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The Kidney Sundays initiative of the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) aims to educate members of faith communities about the risks for kidney disease and the importance of getting tested. For the first time, you can see a Kidney Sundays event for yourself in a new video from NKDEP.

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How to Host a Kidney Sundays Event
How to Host a Kidney Sundays Event (4:09)

Turner Memorial AME Church shows how to plan a successful Kidney Sundays event.

The visual guide inspires faith communities to plan a Kidney Sundays event of their o​wn and features leaders and members of Turner Memorial AME Church in Hyattsville, MD. Using the toolkit, this faith community planned a Kidney Sundays event featuring a health talk and screenings led by the Chi Eta Phi, Inc. nursing sorority

“The church is one of the places where many people feel comfortable,” explains Reverend Lubrina Bryant, DPM. “If there is a family that comes here, they are more relaxed here to receive information concerning their health, their growth, and their relationship with God.”

The video is a great source of inspiration for planning your own Kidney Sundays event, as well as a tool for encouraging others to do the same. Spreading the message of kidney health is as simple as:

  • Downloading the toolkit (PDF, 1.38 MB) for event planning tips
  • Conducting an event in your faith community
  • Sharing photos from your event on Facebook

The video concludes with a special message from Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, encouraging viewers to share this information with friends and loved ones:

“If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, I encourage you to take action and learn more about the link between these conditions and kidney disease. Please share this information with loved ones, and if they have diabetes or high blood pressure, encourage them to get their kidneys checked, too.”

We hope you enjoy the video and are inspired to conduct your own Kidney Sundays event!

We want to hear from you! Did you host or participate in a Kidney Sundays event in your faith community? Email us at healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov, subject line "Kidney Sundays", to tell us about it and we may feature you in a future eNewsletter!

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September 17, 2014​​


Use the Toolkit to Plan Your Kidney Sundays Event

“I really loved the toolkit. It really spelled out and mapped out every stage of planning, from two months out to one month out to two weeks before the event. It really lessened our anxieties and it really helped us to reach out to other organizations in the church to provide help.”

—Rev. Lubrina Bryant, DPM Turner Memorial AME Church

The Kidney Sundays toolkit provides a planning checklist that makes it easy to organize an event. Here are a few tips to consider in the weeks leading up to your event:

  • 6 weeks before: Talk with your faith leader about including kidney health messaging at your place of worship
  • 4 weeks before: Print out and make copies of fact sheets from the NKDEP Resource Center that you want to pass out at the session
  • 1 week before: Have the session mentioned during church announcements and in the church bulletin

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