Celebrate National Kidney Month throughout March with Scarborough and Rouge Hospital’s (SRH) Regional Nephrology Program.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a non-communicable disease that affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. While severity can vary, CKD is incurable requiring lifelong care for a patient. SRH is home to one of the largest regional nephrology programs in North America with more than 6,000 patients receiving care at the program’s main unit located at the General site, and three satellite dialysis sites.
This year’s theme for National Kidney Month is addressing the impact of kidney disease and obesity with the aim to promote a healthy lifestyle for healthy kidneys.
Obesity increases the risk of developing major risk factors of CKD, like diabetes and hypertension, and end stage renal disease. The good news is that obesity, as well as CKD, is largely preventable.
This year’s theme will discuss the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, while promoting a healthy lifestyle and healthy policy measures that make preventative behaviours an affordable option.
Bring your friends and family to learn more at the public events and activities listed below:
World Kidney Day – Thursday, March 9
Celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March, World Kidney Day is the global awareness campaign that aims to increase awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health, and reduce the impact of kidney disease and its associated problems worldwide.
SRH will be celebrating World Kidney Day with activities in the Lee Family Auditorium located at the General site from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Complimentary parking vouchers will be provided.
- an interprofessional fair that includes representatives from the cardiology and respirology departments, patient and family advisory council members, and other community partners; and
- presentations from Dr. Sean Wharton from the Canadian Obesity Network and SRH Nephrologist, Dr. Jason Fung.
Home Dialysis Peer Support Patient Symposium – Thursday, March 23
Are you or a loved one living with kidney disease? Unsure how to cope, or what support services are available for you in the community? Stop by the Home Dialysis Peer Support Patient Symposium on Thursday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the General site in the Lee Family Auditorium. Complimentary parking vouchers will be provided.
Please register your attendance by contacting Janette Solomon at 416-438-2911, ext. 6216 or Sam Watt at 416-438-2911, ext. 6113.
Diabetes, Cardiology, and Nephrology Knowledge Exchange Fair – Friday, March 31
Kidney month activities are going on a road show this year to SRH’s Centenary site. Discover how the interprofessional team across all three SRH sites work together to promote effective kidney health to our patients on Friday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bruce Johnson Conference Room located on the 3rd floor in the cafeteria. Complimentary parking vouchers will be provided.
Can’t make it to any of the Kidney Month activities? You can learn more online about the programs and services available through the Regional Nephrology Program at SRH.