National Kidney Foundation and B. Smith Team Up to Bring Awareness to Kidney Disease Prevention During National Kidney Month

(NEW YORK, NY)—January 28, 2012 — Your diet could be damaging your kidneys. Indulging in foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt, or just overeating in general, can often lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and ultimately kidney disease. Making healthy lifestyle changes can reduce the risk for developing kidney disease.

To celebrate National Kidney Month in March and World Kidney Day on March 8, the National Kidney Foundation has teamed up with lifestyle maven B. Smith to urge Americans to protect their kidneys and prevent damage by educating themselves about kidney health.

“Healthy eating can help prevent kidney disease and the major factors that lead to it – diabetes and high blood pressure,” says Smith. “Growing up, so many people I knew felt that getting the ‘sugar’ or diabetes was inevitable, but that’s absolutely not the way it has to be. Regular physical activity and diets low in sugar and fat can make a big difference. And the best part is that you don’t have to sacrifice taste either -- with a few tweaks and substitutions, you can enjoy a healthier version of the same foods.”

More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and millions more are at risk, but most don’t know it. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) often develops slowly with few symptoms, and many people don’t realize they’re sick until the disease is advanced and requires dialysis or a transplant.

The National Kidney Foundation, B. Smith and her husband and business partner, Dan Gasby are urging Americans to protect their kidneys and they are delivering this message through appearances on the radio, TV and in public, as well as the B. Healthy Menu Makeover Contest, in which B. selected three calorie-laden favorite recipes from those submitted in NKF’s online contest to receive a makeover. These new dishes are now kidney-healthy delights.

About B. Smith:
B. (“Barbara”) Smith is a celebrated restaurateur, author, TV personality and lifestyle expert who easily merges cultures through a shared appreciation for style. Described as a “Renaissance Woman” by The New York Times, among her numerous entrepreneurial ventures, B. Smith is best known as the owner of three popular restaurants in New York, Washington, D.C. and Sag Harbor. Her philanthropic efforts include work for the American Diabetes Association and a host of military organizations and nonprofits such as the African American Experience Fund (AAEF). B. Smith was recently honored by the National Kidney Foundation with a “Visionary Leader Award” and the 2011 DC Chamber of Commerce “Choice Award.” To learn more visit www.BSmith.com; follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About the National Kidney Foundation:
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

To learn more about kidney disease, free screenings from the National Kidney Foundation and how to protect your kidneys, visit kidney.org.