Twenty-six million Americans have Chronic Kidney Disease. One in three Americans is at risk for developing Chronic Kidney Disease. Do you know if you are at risk?

The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP®) offers a free screening for those at risk – anyone 18 years and older with a personal history of high blood pressure or diabetes, or a family history of high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease. It is designed to raise awareness about kidney disease among high risk individuals and provide free testing and educational information, so that kidney disease and its complications can be prevented or delayed.

More than 170,000 people have been screened through this program to date. KEEP provides three simple tests that determine kidney function to nearly 1,500 people each month in dozens of cities across the U.S., like Clarksburg. Participants receive a comprehensive health risk appraisal, blood pressure measurement, blood and urine testing and the opportunity to discuss their health and review results with onsite clinicians.

“Our community members should take advantage of this free health screening,” said Patti Cook, RN, diabetes education coordinator at United Hospital Center. “Our goal is to not only raise awareness, but also to supply individuals with information that will improve their health.”

Do you have diabetes or high blood pressure? Do you have a parent or sibling who has had diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then please join the United Hospital Center and the National Kidney Foundation, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, for a free kidney health screening. The event will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 150 S. Maple Avenue, Clarksburg from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. To register, contact the National Kidney Foundation at 800-261-4115.

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