Health checks for kidney awareness

BUNDABERG'S Kidney Support Network is offering free health checks during their Kidney Awareness campaign to highlight the importance of prevention and early detection of kidney disease.

If you are over 50, a diabetic, obese, a smoker, have high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease, or are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you are at risk of developing kidney disease.

As part of the network's campaign, free health checks and information will be available at the CBD Pavilion from 8.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday.

Kidney Support Network treasurer and Bundaberg Hospital renal unit clinical nurse Mandy McDonald said renal nurses would provide free blood pressure checks and kidney health risk assessments.

“We will give out free brochures, provide education on healthy lifestyles and encourage people to become more aware of kidney disease and the factors that put them at risk,” she said.

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