AKF Hosts Free Health Screening, Walkathon to Raise Awareness

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WASHINGTON—The American Kidney Fund (AKF) will host Kidney Action Day, which includes a fundraising walkathon, at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md. on Saturday, September 8  from 9 a.m.–1:30p.m.  

This free event—featuring remarks from Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD), health screenings, entertainment and food demonstrations—is open to the public and will bring together hundreds of local health advocates, patients and members of the community to raise awareness of kidney disease.

Funds raised through the Kidney Action Day Walk will support the many programs and services of AKF that provide critical resources to help both at-risk individuals and those living with this chronic condition.

In addition to the family-friendly fundraising walkathon, Kidney Action Day is designed to educate those at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) about the leading causes of the disease and the actions they can take to prevent or slow its progression.

During the event, walkers and the general public are invited to participate in free health screenings, healthy food samples, fitness demonstrations, and other activities to increase awareness of kidney disease. The free health screenings will check for indicators of kidney and heart health, diabetes, and other important health measures. There is no pre-registration required for members of the public, 18 and older, interested in participating in the screening and other activities.

Kidney Action Day Schedule of events:

  • 9 a.m.                     Welcome, walk registration and check-in
  • 10:45 a.m.              Walk warm-up
  • 11:00 a.m.              Kidney Action Day Walk begins
  • 12:45 p.m.              Speaking program and awards
  • 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.     Free screenings and education
  • 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.        Healthy food and fitness demos, entertainment, and fun family activities

 

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