March is National Kidney Month! Celebrate National Kidney Month with us by wearing or lighting up your building in orange like the Aloha Tower and former IBM building! Have you seen pictures of the orange Empire State Building yet?
At the National Kidney Foundation of Hawai’I (NKFH), we take kidney disease seriously. Over 168,000 people are known to have kidney disease in Hawaii, over 3,600 are on dialysis, and approximately 400 are waiting for kidney transplants. Hawaii is 30% higher than the national average for persons at risk for kidney disease and failure.
What has NKFH done?
The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii (NKFH) is the state's leading voluntary health agency dedicated to the detection, prevention and treatment of kidney and urinary tract diseases. As an advocacy group the National Kidney Foundation helped shape legislation that allows Medicare to cover the majority costs of dialysis of the medical costs of kidney transplants. Prior to this legislation in the 1960s, many people did not survive after their kidneys failed.
Through its national offices, 51 affiliates, and more than 200 chapters nationwide. NKF develops and delivers programs to communities and individuals.
Leading these efforts in Hawaii are more than 1,000 committed volunteers. Together, they bring help and hope to the more than 2,000 Hawaii residents who suffer from kidney failure and the many more who have kidney and urological diseases in our islands. This is accomplished through patients and community services, advocacy, public and professional education, research and organ donation programs.
Founded in the 1950s, the National Kidney Foundation seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increase the availability of all organs and transplants.
Top 10 things your kidneys do:
- Filter 200 liters of blood a day, removing two liters of toxins, wastes and water
- Regulate the body's hydration and water balance
- Regulate blood pressure by controlling fluid levels and making the hormone that causes blood vessels to constrict
- Support healthy bones and tissues by producing the active form of Vitamin D
- Produce the hormone that stimulates bone marrow to manufacture red blood cells
- Keep blood minerals in balance
- Keep electrolytes in balance
- Regulate blood acid levels
- Remove certain drugs from the blood
- Eliminate excess water-soluble vitamins
About Aloha Tower:
Located in downtown Honolulu at Pier 9, the Aloha Tower integrates Hawai’i’s 2050 sustainability goals as a place to live, work, and play. Aloha Tower stands as a welcoming beacon for visitors traveling to O’ahu and contains everything from urban loft spaces for Hawai’i Pacific University, residential units, and an exciting marketplace. It was opened on September 11, 1926 and stands at 10 stories and 184 feet tall with 40 feet of flag mast. For four decades, the Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii.