March is National Kidney Month! This national awareness month is an opportunity to spread awareness about kidney disease, practice prevention methods and learn more about our lifesaving services available to those fighting kidney disease.
March is the perfect time to partner with the American Kidney Fund to raise awareness through our website, on social media, on the airwaves and at events around the country. Below are some great things we have planned for the month:
Though we have reached over one million kidney patients in our 45-year history, there are an estimated 31 million people living with kidney disease in the United States. We have a long road ahead. But each and every time someone like you chooses to step up and make an impact on patients’ lives, it’s a step toward our vision of a world without kidney disease. We are proud to call you a supporter and a friend.
Patient-advocates from around the country will travel to Washington, D.C., in early March with a message for legislators: Stop health insurance companies from discriminating against patients with kidney failure. Advocates will join together with the American Kidney Fund (AKF) on March 2 to ask their representatives to help protect the most vulnerable patients from insurance business practices designed to push them off their health insurance plans. You can be part of this important day by visiting our Action Center and sending a personalized message regarding kidney disease legislation to your representatives. You can also stay up-to-date on our advocacy efforts on social media using hashtag #AKFforAdvocacy.
You can follow our updates, news and resources using #KidneyMonth on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We plan to share stories of inspiration, kidney health resources that would be helpful to you and your family and much more! Engage with us on social media and share with the world just how vital it is to know about kidney disease.
The American Kidney Fund offers free health screenings, nutrition and fitness presentations and follow-up services, including medical referrals and public education materials. We conduct screenings at a variety of venues, including churches, expositions and festivals, dialysis centers, community centers, colleges and corporate offices. Check our screening schedule to see if we’ll be visiting a town near you! During March, you can find us providing free health screenings in Memphis, Baltimore and Silver Spring.
Kidney Action Day comes to Alabama on March 19 with kidney health screenings, healthy cooking and fitness demonstrations, activities for children, and local entertainment.
Our blog, Kidney Today, brings you voices from the fight against kidney disease—patients, their loved ones, renal professionals and many others. During March, we’ll share inspiring stories from people living with kidney disease as well as useful information related to your kidney health. Check out the blog.
On March 29, AKF’s medical chair, Dr. Orlando Gutiérrez, will launch our new webinar series for patients and caregivers. The first 60-minute educational webinar, “Chronic Kidney Disease: A General Overview and Keys for Successful Management,” will explain the stages of chronic kidney disease, dialysis treatment options and how to get a kidney transplant. Sign up today!