MADISON — If you have diabetes or high blood pressure – this screening is for you! The South Madison Promise Zone and the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin is urging Madison - area residents to give their kidneys a well-deserved checkup.
On Saturday, April 27, the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin is holding a Kidney Early Evaluation Program Screening (KEEP) at the Urban League of Greater Madison (2222 S. Park Street) from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
One in three adults is at risk for kidney disease due to high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney disease. Undetected, kidney disease can lead to kidney failure and the need for dialysis or an organ transplant.
“Keeping diabetes or high blood pressure under control can prevent kidney disease, so it’s important that people understand the link between those conditions and kidney disease. Those at risk should get screened as well since early detection and if necessary, medical intervention, can often delay the onset of kidney disease,” said Cindy Huber, CEO, National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin.
Dr. Floyd Rose, President of The African American Communication and Collaboration Council, points out that "Kidney failure among African Americans is disproportionate and substantial. Dialysis Clinics are full of Black clients that could have avoided this condition if they had been made aware of behaviors to embrace and those to avoid."
The KEEP screening is open to adults 18 and older who have diabetes, high blood pressure or a blood relative with these conditions. The screening will provide participants with a health risk review, blood pressure and BMI measurements, a blood sugar check, urine test and the opportunity to discuss their health and review results with an onsite physician. To register for the free screening, or to learn more, contact Hedi Rudd, 608-729-1268. Walk-ins are also welcome.
The National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin is dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.
The South Madison Promise Zone’s goal is to transform South Madison into a community of opportunity with strong systems of family and community support for all children to achieve. Inspired by the success of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City, SMPZ was established to create a holistic, cradle-to-career, place-based set of community resources. The vision, as was the case in Harlem, is to create an ecosystem of high quality and accessible educational and employment opportunities, youth and family programs and services, and community building efforts that work in tandem to create an environment where families can thrive and children are prepared to achieve.