Kidney Action Day set Oct. 27

McDONOUGH — Kidney disease affects 3.9 million Americans of all ages, races and sizes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We know that rates are above the national averages in Atlanta,” said Tenee Hawkins, communications and marketing director for American Kidney Fund.

The Fund provides financial assistance to those with kidney disease and kidney disease research and prevention.

In its efforts to raise awareness and funds in support of preventative care and research of the disease, the organization plans to host its Second Annual Atlanta Kidney Action Day Oct. 27.

The event is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be held at Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Drive in Atlanta. It will feature free kidney health screenings for people 18 and older.

“There are activities for people of all ages,” Hawkins said. Participants can take part in fitness and cooking demos, eat food samples and undergo free health assessments.

There also will be a Kidney Action Day charity walk at 10:45 a.m. to benefit the American Kidney Fund.

For more information, visit www.kidneyfund.org.