ATLANTA—The American Kidney Fund (AKF), in partnership with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), will host its annual Atlanta Kidney Action Day at Underground Atlanta on Monday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Congressman John Lewis is honorary host of Atlanta Kidney Action Day. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature remarks from the Georgia Department of Public Health, health screenings, entertainment, and healthy food samples. This year’s event will also offer a new component, the Pair Up Promise, as part of the American Kidney Fund’s Pair Up public awareness campaign. Participants can sign the Pair Up Promise and pledge to pursue a healthy lifestyle to help prevent kidney disease.
Atlanta Kidney Action Day will kick off the ASN Kidney Week 2013. Kidney Week provides participants opportunities to exchange knowledge, learn the latest scientific and medical advances, and listen to engaging and provocative discussions with leading experts in the field.
“The rates of kidney disease in Atlanta and the state of Georgia are alarming,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the AKF. “Education and awareness are vital first steps in reducing one’s risk of developing this devastating disease. We encourage local residents to join us on November 4 to learn their risk and get tested. It’s time for all of us to stand up against kidney disease and spread the word to those around us.”
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 individuals 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 disease screenings in cities nationwide.
"I commend the American Kidney Fund’s continuous efforts to raise awareness of kidney disease in Atlanta,” said Jason Cobb, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. “Health education and outreach is critically important as we fight this disease, as it often does not present symptoms until the late stages. I encourage Atlantans to take time on November 4th to attend Kidney Action Day, get screened and learn how to take preventive measures to protect your kidney health.”
Kidney Action Day is designed to educate those at risk for CKD about the leading causes of the disease and the actions they can take to prevent CKD or slow its progression. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., participants are invited to participate in free health screenings, healthy food samples, fitness demonstrations, and other activities. The free health screenings will check for indicators of kidney and heart health, diabetes, and other important health measures. The health screenings are open to anyone 18 and older, and there is no pre-registration required.
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 $180 million in treatment-related assistance to dialysis patients across the country and more than $1.4 million to patients in the Atlanta area. The organization also provided 27,000 free health screenings to at-risk individuals in the United States, with more than 2,500 screenings administered in Atlanta.
The final Kidney Action Day of the year will be held Houston on November 17. Earlier this year, AKF held Kidney Action Days in Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Augusta, Ga., and San Antonio.