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October 28, 2013

Oneonta Kidney Walk hits 5-year mark

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The walk kicked off at 11 a.m. and featured activities such as Jumbo Jenga, video games, a hula hoop contest and letter writing to people with kidney disease. The college’s Chamber Singers and Kickline performed, with music by DJ Burgy B in between. 

Dr. Raquel Rosen, chief of nephrology at Bassett Healthcare, spoke on behalf of the organization, which was a sponsor of the walk. 

“I think it’s really great that students are gaining awareness and doing this,” Rosen said. 

She emphasized the importance of screening and awareness of family history.

“The screening is easy,” Rosen said. “It consists of looking at your blood pressure and weight, and a urine analysis.” 

Rosen said that people with diabetes and high blood pressure are at increased risk, as well as anyone who smokes cigarettes. As you get older, she said, your risk for kidney disease increases.

The student organizers seemed pleased with the result of their project.

“Despite it being a Sunday morning, people are coming out!” Militano said. “We did our best.”

For more information about the Northeast Kidney Foundation, visit www.healthykidneys.org.

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