Love your Kidneys Newsletter June 2011

Top 5 Summer Travel Tips for Kidney Patients

You've already broken out the shorts and t-shirts and cleaned your bbq grill. Summer's around the corner and even if you have kidney disease, you can take the road trip or exotic vacation you dreamed about all winter. With a little advance planning, you can buy those plane tickets or rent the RV. Here are the top 5 summer travel tips from the National Kidney Foundation.


B.Smith

Style Maven Makes Healthy Living All the Rage

Lifestyle "maven" B. Smith knew early on that she'd pursue a career in fashion and entertainment. A television and radio talent, author, restaurateur and home décor authority, Smith is now using her popularity to promote healthy lifestyle choices as well. Recently honored with the National Kidney Foundation's Visionary Award, Smith says she knows all too well what it's like to be hooked up to a dialysis machine. Her father was diabetic and her brother died from complications of kidney disease due to diabetes, so she's determined to spread the word about the importance of diet and exercise in protecting the kidneys, especially in the African American community.

Click here for more on B. Smith's mission.


Contrast Dye Used In Diagnostic Imaging More Likely to Damage Female Kidneys

Women are more likely to experience kidney damage after undergoing a diagnostic procedure that includes injecting dye into their bodies, according to new research presented at the National Kidney Foundation's recent Spring Clinical Meetings. Click here for more on this study and here for more on this meeting at which 3,100 kidney care professionals gathered and nearly 400 new research studies were presented.


Stepping Out to Honor A Beloved Sister

Michelle Brown will step up to support kidney disease in memory of her beloved younger sister, Yvonne, who suffered for 25 years with kidney failure. An Executive Administrative Assistant at HM Insurance Group, Brown jumped at the chance to participate in the local Pittsburgh Kidney Walk when she learned that HM had become a national sponsor of the Kidney Walk events around the country. Brown, who was closest in age to her sister Yvonne, looks forward to raising awareness for this cause that affected her entire family.


Fire Up the Grill with Aromatic Chicken

If you're planning a backyard barbecue this June to honor your dear Dad or grad, here's a kidney-friendly grilled chicken recipe that's both delicious and simple to make. This recipe is geared for those family members who are on dialysis, but is sure to tempt the palate of everyone else in the clan as well.


Learn About NKF's Latest Achievements in the 2010 Annual Report

An overview of NKF's programs and initiatives for the benefit of the 26 million Americans with chronic kidney disease is now available online in the 2010 National Kidney Foundation Annual Report. The report also contains financial highlights and features individuals whose lives have been touched by NKF. Click here to read or download.