American Kidney Fund Announces Partnership with City of Houston for Family Wellness and Kidney Disease Prevention Day

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Today, the American Kidney Fund announced a partnership with the City of Houston to present the first-ever City of Houston Family Wellness and Kidney Disease Prevention Day. The event will take place on Nov. 14 at Hermann Park in the Miller Outdoor Theatre from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will offer free kidney health screenings provided by the American Kidney Fund, health information, interactive games, fitness activities and cooking demonstrations.

Because chronic kidney disease does not always present with symptoms, events that raise public awareness and provide testing to the public are crucial to prevention efforts

Today, the American Kidney Fund announced a partnership with the City of Houston to present the first-ever City of Houston Family Wellness and Kidney Disease Prevention Day. The event will take place on Nov. 14 at Hermann Park in the Miller Outdoor Theatre from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will offer free kidney health screenings provided by the American Kidney Fund, health information, interactive games, fitness activities and cooking demonstrations.

The City of Houston Family Wellness and Kidney Disease Prevention Day is sponsored by the global healthcare company, Abbott and supported by Fresenius Medical Care North America.

"Our City employees and the general public will have some fun and an opportunity to learn about resources available to keep them healthy. They'll also gain access to medical tests and information about kidney disease and other chronic diseases affecting Houstonians from all walks of life," said Houston Mayor Bill White.

"We are excited to be in partnership with the City of Houston to produce an event that will educate the public about kidney disease and its leading risk factors- diabetes and high blood pressure," said American Kidney Fund President and CEO LaVarne A. Burton.

An estimated 31 million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease, though many are unaware because of the silent nature of the condition. "Because chronic kidney disease does not always present with symptoms, events that raise public awareness and provide testing to the public are crucial to prevention efforts," said Dr. Sarah Shearer, a nephrologist with Renal Specialists of Houston.

In 2008, the American Kidney Fund provided $4.9 million in financial assistance to nearly 1,500 dialysis patients in Houston, helping them to maintain their health insurance coverage and to pay other treatment-related expenses that insurance does not cover.

About the American Kidney Fund:
The American Kidney Fund is the nation's No. 1 source of treatment-related financial assistance to kidney patients and a leader in providing health education to people with or at risk for kidney disease. In 2008, the American Kidney Fund provided treatment-related grants to 75,000 kidney patients totaling more than $119.5 million. The American Kidney Fund reaches tens of thousands of individuals each year with information about kidney health; operates a kidney disease screening program in high-risk communities; and maintains a toll-free HelpLine (866-300-2900) which provides education about kidney disease. The American Kidney Fund is a seven-time recipient of the highest "Four Star" rating from Charity Navigator; holds an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy; adheres to the National Health Council Standards of Excellence; and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.kidneyfund.org.

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