Healthy corporate kidneys

AT FIRST glance the boardroom may not really seem like the ideal place to talk about internal organs, specifically kidneys.

But when you begin to consider the amount of stress and strain (not to mention alcohol, nicotine and fast food) many WA corporate executives consume – it suddenly begins to make a lot of sense.

Kidney disease is after all, a big killer of West Australians.

The Kidney Foundation of Australia is unhappy with the image of corporate execs and workers as stressed out, unhealthy members of society and they’re determined to get the message of good health out into the business sector.

Because this is a very specific problem, the Kidney Foundation decided on a very specific solution – it is offering free presentations about the kidney and kidney disease.

The general presentation format includes a basic explanation of kidney function, a discussion of common kidney diseases, an outline of the common causes of kidney failure, treatment options and even a discussion on organ donation and transplant.

Participants are encouraged to interact and ask questions throughout the presentation.

There is also the interesting option of having the talk followed by a presentation from a patient with Kidney disease.

Freehill, Hollingdale and Page is one of the organisations which decided to take the Kidney Foundation up on its offer.

Freehill’s launched a health management plan incorporating the Kidney Foundation and Optimum Health and Management Services.

The plan will run July next year with a monthly calendar of events.

Freehills training and development administrator Adriana Passarelli said before the plan was put into place, most of the staff at Freehill’s weren’t even aware the Kidney Foundation existed.

“Through inviting speakers from organisations such as the Kidney foundation, it’s a great opportunity for the staff to be more aware of what resources and services are available in the community,” Ms Passarelli said.

A quick tip from the Kidney Foundation: drink more water and remember to make kidneys a part of your regular health check.

Education and Services Coordinator, Jen O’Reilly from the Kidney Foundation says she is conducting only one corporate kidney session per month.

“I would like see a corporate group at least once a week,” said Ms O’Reilly.

If you would like to chat about corporate kidneys or would like more information about the program, contact Education and Services Coordinator, Jen O’Reilly from the Kidney Foundation on (08) 9322 1354.

Sessions are free, but donations to the Kidney Foundation, which is a national, non-profit orgaisation, are gratefully accepted.

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