Chronic kidney disease is a worldwide public health problem with adverse outcomes of kidney failure and premature death. World Kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys and how to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease.
This year, World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day 2018 will be commemorated on the same day. The focus of this year’s event is the importance of women’s health and recognizing that 195 million women are affected by chronic kidney disease worldwide.
To raise awareness, UF Health Nephrology will be in the atrium on March 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. With high blood pressure being one to the top causes of chronic kidney disease, UF Health nephrologists will be providing free blood pressure screenings to faculty, staff and patients. After getting their blood pressure checked, participants can learn ways to improve their kidney health, as well as the services offered by UF Health Nephrology.