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Focus of fair to educate people on kidney health

Aidan Marquez throws beanbags through a kidney-shaped cornhole board. The event featured basketball games and face painting for children along with plenty of educational booths.

Photo by Laura Gjovaag.
Aidan Marquez throws beanbags through a kidney-shaped cornhole board. The event featured basketball games and face painting for children along with plenty of educational booths.

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Nathan Marchelo, community health promoter for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, explains colon health at the health fair held at DaVita Mt. Adams Kidney Center in Sunnyside this past Saturday.

While kidneys were the focus of the “Healthy Habits, Happy Kidneys” health and wellness fair at DaVita Mt. Adams Kidney Center in Sunnyside this past Saturday, attendees were able to learn about a lot of different options for health care in the Lower Valley.

Erin Dickerson, a dietician at the kidney center, said many people have or are at risk for kidney disease and do not know it.

“Diabetes and hypertension lead to kidney disease,” she said. “There’s a lot of diabetes in this area.”

Of the patients at the kidney center, between 60 and 70 percent have either high blood pressure or diabetes.

“Preventing those problems will also prevent kidney problems,” she said.

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Libby Trevino sits next to a teddy bear with a peritoneal dialysis attachment in its stomach. Trevino, a PD nurse, was at the fair to explain different types of dialysis, which include options that allow patients to live normal lives.

As a result, the health fair invited providers from around the Lower Valley to share information and educate people on what steps to take for better health.

The exhibits included the inflatable colon from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a booth for signing up as a bone marrow donor and doctors from local clinics.

Attendees could also get a free diabetes screening and learn about care options at local retirement communities.

The event also featured free food and games for children.

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