How does a walk through the Detroit Zoo on a warm Sunday in May sound to you? The animals are active and there is lots to see.
The NKFM’s mission is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it.
The organization promotes quality of care for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes and hypertension. It also supports research, promotes organ and tissue donation, and educates the public on CKD, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in the U.S., with high blood pressure the second.
Did you know that:
- 26 million American adults have CKD, including more than 940,000 in Michigan
- African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans are at increased risk for developing CKD from kidney disease.
- African Americans are four times more likely to develop kidney failure because of diabetes than Caucasians.
- African Americans are nearly seven times more likely to develop kidney failure because of high blood pressure.
The NKFM’s 16-week Diabetes Prevention Program “My Choice . . . My Health” begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. It helps those at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight to reduce their chances of developing the disease.
Research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has demonstrated that the program reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60%.
Since more than 70% of all kidney failure caused by diabetes or high blood pressure could be prevented or delayed by eating healthy, getting exercise, and taking the right medications, the Diabetes Prevention Program and the Kidney Walk are good ways to get started on the right path.
I encourage those who wish to improve their health to consider the Diabetes Prevention Program, and I invite everyone to join me on the Kidney Walk, which will be a fun family outing.
NKFM is an award-winning charity, ranked #1 by Charity Navigator in Diseases, Disorders and Disciplines, and was recently named in the Huffington Post as one of the “11 Top-Rated Charities That Changed The World In 2014.” More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly supports programs and services.
I look forward to serving as a team captain for this walk, to support this amazing charity. If you are interested in joining me, post a reply here, or log on to: www.nkfm.org/HFHS.
I hope to see you at the Detroit Zoo on May 17.