The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is teaming up with Crawford County Health Department to provide free kidney screenings Thursday, Aug. 15, for all local residents.
The screening will be offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' KidneyMobile, the nation's only custom mobile unit that travels across the state screening individuals for kidney disease and its main causes, diabetes and high blood pressure.
The screening will be at Crawford County Health Department, 202 N. Bline, Robinson, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in getting their kidneys checked can attend.
There is no cost to be screened, but appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the health department at 544-8798.
"Right now one in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease," said Mara Lidacis, manager of Community Health Education with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
"Our goal is to educate the community about the risks for kidney disease and detect it early so that people can manage the disease and slow its progression," she added.
In addition to a free screening, attendees will also be able to talk privately with a nurse or doctor about their results and take a tour of the KidneyMobile.
To date, the KidneyMobile has screened more than 36,000 people in Illinois. Unfortunately, 73 percent of people screened had at least one significantly abnormal test result.
Locally, according to the CCHD, 73 people participated in last year's Crawford County Kidneymobile visit and 62 - or 84.9 percent - of them were found to have at least one abnormal screening result. The department encourages area residents to take advantage of this free service.
NKFI is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases as well as improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases.
For more information about risk factors, visit the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' website at www.NKFI.org.