March – National Kidney Month – already has kicked off to be a busy, purposeful and exciting one in spreading awareness about kidney disease while still encouraging kidney health through #HeartYourKidneys!
March began with the 5th Annual Kidney Patient Summit in Washington DC, where kidney advocates from across the country converged on Capitol Hill to urge their lawmakers to support legislative priorities that would improve the lives of millions of people with kidney disease. The Summit gained more public attention at the outset this year with the help of our first-ever NKF Kid Ambassador Angelica Hale, the 10-year-old child singing phenom and a kidney transplant recipient.
Angelica has taken her new role very seriously at the Summit, where she was interviewed by NBC, ABC, and FOX television affiliates in D.C.; led a Facebook Live question and answer like seasoned a journalist with Congressman Bill Posey (FL) and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Beutler (WA); and performed a stellar rendition of "The Greatest Love of All" captured via Facebook Live during the Tuesday evening Congressional Awards Reception chaired by former Secretary of Health and Human Services and Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. See more photos from the event here.
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Today's leading health organizations are heartily endorsing the DASH Diet for the informed health-conscious diner. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet has been recommended by the National Kidney Foundation and approved by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, The American Heart Association, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and also forms the basis for the USDA MyPyramid.
Studies on the DASH have demonstrated that the DASH diet helps decrease blood pressure, lowers the risk for heart disease, stroke and cancer, and reduces the risk of kidney stone formation.
The DASH Diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts. It is low in salt and sodium, added sugars and sweets, fat and red meats.
For more information, go to DASH Diet.