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March is National Kidney Month and March 12, 2015 is World Kidney Day. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is calling on all Michiganders to learn more about kidney disease and know whether you're at risk. More than 900,000 Michigan adults have chronic kidney disease and most don’t know it. In most cases, chronic kidney disease can be managed or prevented to delay the onset of other health complications.

The kidneys are the body’s chemical factories, filtering waste and performing vital functions that control things like red blood cell production and blood pressure. But over time, the kidneys can become damaged with little or no physical symptoms to warn you that your kidneys are in trouble.

In observance of National Kidney Month in March, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is urging everyone to learn their risk factors for kidney disease. Visit our Kidney Disease page to learn more.

Celebrate World Kidney Day by wearing orange!

Events & Happenings

World Kidney Day 2015 Screening (in partnership with U-M Division of Nephrology)

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: U-M Hospital, Dow Auditorium Library, Towsley Center, 2nd Floor (near cafeteria), 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Cost: FREE
Details: Free health screenings for all attendees, educational displays and information from UMHS and partners, lots of prizes, snacks, and more!
Contact: 734-763-9041

World Kidney Day Health Disparities Talk

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Henry Ford Hospital Auditorium, 2799 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI, 48202
Details: Deidra Candice Crews, MD will speak at this event. Dr. Crews is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is Chair of the Department of Medicine Diversity Council. Her core area of research addresses disparities in the care and outcomes of chronic kidney disease. She has examined the contribution of social determinants of health, including poverty and access to healthful foods, to disparities in kidney disease. Her work in end-stage renal disease includes studies of the optimal timing and setting of dialysis initiation among vulnerable groups, and patient preparation for the start of renal replacement therapy.

World Kidney Day 2015 Information Table at Beaumont

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: Outside of Mackinac Dining Room-Beaumont Royal Oak
Cost: FREE
Details: Free educational materials, information on kidney disease, organ donation, cultural diversity, Beaumont Transplant Program, Beaumont Peer Mentoring program, and material on the NKFM’s Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo.
Contact: Susan Walker, LMSW- Kidney Transplant Social Worker- 248-551-9897

Lucky Feet! 5K Kidney Run/Walk & Kids ¼ Mile Leprechaun Leap

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Time: Registration: 9am, 5K Run/Walk: 10am, Kids ¼ Mile: 11:30am
Location: Michigan State University Campus, 542 Auditorium Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824
Cost: 5K Run/Walk - $35 (after Feb. 23); Kids ¼ Mile - $10 (after Feb. 23)
Details: All participants of the 5K Run/Walk and Kids ¼ Mile will get a finishers medal and t-shirt. T-shirt sizes are only guaranteed to early registration (before February 23). There will be a costume contest for participants including: Most Spirited Kid (12 & under), Most Convincing Leprechaun, Best Wearin’ O’ The Green, Best Dressed Team (groups of 3 or more), Most Spirited St. Patrick’s Dog. For packet pickup details, parking instructions, maps, or to register, please visit
Contact: Register at or contact Kiel Porter at or 800-482-1455

2015 Kidney Walk at the Detroit Zoo Kick Off

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: VisTaTech Center: Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152, Ballrooms A-D
Cost: Free
Details: Attendees can enjoy the delicious buffet, motivational speakers including former Detroit Lion Lomas Brown, exercise demo with the NKFM’s EnhanceFitness team, learn new ways to fundraise, pick up Team Captain materials, and more!
Contact: Please RSVP by March 6th to Maureen King at the NKFM by calling (734)222-9800 ext. 219 or via email at

Uncorked! Wine Tasting

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Grand River Marketplace, 117 W. Louis Glick Hwy, Jackson, MI 49201
Cost: $30/individual; $50/couple
Details: The NKFM’s annual Uncorked! Wine Tasting features wine and beer tastings, great food, a silent auction, and more!
Contact: Buy tickets at or contact Sharon Hardin, or 800-482-1455

Painting with a Twist to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Painting With a Twist, 3143 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48103
Cost: $35 per person (50% of proceeds will be donated to the NKFM)
Details: The concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and get settled with your refreshments. You are welcome to bring snacks and your favorite beverage to enjoy during class. Beverages are limited to soft drinks, beer or wine. Guests must be 21 to consume alcohol in the studio. We reserve the right to ask for identification.
Contact: Call PWAT at (734) 662-7928 or visit the link to this event with details/to reserve a seat:


My Choice. . . My Health: Diabetes Prevention Program

My Choice . . . My Health is the Diabetes Prevention Program of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. It helps those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. Visit to see all of the My Choice...My Health classes coming up.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Manchester Village Offices, 912 City Road, Manchester, MI 48158
Contact: Register online at or contact or 800-482-1455

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (Information Session); Program Start: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Genesee Health Plan, 2171 Linden Road, Flint, MI 48532
Contact: Register online at or contact or 800-482-1455

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (Information Session); Program Start: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Beaumont Medical Center, 1455 South Lapeer Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360
Contact: Register online at or contact or 800-482-1455

Enhance Fitness

For all of the NKFM’s Enhance Fitness locations, click here.

Date: March 4, 11, 18, 25 (continues into April)
Time: 5:15pm-6:15pm
Location: Lemoyne Gardens, 29999 Pine Street, Inkster, MI
Contact: Lemoyne Gardens Office at 734-467-6025 or Evonne Moore,


BodyWorks is a program designed to improve family eating and activity habits. Bodyworks focuses on providing hands-on tools to make small, specific behavior changes to increase healthy eating and physical activity. To find out more about BodyWorks, click here.

Date: March 4, 11, 18, 25 (continues into April)
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: St. Clements Episcopal Church, 4300 Harrison St., Inkster, MI
Cost: Free
Contact: Madie Searcy; call St. Clements Episcopal Church at 734-728-0790

*Here is a PDF version of the 2015 Kidney Month Events list

If you have an event you would like us to feature on this page, please contact Lindsay White at or call her at 734-222-9800.


The NKFM would love for you to share the celebration of World Kidney Day and National Kidney Month with your friends and family. Please feel free to use any of the infographics or messages on your social media channels and don't forget to tag @KidneyMI or use the hashtags: #KidneyMonth, #WKD, or #WorldKidneyDay.

Large Infographic (at right)

Social media images*

*Note: all of these smaller images will be shared on the NKFM's social media pages throughout March so feel free to share these directly from there as well.



Kidney Month Tweets: March 2015

  • More than 900,000 #Michigan adults have kidney disease and most don't know it. #KidneyMonth
  • #Diabetes and high blood pressure cause more than 70% of all kidney failure cases in Michigan. #KidneyMonth
  • With a blood test, your doc can determine your glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which indicates your level of kidney function #KidneyMonth
  • Early detection and early treatment can slow or prevent the progress of kidney disease. #KidneyMonth
  • There are more than 3,400 #Michigan patients waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Of this number, over 2,700 need a kidney. #KidneyMonth
  • Once your kidneys fail, you either have to have a machine filter your blood with #dialysis, or get a kidney transplant. #KidneyMonth
  • Every day, 14 people die waiting for a #kidney. #KidneyMonth
  • If you have #diabetes or high blood pressure, you have an increased risk for developing #kidneydisease. #KidneyMonth
  • Take 5 for your kidneys for #KidneyMonth! 1) Get tested. 2) Reduce NSAIDs. 3) Cut processed foods. 4) Exercise regularly. 5) Stay hydrated.



Top 10 Things Your Kidneys Do:

  • Filter 200 liters of blood a day, removing two liters of toxins, wastes and water
  • Regulate the body’s hydration and water balance
  • Regulate blood pressure by controlling fluid levels and making the hormone that causes blood vessels to constrict
  • Support healthy bones and tissues by producing the active form of Vitamin D
  • Produce the hormone that stimulates bone marrow to manufacture red blood cells
  • Keep blood minerals in balance
  • Keep electrolytes in balance
  • Regulate blood acid levels
  • Remove certain drugs from the blood
  • Eliminate excess water-soluble vitamins


  • 26 million American adults (age 20+) have chronic kidney disease.
  • More than 900,000 Michigan adults (age 20+) have chronic kidney disease.
  • 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.
  • In Michigan, African Americans make up only 14 percent of the general population, yet make up 45 percent of the dialysis population, and 46 percent of the kidney transplant waiting list.
  • As the incidence of obesity in children increases, so does the rate of type 2 diabetes, which is a leading cause of kidney failure. One in three kids born in 2000 will develop diabetes.
  • More than 2,700 people were waiting for a lifesaving kidney transplant in Michigan on January 1, 2015.

Detection and Prevention:

  • Many adults with chronic kidney disease do not even know it – there are little or no symptoms in the early stages, people are not visiting their physicians regarding the illness, and many are not educated on the risk factors or the detection steps they should take.
  • In 2011, diabetes and high blood pressure caused more than 71% of all kidney failure cases in Michigan. Diabetes alone caused 42% of all cases.
  • 70 percent of kidney failure cases in Michigan caused by diabetes and/or high blood pressure could have been prevented or delayed.
  • Ask your doctor to calculate your glomerular filtration rate (GFR) from the results of a simple blood test. GFR can tell your doctor what your level of kidney function is.

Risk Factors:

  • Individuals with diabetes and high blood pressure are at higher risk.
  • Older individuals, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Arab Americans are at increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease.
  • African Americans are four times more likely to develop kidney failure from diabetes than Caucasians.
  • African Americans are 6.5 times more likely to develop kidney failure from high blood pressure than Caucasians.



Kidney-Friendly Poblano Soup

Serves 5
*Kidney Transplant Friendly  (Not ideal for dialysis patients)

½ stick butter
¼ onion, diced
3 cloves garlic
3 poblano peppers
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup low-fat milk
1 cup water
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

1) Place peppers and garlic on a baking sheet and roast under broiler 5 minutes, or until peppers are blackened and garlic is soft. Turn as needed.
2) Place peppers in plastic bag and seal the bag.
3) After 10 minutes, remove the peppers and peel away skin.
4) Seed and quarter the peppers.
5) Melt butter in saucepan.
6) Add onions. Cook until translucent.
7) Add flour. Whisk until mixture is thick and slightly darkened.
8) Add stock, milk, and water while stirring.
9) Add peppers, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Then puree mixture to the consistency you prefer.

Calories: 189
Carbohydrates: 17g
Protein: 6.2g
Fat: 11g
Sodium: 397mg *(low sodium)
Potassium: 449mg
Phosphorus: 110mg

Source: NKF Kidney Kitchen (


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