On Saturday, August 28th, the National Kidney Foundation of Florida will conduct a free health screening for people at increased risk for kidney disease at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Parish Hall, 106 SE 1st Drive, Homestead, FL 33030 from 9am to 2pm. The screening is part of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) designed to identify and educate people at risk – those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease.
“We know that if we start early with education, detection and if necessary, medical intervention, we can often postpone the onset of kidney disease or kidney failure,” says Dr. Tom Peters, president.
KEEP screening participants will have their weight and blood pressure checked. Medical professionals will collect blood and urine samples from those who require further testing. A physician is on-site to review results with participants. More than 20 million Americans – or 1 in 9 adults – have chronic kidney disease and most do not even know it. Another 20 million are at risk.
To register for the free screening or to learn more, contact the National Kidney Foundation Florida at 1-800-927-9659.
KEEP is funded through an educational grant from Amgen, Abbott and Genzyme. Additional sponsors include Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Siemens, LifeScan Inc., Genetech, and Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
The National Kidney Foundation of Florida is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.