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Councilwoman Green encourages District 1 to take advantage of free kidney screening on June 21st

Wednesday June 18, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

In an effort to prevent kidney disease, Councilwoman Judith Green encourages residents of District 1 and Metro Louisville to take advantage of a free screening program this Saturday, June 21st.

“When talking about kidney disease, Kentucky has the fifth highest rate of kidney failure in the country,” says Green. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of a simple procedure that will go a long way in alerting you to a potential problem that shows no early symptoms.”

The Free Kidney Screening program will get underway Saturday at the Park DuValle Community Health Center, 3015 Wilson Avenue from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Anyone who takes advantage of the screening is asked to fast for eight hours for accurate results.

The screening is available to people over the age of 18 and older. During the screening, children will be able to enjoy fun activities outside of the Center. Refreshments will also be available.

“Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems the African American community faces today and can lead to kidney failure,” says Green. “Compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionally affected by diabetes.”

The free screening is made possible through a partnership between the American Kidney Foundation, Fresenius Medical Care and CVS Pharmacy.

For more information, call the American Kidney Fund toll free at 866-300-2900.

Sponsor:
Judith Green (D) 1