Local School Districts Focusing On Kidney Health

Many local school districts are taking advantage of a program provided through the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) to its public entity members in partnership with Davita at davita.com and the kidneytrust.org.   Sheri Gilbert of Valley Schools is very happy to see the commitment to screening.  “It is great to see school districts interested not only in saving money on future health care costs, but also so committed to taking advantage of free programs to promote health for their employees.”

The Kidney TRUST aims to benefit the 31 million American adults estimated to be living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), as well as the 506,000 Americans with kidney failure who require dialysis or a kidney transplant.

CKD is a silent epidemic. It often has no symptoms until the kidneys begin to fail. However, CKD is usually treatable if detected early. In response to the epidemic, the TRUST is seeking to reduce the progression of CKD through free, rapid-screening in non-medical settings and to provide assistance to people affected by the disease.

The Chandler Unified School District will be hosting their Kidney Screening on 10/16/12. Scottsdale Unified School District has also been approved for the screening to be held in conjunction with their Health Fair Event on November 1st.   These screenings are at no cost to the districts.   This is a not for profit group and an application must be filled out and submitted to the board for approval and both districts were granted the approval for the screenings.   Approval for the Peoria Unified School District is pending.

Here are some helpful links for more information:

www.davita.com

www.davita.com/kidneyaware

www.kidneytrust.org

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