NKFL and The  World Kidney Day team passionately believes it is important we make the general public aware of kidney diseases which affect millions of people worldwide, including those who may be at risk of kidney disease at an early age. It is therefore crucial that we encourage and facilitate education, early detection, and a healthy life-style in children, starting at birth and continuing through to old age.

This year we’ll be hosting a series of “Lobby Days” during the month of March and on World Kidney Day. Patient representatives and volunteers will be on site to help raise awareness, provide great prevention information as well as treatment for those who already suffer with CKD. Join us as we get prepared for the month of March and if your company or unit would like to host a lobby day as well – please contact Leah Hogan, at leah@kidneyla.org.

  

 

 

Enjoy a great day of golf with your friends! Your support raises money for the Foundation’s programs and services. In addition, you can compete for the opportunity to play at Pinehurst, home of the 2014 U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open. Please contact Torie Kranze  to register.

2016 Tournament Schedule 

Friday, April 15th : The 18th Annual Alexandria Invitational (Oakwing Golf Club, Alexandria)

Monday, June 13th: The 20th Annual Baton Rouge Liberty Mutual Golf Invitational     (The Country Club of Louisiana)

Monday, June 20th: The 18th Annual Squire Creek Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational (Squire Creek CC, Choudrant)

Monday, October 17th: The 21st Annual New Orleans Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational    (English Turn, New Orleans)

Monday, November 14th: The 21st Annual Lafayette Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational (Oakbourne CC, Lafayette)

 

Dialysis patients patients undergoing “in-center” hemo-dialysis come to the dialysis unit three times a week where they and the nurses become like family. The author is a physician who has tried to capture the humanity of his dialysis patients despite the rigors of their treatment regimen. By going into their (and their nurses’s) homes to take their portraits, he has provided a unique insight into their lives. The photos and stories were all taken after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. It is hoped that the book provides some inspiration for dialysis patients, patients approaching the need for dialysis as well as the medical professionals who care for these patients.  All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to benefit the work of the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana.The book is available for purchase at $10 which includes shipping and handling and can be purchased by calling NKFL, at 504.861.4500.  The book is also available on Amazon as a Kindle format.

 

 

 

 Walking- A Natural Way To Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease

In recent surveys conducted by Statistics Canada, it was found that approximately 30% of the population reported walking regularly (four or more times per week) and that 70% walked at least once in the past three months. Naturally, walking is a simple activity for enhancing health and well-being.  In fact, in a recent study by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on the relationship between steps/day and metabolic health, it was found that approximately 56% of people in the lowest category of steps/day had metabolic syndrome (defined by having the presence of three or more cardiovascular disease risk factors) compared to only 13% of people in the highest steps/day group.

Furthermore, the odds of having metabolic syndrome was 10% lower for every additional 1000 steps/day people took.  So, even though moderate and vigorous levels of physical activity is important to one’s health, the total amount of physical activity as measured by steps/day is also a significant factor.

Action Tip: 
If you have a pedometer, track your daily steps over the next three days to determine your baseline average steps per day, and then see if you can increase that number by 1000 steps/day.  If you don’t have a pedometer, create a personal route that you routinely walk on your activity tracker and count the steps total.  At the end of three days, extend your route by an extra 1,000 steps!

 

 


Say Yes! To Organ Donation

Become a donor by signing up on the Donate Life Louisiana website. When you say Yes! on your driver’s license, you are then registered as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.