Celebrate the Chinese New Year! 

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We need your help. We want to recognize the outstanding volunteer efforts of Kidney Foundation volunteers across Canada.  Nominating a fellow volunteer is an easy way to show your appreciation and  recognize  the contributions of your volunteer colleagues for their efforts throughout the year. 

From fundraising to programs and services, there are many awards to choose from. Visit our website to learn about the awards and the nomination process.  Nomination deadline is March 7, 2016. 

Please contact  Carol Kostoff at 1.800.387.4474 ext.4972 if you have any questions about the volunteer recognition program.

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Modifying Chinese Food to fit a Renal Diet

In honour of the Chinese New Year this month, we've dug into the archives on the Kidney Community Kitchen Website to bring you this blog and receipes.
Do you have anemia caused by chronic kidney disease?
Researchers need your help

A clinical research study is currently evaluating if a new treatment is safe and effective in treating anemia caused by chronic kidney disease. The results of earlier clinical studies suggests that the study medication is safe and well tolerated in both healthy volunteers as well as patients with chronic kidney disease. Now researchers are continuing their research on the study medication in a larger group of patients.
This clinical study is looking for men and women, age 18 and above, who are suffering from anemia and chronic kidney disease and who are not on dialysis.
Do you match the criteria for study participation? 

Tax Tips for Renal Patients

Every year during tax season, The Kidney Foundation prepares general tax tips for dialysis and transplant patients. The income tax assistance measures most often used by kidney patients are the Medical Expense Tax Credit and the Disability Tax Credit. 

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5 Tips to help Maintain Good Blood Pressure

Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing kidney disease.  The opposite is also true: kidney disease can lead to high blood pressure in many people. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) can damage the kidneys and reduce the kidneys' ability to remove fluids and waste products from the blood.

1.     Eat healthy foods (low in fat and salt). Avoid foods high in sodium including salted crackers, processed meats, canned soup, and pickled, cured and smoked foods.

2.     Maintain good blood pressure, by ensuring that you take your prescribed medications correctly. Do not stop taking your blood pressure medication without talking to your doctor.

3.     Get regular exercise. Walking is a great way to exercise and it can help you maintain a healthy body weight.

4.     Reduce your consumption of alcohol and quit smoking.

5.     Reduce stress. Learning to relax and take time to do the things that make you happy. 

Upcoming Events

Kidney Connect Peer Support Meetings (Link to calendar to note dates and times)
Pasta Fest, Sarnia (Feb 26)
Chinese New Year's Dinner, Scarborough (Feb 28)
Artilicious, Kitchener-Waterloo (March 10)
Paint Nite, London (March 10)
Stand Up for the Cure, London (April 21)
News Links

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