today is World Kidney Day – an international celebration intended to call attention to the importance of our kidneys and spread the word about Chronic Kidney Disease being common, harmful, but treatable! More than 500 million people worldwide or 10% of the adult population have some form of kidney damage.
Be sure to check out this page to learn about early detection and prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease. You can also take this quiz to test your knowledge and analyze the health of your kidneys. Preventing kidney failure can ultimately help avoid the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Here are some other bloggers helping spread the word on this important day:
Here in Chicago, National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will be providing free kidney screenings (including Blood Sugar, Waist Circumference, Urinalysis and Blood Pressure) today from 10 am – 3pm at the UIC Physical Education Building at 901 W. Roosevelt. They’ll also have healthy cooking demonstrations by Carnivale and you won’t want to miss the Salsa Dancing Demonstration and Hula Hoop Dancing! Secretary of State Jesse White, WMAQ-Channel 5 health reporter Sandy Goldberg, Ald. Robert Fioretti and assistant Commissioner of the Department of Public Health Joe Harrington will all be in attendance at the event.
Last, here’s a neat little video to celebrate the day!
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