DCHHS Offers Free Kidney
Health Screening on World Kidney Day
In recognition of World Kidney Day (WKD), Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) are partnering to provide free kidney screenings to Dallas County residents Thursday, March 9.
The health screening will be held Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
DCHHS, 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy, Suite 627, Dallas, TX 75207.
The message for WKD 2017 is “Kidney Disease and Obesity.” In addition to celebrating WKD, National Kidney Month is celebrated every year in March as well.
This global campaign aims to increase awareness of kidney disease and its associated problems. Worldwide, in 2014 over 600 million adults were considered to be obese. Obesity increases the risk of developing major risk factors of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), like diabetes and high-blood pressure, and it has a direct impact on the development of CKD and end stage renal disease (ESRD).
“Obesity, diabetes, high-blood pressure, family history, physical inactivity and an unbalanced diet are all risk factors to kidney disease,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “Understanding and assessing these are risks are fundamentally important to your overall health.”
To raise public awareness of kidney disease, DCHHS and NFK is encouraging all Americans to “Heart Your Kidneys” (#heartyourkidneys) on World Kidney Day and throughout the month of March. The public awareness campaign seeks to promote the importance of kidneys so that people understand the overall function of kidneys why they are vital to sustaining life.
Take Five Steps
1.Stay Active– 30 minutes of regular exercise will help you control your blood pressure and lower your bloodsugar levels, which are vital to kidney health.
2.Eat Healthy- Cut Processed Foods - Processed foods are a significant source of sodium, nitrates andphosphates, which have been linked to cancer, heart disease and kidney disease.
3.Maintain a Healthy Weight- This can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associatedwith Chronic Kidney Disease.
4.Reduce over the counter medicine - Many over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen or aspirin, may easeaches and pains, but may harm your kidneys.
5.Stay Well Hydrated - Drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary beverages helps your kidneys clear sodiumand other toxins from the body.
For more information on WKD visit http://www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/DCHHSWorldKidneyDayMarch2017.php