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Do you need help with your New Year’s resolution to get healthy? The RevolutionHealth website is offering FREE “expert advice” to help you reach your goal. In three easy steps you can be on your way to a happier and healthier you!

Choose to live better

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“MIKE”

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 The “Minority Intervention & Kidney Education” is a program sponsored by the American Kidney Fund. MIKE’s partnership with various public and private organizations, provide education, screening and follow-up services for people at risk of kidney disease. Minorities are reported as having a higher rate for experiencing kidney failure. With the aid of the MIKE program, the goal is to help prevent or reduce those at risk. 

Educate Yourself

The Gift of Giving

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The holidays are over but the joy of giving never goes away. By donating to the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), you are helping to improve the quality of life for kidney patients around the world. Show someone you care by donating in their name to the “Holiday Tribute.”

Make your Holiday Tribute Donation

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Organ and tissue donors are always in high demand. In an effort to increase the number of donors, the transplant community sponsors the “Donate Life” float in the New Year’s Rose Parade. The Rose Parade is held annually in Pasadena, California. The Donate Life float is a national tradition supported by over 50 organizations, including OneLegacy, a non-profit organ and tissue recovery agency. 

Donate Life Float

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On January 20, 2008, The Renal Support Network will host their 9th Annual Renal Teen Prom at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. The prom is held for teenagers and young adults with kidney disease. This free event has been scheduled on a Sunday to avoid conflicting with dialysis treatment. This “Winter Elegance” is sure to entertain all that attends.

Enjoy a night of dancing, dinner and entertainment

“HealthLine”

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The HealthLine is FREE educational program sponsored by AAKP (American Association of Kidney Patients). The one-hour conference call is designed for patients, caregivers and professionals who need help managing the physical and emotional effects of kidney disease. The next upcoming conference call is on December 11th, which is the last scheduled HealthLine for 2007.

Register for the next conference call

Slip Into Comfort

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DaVita has launched a new “Truth About Dialysis” campaign to increase awareness about home dialysis treatment. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the “Find the Truth” blog. Sign up for DaVita’s monthly online Home Dialysis Newsletter and receive a pair of “cozy slippers.”

Order your DaVita at Home logo slippers 

Kidney Idol Semi-Finalist

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Over 2,000 essays were submitted for the Kidney Idol contest. However, there were only 4 essays selected as semi-finalist. Now it’s time for you to select the winner. Starting today, December 3rd through December 10th you can vote for your Kidney Idol.
Who’s Your Kidney Idol?

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The American Kidney Fund has announced the start of their 2009 Calendar Kids contest. Submit your art work by April 30, 2008 and you could win a trip to Washington, D.C.

Download Contestant Form

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just issued a “black box” warning for anemia drugs prescribed for cancer and kidney failure patients. The three common known drugs are Procrit, Epogen (Epoetin afla) and Aranesp (Darbepoetin). Patients are given Procrit and Epogen help increase the production of hemoglobin. However, analysts believe these drugs are prescribed to create revenue for kidney centers. As of today, there are over 1 million Americans taking these drugs.

Read the “black box” warning

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