Love your Kidneys Newsletter February 2011

February 2011

Valentine's Day Special ––Top 5 Ways to Keep Both Your Kidneys and Heart Healthy

Each February, a simple trip to your local supermarket is all you need to recognize that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, as heart-shaped items stuff the aisles. As we celebrate the heart–to–heart connection with those we love, the National Kidney Foundation urges Americans to recognize another strong connection – the one shared between the heart and kidneys – by providing the top 5 ways to keep both your kidneys and heart healthy.


Cousins Share Lifesaving Connection


As a child, Sheila Schwartz spent countless hours playing with her beloved first cousin, David Kanter, and his Lionel train set. A feminist–in–training, she enjoyed hanging with the guys and pursuing a hobby that was off–limits to girls in the 1950s. At the time, she never dreamed that the two would share more than a close friendship and a passion for model railroads. Yet, Schwartz’s bond with Kanter endured throughout her marriage, the birth of her four children, her professional pursuit of both social work and law and his 30 year career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Today, the two cousins share a pair of kidneys after Kanter stepped up last fall to give Schwartz the gift of life.


Western Dietary Pattern Associated with Kidney Function Decline


New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds that a Western dietary pattern, high in red and processed meats, saturated fats and sweets, is associated with increased odds of kidney function decline. This study is published in the February issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation.


A Valentine’s Day Tart for Your Sweetheart


The quickest way to someone’s heart is often through the stomach. The Kidney Kitchen offers you a little road map to reaching the heart this Valentine’s Day with a fast, healthy and yet delectable sweetheart tart recipe.


Blistering 33 Under Par Wins NKF Golf Classic National Finals


A sharp–shooting foursome from the Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Frederick, Maryland, shot a sizzling 33 under par to win the three–day 54–hole NKF Golf Classic National Finals at the famed Pebble Beach Resorts last month. The NKF Golf Classic, the nation’s premier amateur golf event for charity, calls attention to the need for kidney disease prevention and organ donation, and raises funds to support NKF’s education, early detection and research programs.