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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hawaii observing World Kidney Day tomorrow

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii will join countries across the globe tomorrow to celebrate the 5th Annual World Kidney Day at the State Capitol. The festivities focus on kidney disease awareness, educating those at risk about the importance of early detection and the critical role kidneys play in maintaining good health.

The event runs from 11 to noon and includes entertainment, cooking demonstrations and testimonials about kidney disease, which claims about 400 lives in Hawaii each year. Free kidney screenings will also be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"Most people with kidney disease are not diagnosed until late in the course of illness when there are few opportunities for prevention," said Glen Hayashida, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, in a statement. "We need to alert the public and health policy makers to this real threat to populations here and around the world and to the fact that early detection makes a significant difference."

For more information about risk factors, World Kidney Day activities and screening events visit www.kidneyhi.org.