Top 5 End of Year Health Tips

Health Tips

The end of the year and the holiday season tends to be a busy time: filled with friends, family, parties - and the requisite cleaning, cooking, decorating and shopping that accompanies the festivities. This time of year, be sure to take care of yourself before getting overwhelmed with entertaining and the holidays. Don't wait until it is time to make a New Year's Resolution to focus on your health. The National Kidney Foundation offers 5 year end health tips so that you don't miss any deadlines. Why put off until tomorrow what you can take care of today? Click here to read more

Florida Kidney Screening - A Free Kidney Health Screening

The National Kidney Foundation of Florida's new screening program will educate you about the kidneys, tell you your risk factors for kidney disease, and help you to take steps to keeping your kidneys healthy and reduce the risk of developing kidney disease in the future.

Screening includes: Risk survey, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure check, free educational materials, opportunity to speak with a health care professional and for those at-risk - a urinalysis and creatinine check. For more information, please contact (407) 894-7325 or send us an e-mail nkf@kidneyfla.org.

Meet this Volunteer

Robert Rosser is a living kidney donor from Orlando. He is an enthusiastic volunteer who is hoping to educate possible future living donors. Robert gave his kidney to his brother in law last March and has been an active volunteer with the Foundation helping at several Walks and Golf events. Thanks Robert for giving the Gift of Life!

We are always looking for new volunteers to help with NKFF events. Join the NKFF family, call 1-800-927-9659 or email: nkf@kidneyfla.org.

Renal Professionals Forum

As the leading organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease, the National Kidney Foundation of Florida annually partners with the Florida Chapters of the Council of Nephrology Social Workers, the Florida Council on Renal Nutrition and the American Nephrology Nurses Association to present the RENAL PROFESSIONAL FORUM. This year, we will present the 11th Annual RPF, Thursday & Friday, February 6 & 7, 2014 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. This program is designed especially for Renal Social Workers, Dietitian, Nurses and Technicians and has been developed by a committee of your peers. This year, the theme is FACING CHALLENGES IN A BRAVE NEW WORLD. The content of the sessions presented will focus on the numerous challenges faced in effectively dealing with patients and caregivers and several emerging issues. Online registration is fast, easy and secure. You will receive a confirmation letter that your registration has been received. Go to www.nkfrpf.org to complete your online registration. Be sure to have your license number available, as we will ask for this when you register online.

Richard K. Salick Scholarship

The National Kidney Foundation Richard K. Salick Scholarship Fund is for graduating high school or home schooled seniors or students currently enrolled in accredited universities who exemplify the characteristics of Rich Salick through academics and active volunteer community service.

This scholarship was put in place to recognize students that have shown a quality of giving back to their community. The program's goals are to provide college tuition assistance to those students who are already making a positive difference in their community, and to inspire others to do the same.

Every Labor Day during the Rich Salick Surf Festival we will announce the amount of money that we will be awarding the applicants with. Submit your application by December 31st. Applications will be submitted online through NKFsurf.com. The applications will be reviewed by a carefully selected board of Surf Festival founders, organizers, volunteers or sponsors. Judges will use an equally weighted scoring system combining content of the essay, recent volunteer community service, leadership qualities, school accomplishments, and future community plans and activities. The number of scholarships and amount given away will depend on the number of qualified applicants received each year.

Donate Clothing and Household Items

We need your small household items and your usable clothes

Your unwanted, unused, and unneeded clothing and other household items can assist our programs. The NKF of Florida has established a relationship with Sunshine Thrift Stores, Inc., a Florida for profit corporation. Outsourcing the management of this program to Sunshine Thrift Stores has been a part of fundraising efforts since 1982. In certain areas, clothing, shoes, linens, and small useable items are requested as a donation via postal mail. Customers wishing to participate may follow the specific instructions and receive a tax deductable receipt for their useable items. The donations are sold to Sunshine Thrift Stores and the proceeds are used to fund NKF of Florida programs and services. For more information on the clothing donation program contact NKF Truck Pickup Service or call (877) 448-2653. For more information on Sunshine Thrift Stores contact Sunshine or call (813) 831-4377.

Direct Assistance

Nabi Donation Boca 1A long-term illness followed by kidney failure takes its toll both physically and financially on kidney patients. The NKF of Florida provides assistance to Florida patients in need. Requests can be made for assistance with medications, transportation to and from dialysis, and emergency one-time grants. To apply for these funds, patients must contact their renal social worker and complete an application.

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