Take A Lifesaving Step At The Baton Rouge Kidney Walk!
On March 29, over 300 walkers will step up for the 8th Annual Baton Rouge Kidney Walk and help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against kidney disease in Louisiana.
The Kidney Walk is a non-competitive one-mile stroll that raises funds to fight kidney disease through prevention, advocacy, and education. In the eight parishes surrounding Baton Rouge alone, 2,000 individuals are being treated for end stage kidney disease, and over 100 are awaiting kidney transplants.
Join us at Pennington Biomedical Research Park on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. Onsite registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Those interested in getting involved or supporting a walker can visit www.donate.kidney.org
Angela: On Kidney Disease
Listen to WWL Radio’s Angela Hill discuss kidney disease with Dr. Mihran Naljayan of the LSU Health and Sciences Center and dialysis patient Thomas Anderson. Click on the link to access the interview : http://audio.wwl.com/a/87019949/2-4-14-2-10pm-angela-on-kidney-disease.htm?pageid=1387947#.Uweg7TcjGWo.email
Faces of Home Dialysis
Terrence is a 38 year -old man who suffers from chronic kidney disease. He learned of his diagnosis after he failed to pass a physical at his job. He never dreamed he would be on dialysis or that he would welcome the adjustment and treatment option from home.
5 Foods to Avoid if You Have High Blood Pressure
One in three Americans is at risk for kidney disease due to high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is a leading cause of kidney disease and increases your risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. There is no cure, but treatment and lifestyle changes, including taking high blood pressure medications, following a healthy diet and exercising regularly can lower blood pressure.
Even if you’re taking medications to lower blood pressure, it’s important to reduce your sodium intake by cutting down on high salt foods. The National Kidney Foundation recommends that those with high blood pressure or kidney disease limit daily sodium intake to 2,000 milligrams (mg). To put it in perspective, a teaspoon of salt contains about 2,400 mg of sodium, so 2,000 mg can add up quickly. Here are the National Kidney Foundation’s five foods to avoid if you have high blood pressure:
- Processed foods: These foods are usually high in salt and other additives that contain sodium. Processed foods include American cheese, frozen dinners, canned soups and fast foods. For example, two thin slices of regular American cheese contain 456mg sodium. Always read labels and compare various brands of the same food item until you find the one that has the lowest sodium content, since this will vary from brand to brand. Cook rice, pasta and hot cereals without salt. Cut back on instant or flavored rice, pasta, and cereal mixes, which usually have added salt.
- Table salt: Avoid table salt whenever possible. Just half a teaspoon of salt contains about 1,200 mg sodium and 60% of your daily allowance. Instead, use herbs, spices, and salt-free seasoning blends in cooking and at the table.
- Luncheon meats: Use fresh poultry, fish, and lean meat, rather than canned or processed deli meats. Typically a sodium-phosphate solution is injected into processed deli meats, making them high in sodium. Two slices of regular ham contain 604mg sodium, almost half the daily recommended limit.
- Salad dressings: Prepared salad dressings can be very high in sodium, depending on the dressing type and brand. Be sure to look for the “low-sodium” variety. Reduced-fat ranch dressing is a better choice containing approximately 336 mg sodium for two tablespoons.
- Soy sauce: One tablespoon of soy sauce has 1,005mg sodium. When shopping at the grocery store or eating at a restaurant, choose low-sodium or light soy sauce.
Many thanks to Susan Lupackino, MHS, RD, LDN for her contributions to this article.
Susan Lupackino is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who is passionate about helping others live a healthier and active lifestyle. For more information about Susan visit her website, www.foodisgood.co.
References: USDA nutrient data base
Cheese spread, pasteurized process, American, 2 thin slices contain 456mg sodium
Ham, sliced, packaged (96% fat free, water added), 2 slice serving contains 604 mg sodium
Reduced fat ranch dressing, 2 tablespoon serving contains 336 mg sodium
Soy sauce (made from soy, tamari), 2 tablespoon contains 1,005 mg sodium
Year In Review : NKF Public Policy Advocacy
This year NKF worked on multiple fronts to protect kidney patients and improve care. Find out all the details through our Year in Review post on the NKF Advocacy in Action blog.
Please share the link with your local board members, supporters, key volunteers and constituents.
Home Dialysis On Da’ Bayou
If you discover you have kidney failure and need treatment to stay alive this can be a difficult time in your life. If your diagnosis is new, you may be overwhelmed, confused, and angry. But there are some important things you can do to help yourself.
Learn all you can about your different treatment options and take an active role in decisions about your care.
Click on the picture below to view one Louisiana farmer’s story of treatment and his choice to use home dialysis.
The Marketplace is Open for Business
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces began October 1 and will run through March 31, 2014 with coverage beginning January 1, 2014. As a result of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), it is expected that tens of thousands of the uninsured will now have access to health insurance and for many people this coverage will be subsidized making it more affordable.
The National Kidney Foundation encourages those who do not have Medicare, Medicaid or other health insurance to explore their new options as soon as possible. Getting health insurance is an important step to gaining access to health care providers, medications, and treatments that can help those at risk of kidney disease and those with kidney disease better manage their health and help avoid kidney failure.
You can locate your local health insurance marketplace by visiting www.healthcare.gov or calling 1-800-318-2596. While you can compare health plans, apply for financial assistance and enroll online, in-person assistance will also be available in many communities to help you compare plans, determine your eligibility for financial assistance, and help you enroll. Given that this is a new program, some states may not have all of the information about financial assistance ready on October 1, but you can still explore the marketplace and learn more about your health insurance options. Find out how to prepare for open enrollment here.
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2014 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE :
Monday, June 9, 2014 – 18th Annual Baton Rouge LMI Invitational @ Country Club of Louisiana
Monday, June 30, 2014- 18th Annual Squire Creek LMI Invitational- Clarke M. Williams Memorial @ Squire Creek Country Club
Monday, October 6, 2014- 18th Annual Alexandria Golf Invitational benefiting the National Kidney Foundation @ OakWing Golf Club
Monday, November 3, 2014- 24th Annual New Orleans LMI Invitational @ Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner
Monday, November 10, 2014 – 19th Annual Lafayette LMI Invitational @ Oakbourne Golf and Country Club in Lafayette
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 David Warner to register.
THANKS NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION of LOUISIANA !
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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.