One in seven residents of Maui has kidney disease.
Unfortunately, some of us are unaware of the affliction. This Saturday at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, free kidney disease screenings will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"Da Kidney Da Kine Day" is presented by the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii. A flyer bills it as a "free family fun event" with live entertainment by Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats, Na Keiki O Halau Hula Kauluikala and George Kahumoku Jr.
On a more serious note, the event will provide free screenings for kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. The screenings will check height, weight and waist size; participants will have blood pressure, blood glucose and urinalysis tests. There will be exit interviews with a clinician.
There will also be exhibits and displays to further explain kidney disease.
You can get more information on the event by calling the Maui office of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii at 986-1900. If you prefer, you can visit the foundation's website at www.kidney.org.
This is a fun way to educate your family about the importance of healthy kidneys. It is also a very good way to find out if you - or a loved one - is afflicted.
Make plans to visit "Da Kidney Da Kine Day" this Saturday.
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