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World Kidney Day - March 9, 2017

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a non-communicable disease that affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. While severity can vary, CKD is incurable and causes the patient to need lifelong care.  Obesity is a potential risk factor for the development of kidney disease. Obesity increases the risk of developing major risk factors of CKD, like diabetes and hypertension, and it has a direct impact on the development of CKD and end stage renal disease (ESRD). The good news is that obesity, as well as CKD, is largely preventable.

This year World Kidney Day (WKD) promotes education about the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, advocating healthy lifestyle and health policy measures that make preventive behaviours an affordable option. To celebrate WKD, we invite you to get up and get moving to celebrate your kidneys. “#move4kidneys” is a symbolic gesture to remember that kidneys are vital organs and that they should be taken care of.  This action urges everyone around the globe, from all cultures and ages, to keep fit and active. 
 
Go for a walk, swim, run, go play your favourite sport, walk the dog or take the stairs – get moving! Keep active and involve your friends and family! 
 
To spread this message, download and share the NRAA WKD infographic. Also, be sure to register for and attend this month's Webinar Wednesday, 'Take Action: Obesity and CKD.' 
"NRAA gave me the information and the tools to be a successful dialysis administrator, and the relationships to enjoy the journey."
Stan Langhofer (Topeka, KS)

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