“Kidney disease is a public health crisis affecting 37 million people in the United States, 10,000 of which are children,” said Kevin longino, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation and recipient of a kidney transplant. “This program will help kids develop healthy habits from an early age, so they practice early prevention efforts without even realizing it, and learn how their kidneys actually work in a fun and engaging way. We hope that by teaching children healthy habits, we will also reach their parents too. ”
Hale, a kidney transplant patient and Kid Ambassador from NKF, narrated the five educational videos in a fun, upbeat and engaging way to inspire children to learn to take charge of their health. The five educational videos cover the following topics: Lesson 1 – Learn more about kidneys, covers what kidneys are and their functions in the body; Lesson 2 – Healthy Eating, covers the importance of eating fresh, unprocessed foods with little or no sodium in the diet; Lesson 3 – Choosing water, covers the importance of water as a healthy drink and the impact of sugar on the body; Lesson 4 – Get Moving, covers the importance of at least 60 minutes of exercise per day and the importance of physical activity on the body; and Lesson 5 – Kidney disease, covers how you get the disease, how to prevent it, and treatment options for kidney failure.
“I didn’t understand how important the kidneys were to the body and your overall health until mine stopped working when I was four,” said Angelique Hale, 13-year-old singing sensation and Kid Ambassador of NKF. “Helping children and families learn the importance of kidney health early can help children now and later in life.” Angelica received a kidney transplant at the age of six from her mother.
This educational program helps teachers instill healthy habits in their students while improving their program, whether it is distance teaching or in person. Kids learn about kidney disease, nutrition and diet, exercise and biology, and why good kidney health is important. And parents will find great educational materials to add to their home study program. The future looks bright for children who adopt healthy habits early on that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Learn more about NKF, Your Kidneys and Youth, and Kidney Disease at rein.org/kids.
Kidney disease facts
In United States, an estimated 37 million adults have chronic kidney disease and about 90% of them are unaware they have it. In the United States, 1 in 3 adults is at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and family history. People of Black or African American, Hispanic or Latin American, Native American or Alaska Native, Asian or American of Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk of developing the disease. Blacks or African Americans are almost 4 times more likely than white Americans to have kidney failure. Hispanics are 1.3 times more likely than non-Hispanics to have kidney failure.
About the National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and oldest patient-centered organization dedicated to kidney disease awareness, prevention and treatment in the United States. For more information on NKF, visit www.rein.org.
SOURCE National Kidney Foundation