March is National Kidney Month
Sponsored by National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii
In celebration of World Kidney Day, the National Kidney Foundation of Hawai’i is hosting a complimentary kidney awareness and screening event on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Hawai’i State Capitol, 4th floor lanai. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is with Dawn Pasikala, a registered nurse with the foundations, to talk more about the event.
Participants can collect a free screening kit, check their blood pressure and blood glucose, speak to a licensed clinician, and explore an education exhibit presented by students of the University of Hawai’i Didactic Program and Kapi’olani Community College Medical Laboratory Technician Program.
Kidney screening kits are available to individuals 18+ who would like to receive a snapshot of their current kidney health. Learn about the effects of diabetes, high blood pressure, nutrition, and gout on kidney disease, receive information on free community workshops and classes, and get tips on disease progression and prevention.
Participants that have diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure, and/or are over the age of 60 are at risk. Kidney disease is life-changing and often irreversible. Early detection is the best way to proactively delay progression.
Those who are interested in this event are encouraged to RSVP with Dawn Pasikala, Registered Nurse, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 589-5905. Screening kits are available in limited quantities.
What is World Kidney Day?
World Kidney Day is a worldwide campaign aimed at raising kidney health awareness. The campaign aims to reduce kidney disease rates and its associated health problems through education and free screenings.
How Does Chronic Kidney Disease Affect Hawai’i?
Over 198,000 people are known to have kidney disease in Hawai’i, 4,400 are on dialysis, and over 300 are waiting for a kidney transplant. Hawai’i is 30% higher than the national average for persons at risk for kidney disease and failure.
For more information: kidneyhi.org, or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @kidneyhi