NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- What you don't know can't hurt --right? Wrong, says the National Kidney Foundation. When it comes to kidney disease, a little knowledge could improve your health and even save your life. According to the Foundation, one in nine American adults has chronic kidney disease, but most people don't even know it. Newark residents will have a chance to learn about risk factors, prevention and treatment at a free educational program and luncheon, "Get The Score! On Chronic Kidney Disease." Get the Score! will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2005 from 11:30 am-2:00 pm at the Mezzanine at the National Newark Building on 744 Broad Street in downtown Newark, NJ. Featured event speakers are former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who will address risks, symptoms, diagnosis and prevention of chronic kidney disease, and professional basketball player Alonzo Mourning, who will share his personal experience with chronic kidney disease. "If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of chronic kidney disease, you are at risk. African Americans, Hispanic Americans and senior citizens also are at higher risk. But there are steps people in the risk groups can take. Early detection and treatment, including diet and medication, can help prevent kidney failure. My goal has always been to change the way Americans think about health by putting prevention first and this program will help those at risk for kidney disease do just that," says Dr. Elders. Says Mourning, "Because I can personally identify with the disorder, this program gives me the opportunity to bring awareness to a disease that most people aren't familiar with." A celebrated all-star athlete, Mourning received a kidney transplant in December 2003. He has since returned to basketball, playing with the New Jersey Nets and later joining the Miami Heat, where he currently plays center. Get the Score! is sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation, The University Hospital, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. Advance registration is required. To reserve your spot, call 1-877-485- 0465.
SOURCE National Kidney Foundation