2004-04-15 / Medical

AAKP Host Free Chronic Kidney Disease Program

AAKP Host Free Chronic Kidney Disease Program

In response to a growing need for chronic kidney disease (CKD) education, the American Association of Kid-ney Patients (AAKP) Brooklyn Mildred "Barry" Friedman Chapter and SUNY Downstate Medical Center/Center for Community Health Promotion & Well-ness are pleased to host "Kidney Care: Finding Your Strength," a free educational program designed for people at risk for or who have kidney disease. Kidney disease is one of the most wide-spread chronic illnesses in the United States. It is estimated that over eight million Americans have seriously re-duced kidney function. The two leading causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure.

The event will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2004 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - Health Science Education Building in the Alumni Auditorium, located at 395 Lenox Rd. in Brooklyn, NY. The program will include a presentation on the importance of proper kidney care, the role of the kidneys, diet management and more.

This free event is open to the entire community and anyone interested in learning more about kidney disease is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served and attendees will also be of-fered free blood pressure screening during the program. If you are interested in attending the "Finding Your Strength" program, please contact Maria Yomtov at (718) 270-2020 for further information and to register in advance.

For more information regarding an event in a specific area, please contact the AAKP National Office at (800) 749-2257 or visit the Association’s Web site at www.aakp.org.

AAKP recognizes that kidney disease is a critical and growing medical problem in the United States. The program exists to raise awareness about the seriousness of kidney disease, the importance of testing those at risk and the availability of treatment to prevent or slow the progress of kidney disease.

AAKP is the voluntary, patient organization, which for 35 years, has been dedicated to improving the lives of fellow kidney patients and their families by helping them deal with the physical, emotional and social impact of kidney disease. The programs offered by AAKP inform and inspire patients and their families to better understand their condition, adjust more readily to their circumstances and assume more normal, productive lives in their communities.

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