Kid­ney runs

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Fun runs in Kaitaia and Kerik­eri to­day for World Kid­ney Day will help raise aware­ness of the high bur­den of kid­ney dis­ease. Each year, 715 North­landers use re­nal ser­vices, in­clud­ing 187 peo­ple on dial­y­sis. Drink­ing wa­ter, ex­er­cis­ing, hav­ing a healthy diet and be­ing smoke­free can help pre­vent or de­lay many types of kid­ney dis­ease, said Lisa Har­vey-Jack, clin­i­cal nurse man­ager of the Whangarei Hos­pi­tal Re­nal Unit. Fun run and walk events will take place in ar­eas with re­nal units to raise aware­ness and funds. In Kaitaia, the event will start at Kaitaia Hos­pi­tal, with reg­is­tra­tion from 4.15pm and the event start­ing at 5pm. Par­tic­i­pants can choose a 3km loop or 6km. In Kerik­eri, the fun run and walk will be held at Kerik­eri Do­main, with reg­is­tra­tion from 5pm and the event start­ing at 5.30pm. En­try for both events is $5 for adults or $2 for chil­dren, with spot prizes on of­fer.

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