Jersey City, NJ, March 3, 2017 – March is both National Nutrition Month and National Kidney Month, and Alaris Health Member Centers are taking the opportunity to host nutritional and kidney health education as well as activity-based events throughout the month.
- Add color to your diet. Making at least half of each meal brightly colored fruits and vegetables adds essential vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet.
- Make half of the grains you eat whole grains. Ingredients like whole wheat, brown rice, oats and quinoa are healthier than refined-grain foods.
- Drink more water. Swapping water for sugary drinks can cut calories, maintain healthy organ function, fight fatigue, improve skin and much more.
- Cook more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
- Find activities that you enjoy and do them for at least 30 minutes each day.
- Watch portion sizes. Consult nutrition labels for serving sizes and ask for a to-go box when dining out to take half home.
Proper nutrition and daily activity also help keep your kidneys healthy. The kidneys are sometimes forgotten but incredibly important. They are the body’s workhorses, filtering waste and performing vital functions such as controlling blood pressure, producing red blood cell production and much more.
An estimated 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and many don’t even know they have it. Here are five simple ways to take care of your precious kidneys:
- Get screened! Your doctor can test your kidneys with a simple blood or urine test. You can even get screened for free; visit kidney.org/keephealthy for more information.
- Decrease using over-the-counter pain medications. “NSAIDs” (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be hard on the kidneys.
- Cut back on processed foods, which can have high doses of sodium, nitrates and phosphates.
- Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes per day.
- Keep high blood pressure and blood sugar levels in check. High blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney disease.
For a full list of past and upcoming Alaris Health Member Center events, visit www.alarishealth.com/events. To learn more about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month, visit www.eatright.org/resources/national-nutrition-month. And to learn more about the National Kidney Foundation’s National Kidney Month, visit http://www.kidney.org/content/national-kidney-month.
About Alaris Health
Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.
Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.
For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.