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Key Ingredients for Your Next Family Reunion

An ounce of prevention goes a long way for your family’s kidney health.

As this year’s family reunion organizer, you want to throw an event that will be remembered throughout the years. Think outside the box with these key ingredients for a fun and healthy reunion. You never know—they could become traditions!

Make the Kidney Connection. At your next reunion, consider conducting a 15-minute Make the Kidney Connection health discussion. Kidney disease tends to run in families, so it’s important to educate your family about the connection between diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. You can give the talk during the opening reception, closing dinner, or you can even carve out some time during a cook out.

To get started, all you need is the pdf Family Reunion Health Guide (PDF, 1.48 MB), which provides easy, step-by-step talking points for the 15-minute health discussion and message templates for an email, text message, Facebook post, or newsletter. If your family reunion has a website or your family has a blog, you may post a message there, too. Feel free to put the information into your own words and be creative.

Get on Your Feet. Get everyone moving by holding a dance contest or playing party songs that everyone knows, like the Electric Slide. You could even start a friendly game of limbo or organize a scavenger hunt. Not only are these great ways to get active, but they will give everyone—young and old—the chance to interact in a fun and exciting way and make new memories.

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Cook Outside the Kitchen. A healthy cooking demonstration is always a favorite. It provides the opportunity to teach your family about new recipes that are delicious while still being healthy. During the demonstration, get family members involved by helping to chop vegetables. If you’re worried about preparing a full meal during the demonstration, try simple recipes like the Rainbow Fruit Salad, which is a delicious snack or dessert. Don’t forget a pinch of TLC!

Get other healthy recipe ideas from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners cookbook. Don’t forget to have recipe handouts prepared so family members can try them out at home.

July 9, 2014​

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