PHILADELPHIA—The American Kidney Fund (AKF) will Pair Up with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to host Kidney Action Day at the Municipal Services Building Plaza in Philadelphia on Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include free kidney health screenings (including blood pressure screening), interactive fitness demos, local entertainment and children's activities.
Kidney Action Day will bring together hundreds of local health advocates, patients and members of the community to raise awareness for those at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD). 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 disease is a serious health concern in Philadelphia and its neighboring communities, and it’s important for individuals to learn if they are at risk,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the AKF. “We are so pleased to be hosting this event with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, our local co-sponsor. Together, we can empower local residents to learn about this disease, get tested, and help spread the word to their family and friends so that we may prevent future cases of this chronic condition.”
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is honored to be a co-sponsor of the American Kidney Fund’s Kidney Action Day,” said Dr. Donald F. Schwarz, health commissioner and deputy mayor for Health and Opportunity, City of Philadelphia. “Health education is important to us all, so I encourage Philadelphians to take time on May 3 to visit Kidney Action Day, get screened and learn how to take preventive measures to protect your health.”
It is estimated that as many as 31 million people in the United States are living with CKD, the nation’s ninth-leading cause of death. In Philadelphia, rates of death from kidney disease are above the national average. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of CKD, but there are other major risk factors including having a family history of the disease, having heart disease, being over age 60, and being African American, Asian American, Native American, or of Hispanic ethnicity. Left undiagnosed and untreated, CKD can lead to heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure and death.
CKD, known as a silent killer because it typically has no symptoms until the late stages, is an often-preventable health condition. If an individual has developed early CKD, detection through testing is a key factor in slowing or stopping the progression of the disease. Because prevention and early detection are vital to keeping at-risk individuals in good health, AKF’s national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease, urges the public to learn if they’re at risk for kidney disease and to spread the word to friends or loved ones who also may be at risk. As part of Pair Up, AKF educates the public about risk factors and offers free kidney health screenings in cities nationwide.
The American Kidney Fund is dedicated to fighting kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, education and prevention efforts. In 2012, AKF provided nearly $190 million in treatment-related assistance to dialysis patients across the country and more than $9 million to patients in Pennsylvania.
Kidney Action Day is made possible through the generous support of National Sponsor American Renal Associates, Lead Regional Sponsor U.S. Renal Care, Inc., Supporting Sponsor Independence Blue Cross and other friends in the communities AKF serves. For more information on Philadelphia Kidney Action Day, visit http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-action-day/locations/philadelphia.html
For more information on the American Kidney Fund, visit www.kidneyfund.org.