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The kidneys are two organs that contribute to your health by filtering your blood for optimal health. These kidney-bean-shaped filters sit near the middle part of your back on either side of your spine. Your kidneys go through 200 quarts of blood each day, in order to remove two quarts of waste from your system. A normally functioning kidney also releases three hormones that help regulate blood pressure, maintain calcium levels and the production of bone marrow.

A kidney working at 25 percent of its normal capabilities can keep a person functioning. When the kidney goes below that level, the need for dialysis or a transplant becomes necessary. Kidney problems can arise at any time, especially if there is a history of diabetes, but knowing the risk factors and how kidneys function can help prevent unnecessary problems. African Americans comprise about 12 percent of the nation's population, but account for 28 percent of those with renal or kidney failure. Eighty percent of cases of kidney failure among African Americans are due to diabetes and high blood pressure.

 
 
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While any health problem is costly and time consuming, knowing a few basic strategies can reroute you to better kidney health.

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FREE Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP)
March 10, 2011, 10 a.m.2 p.m.
National Kidney Foundation of CNY
Syracuse, NY
Abstract: KEEP is a health screening program designed to help identify and educate individuals who are at increased risk for developing kidney disease. It is the most comprehensive screening program in the nation. KEEP is of no cost to the participant.
Contact: (315) 476-0311
Sponsor: The National Kidney Foundation
Website: http://www.kidney.org/site/110/keep.cfm?ch=110 Exit Disclaimer


3rd Annual Geneseo Kidney Walk
March 25, 2011
Wilson Ice Arena
Geneseo, NY
Abstract: Children get their faces painted, walkers will enjoy raffles, giveaways and refreshments to support the programs and services of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Upstate New York. Walkers will include Livingston and Wyoming County employees, SUNY Geneseo students and faculty, Noyes Hospital employees, dialysis patients, students and family and friend teams. People can form teams or walk as individuals. Volunteers are needed.
Contact: Michelle Castrogiovanni at Michelle.Castrogiovanni@kidney.org or (585) 697-0874 ext. 30
Sponsor: National Kidney Foundation
Website: http://donate.kidney.org/site/TR/Walk/UpstateNewYork?pg=entry&fr_id=3501 Exit Disclaimer

KEEP Screening Schedule
March 5, 2011, 9 a.m. - 1p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
Kenosha, WI
Abstract: The Kidney Early Evaluation Program is a free health screening program offered by the National Kidney Foundation for individuals at increased risk of developing kidney disease. Those with diabetes or high blood pressure or whose immediate relative has diabetes or high blood pressure are encouraged to attend.
Contact: (262) 821-0705 for an appointment
Sponsor: National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin
Website: http://www.kidney.org/news/keep/KEEPevents.cfm Exit Disclaimer

KEEP Screening Schedule
March 5, 2011, 9 a.m. - 1p.m.
Lakeland Elementary School
Lewisville, TX
Abstract: The Kidney Early Evaluation Program is a free health screening program offered by the National Kidney Foundation for individuals at increased risk of developing kidney disease. Those with diabetes or high blood pressure or whose immediate relative has diabetes or high blood pressure are encouraged to attend.
Contact: (214) 351-2393 for an appointment
Sponsor: NKF Serving Texas North Texas Regional Office
Website: http://www.kidney.org/news/keep/KEEPevents.cfm Exit Disclaimer

KEEP Screening Schedule
March 5, 2011, 9 a.m. - 1p.m.
Burlington Council on Aging
Burlington, MA
Abstract: The Kidney Early Evaluation Program is a free health screening program offered by the National Kidney Foundation for individuals at increased risk of developing kidney disease. Those with diabetes or high blood pressure or whose immediate relative has diabetes or high blood pressure are encouraged to attend.
Contact: (781) 278-0222 for an appointment
Sponsor: NKF Serving New England
Website: http://www.kidney.org/news/keep/KEEPevents.cfm Exit Disclaimer

KEEP Screening Schedule
March 11, 2011, 9 a.m. - 1p.m.
Ala Moana Hotel- Garden Lanai
Honolulu, HI
Abstract: The Kidney Early Evaluation Program is a free health screening program offered by the National Kidney Foundation for individuals at increased risk of developing kidney disease. Those with diabetes or high blood pressure or whose immediate relative has diabetes or high blood pressure are encouraged to attend.
Contact: (808) 589-5902 for an appointment
Sponsor: NKF of Hawaii, Inc.
Website: http://www.kidney.org/news/keep/KEEPevents.cfm Exit Disclaimer



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