NKF Providing Free Kidney Health Assessment at Wicomico
County Public Schools Employee Health and Wellness Fair, Oct. 20
Brief questionnaire & simple measurements will identify adults at risk for kidney disease
–The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware
(NKF-MD-DE) will bring its free Kidney Health Risk Assessment
(KHRA) to the Wicomico County Public Schools Employee Health and Wellness Fair
, taking place Friday, Oct. 20
, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
, at Bennett High School
(300 East College Ave., Salisbury, Md. 21804
Offered as part of NKF’s mission of early detection and early intervention, the KHRA helps identify adults at risk for chronic kidney disease and increases awareness of kidney disease risk factors in the community.
It uses a simple Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation, blood pressure measurement and a short six-question questionnaire to make participants aware of their risk factors for chronic kidney disease. Participants will receive brief consultations with physicians and dietitians to learn about kidney disease, as well as general nutrition and wellness guidelines.
Individuals not at risk will be given educational materials about maintaining good health, while those at risk will be directed to further screenings and advised to talk to medical professionals. Everyone is encouraged to follow up with their physician and to maintain regular primary care visits.
Although 30 million people are estimated to have CKD, 96 percent of those with early kidney disease (stages 1 and 2) don’t even know they have CKD. In fact, 25 percent of the 1,170 people screened in 2016 by NKF-MD-DE demonstrated significant results.
“Overall, CKD affects 15 percent of the U.S. adult population,” said Pattie Dash, executive director of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware. “It is imperative we try to reduce these numbers locally through community outreach events like this health and wellness fair.”
For details about this KHRA or other upcoming screenings and outreach events, visit www.kidneymd.org
or call 410.726.8732
to speak with Nicole Scharf
, associate executive director for Maryland's Eastern Shore and Delaware.