Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

CMS has updated its web page on the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Expanded Model.  Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney disease, and this Medicare/CDC Program has been shown to reduce by up to 70% the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes itself.  Find the web page at https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/medicare-diabetes-prevention-program/.

8/10 RSN Essay Contest

This year’s topic for the Renal Support Network’s Annual Essay Contest, for people diagnosed with CKD, is Who Inspires, Encourages, or Educates You to Live Well with Kidney Disease?  First prize is $500.  Winning entries are published in print and online.  Essays must be submitted by August 10, 2018.  For full information and to enter the contest, see http://www.rsnhope.org/essay-contest/.

8/15 Free NIDDK Brochures

The NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is depleting their stock of hard copy publications on diabetes, digestive diseases, nutrition, and kidney disease, in English and Spanish.  Up to 25 copies of most titles are available to order free of charge if shipped to addresses within the United States, until August 15, 2017.  See NIDDK’s Online Catalog at https://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/Catalog/ .

SC 2/26 Free Kidney Health Check

NKF will sponsor a free kidney health check in Los Angeles on February 26, 2017.  For more information see the poster, Are You the 1 in 3 at Risk for Kidney Disease? at  http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/docs-events/KEEP_Flyer_WLCAC_TLinsay_SC_Eng_Jan_10.pdf .  Keep an eye on the Network 18 Calendar at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/events/ to stay up to date on other southern California events of interest to patients.

SC 1/10 Free Kidney Health Check

NKF will sponsor free kidney health checks in Los Angeles on January 10 and February 26, 2017.  For more information see the poster, Are You the 1 in 3 at Risk for Kidney Disease? at  http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/docs-events/KEEP_Flyer_WLCAC_TLinsay_SC_Eng_Jan_10.pdf .  Keep an eye on the Network 18 Calendar at http://www.esrdnetwork18.org/events/ to stay up to date on other southern California events of interest to patients.

2/24 Patient Call re Exercise

AAKP HealthLine will present a webinar and conference call on The Importance of Exercise for all Stages of Kidney Disease on February 24, 2016, led by Patricia Painter, PhD.  With the start of a new year, if exercise, fitness, and living a healthier lifestyle isn’t on everyone’s mind, it should be, especially for those living with kidney disease.  Join us as we learn the importance of staying fit, how to incorporate exercise regardless of your stage of kidney disease or modality, and the overall benefits of being the healthiest you can possibly be.  For details and registration, see https://www.aakp.org/community/programs-events/aakp-healthline.html .  You can watch webinars from their archives at https://www.aakp.org/media-files/aakp-healthline.html .