University of Houston-Victoria seeking volunteers for virtual kidney disease program
The CDC says kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death in the U.S.
VICTORIA, Texas- The University of Texas- Victoria faculty are seeking participants to volunteer for a free virtual kidney disease program, the university announced in a press release.
The Victoria Alliance Against Chronic Kidney Disease program will focus on combating chronic kidney disease virtually due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program started in March but had to be put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is funded by a grant through Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas’ signature community investments program.
According to the release, the purpose of this program is to prevent chronic kidney disease by reducing the major risk factors, such as high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. Kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The program will be provided online through emails and virtual presentations. This is the second year UHV has received funding for this program. During the virtual meetings, participants will hear health professionals such as a nutritionist, a nurse practitioner, and a fitness trainer to help them develop healthier habits.
Participants also will be given personalized nutrition and physical activity plans; healthy cooking lessons; and educational materials and tools, including Fit Bits and a Portionmate set for new participants. There also will be monthly drawings for a free yearlong YMCA gym membership and H-E-B gift cards. Emails will be sent weekly to registered participants and will include information and links for activities and presentations related to the study.
“This is a great opportunity for our community members to learn more about how to prevent kidney disease and improve their health,” said Courtney Middleton-Sides, UHV senior director for corporate and foundation relations. “We are grateful for the opportunity to modify this grant to become a virtual program to help our communities.”
For more information or to join the program, contact Wiblishauser at 361-570-4178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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