Get The Score! On Chronic Kidney Disease

New York, NY (November 4, 2005) - What you don't know can't hurt — right? Wrong, says the National Kidney Foundation. When it comes to kidney, disease, a little knowledge could improve your health and even save your life. According to the Foundation, one in nine American adults has kidney disease, but most don't even know it. This fall, the NKF and Ortho Biotech kicked off a new educational series called "Get the Score! On Chronic Kidney Disease" with a special event held in Newark, N.J.

The free program featured presentations by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders and professional basketball player Alonzo Mourning.

Mourning captured everyone's attention as he spoke about his own experience with chronic kidney disease. "Because I can personally identify with the disorder, this program gives me the opportunity to bring awareness to a disease that most people aren't familiar with," says Mourning.

Dr. Elders' engaging presentation addressed risks, symptoms, diagnosis and prevention of chronic kidney disease. "If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of chronic kidney disease, you are at risk. Early detection and treatment, including diet and medication, can help prevent kidney failure," says Dr. Elders.

More than 150 people attended the "Get The Score! On Chronic Kidney Disease" kickoff event. After hearing the compelling information from Mourning and. Elders, forty people signed up to participate in NKF's upcoming Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), choosing not to let kidney disease catch them off guard. Additional "Get The Score!" events are being planned during the coming year to be held in various cities across the U.S.