Resources

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois can provide educational materials and resources about kidney disease, dialysis, transplantation, diet, organ donation and more. Please contact us to have materials mailed to you. Download our full Resource Guide for more information.

Phone and Online Support

We provide telephone and online support for anyone with questions about kidney disease and its treatments. One of our trained staff members can answer your questions if you send an email to kidney@nkfi.org at any time, or give us a call at (800) 9-KIDNEY Monday - Friday between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. We will do our best to respond to questions, and if we cannot, we will find you the answer or connect you to the appropriate resource.

Support Groups

Second Chance Transplant Support Group
Presence Covenant Medical Center
1400 W. Park Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Meets at 6:00pm on the 1st Tuesday of every month

Everyday Eating Cookbook

Please note: we are currently out of stock of the Everyday Eating cookbook, and in the process of creating a newly revised edition. Please contact Sara Jane at sjcastro@nkfi.org for questions or additional information.

The Everyday Eating Cookbook is presented by the Illinois Council on Renal Nutrition (ICRN). It is a unique and valuable cookbook that offers:

  • 94 delicious, renal friendly recipes.
  • Nutrient analysis for renal diets.
  • Easy to read and easy to prepare recipes for everyone to enjoy—dialysis patients, family and friends alike.
  • Exciting options for breakfast, lunch, “Kids’ Cuisine”, holiday ideas, low calorie beverages and clever ways to “spice it up”!
  • Food exchanges for each recipe. May be used in tandem with the NKFI Renal Diet Booklet.

The cost of this cookbook is $7.50 for dialysis patients residing in Illinois or Lake County, Indiana, and $10 for non-dialysis patients and all other out-of-state or international orders. To order your cookbook today, please click here to download our order form, and fax, e-mail or mail the form with payment information to Regina White at (312) 321-1505, rwhite@nkfi.org or 215 W. Illinois St., Ste 1C, Chicago, IL 60654. Please call Regina at (312) 321-1500 with any questions.

Please note: Before making major dietary changes, please consult with your doctor and/or renal dietitian.

Renal Diet Booklet

Eating right has a very important effect on how you feel and how well you do on dialysis. Dialysis treatments, eating right and medications all work together to help you feel your best.

The Renal Diet booklet is a daily food guide designed for kidney patients, including those on dialysis. The booklet breaks down the servings of fluids, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, protein, phosphorous, grains, fats and sweets in many foods that are consumed on a daily basis. The Renal Diet booklet was compiled by a group of dietitians who specialize in renal nutrition, and should be used along with the guidelines provided to dialysis patients by their own renal dietitians.

The goal of this booklet is to make it as easy as possible to determine your daily meal plan while living with kidney disease.

The Renal Diet booklet is available in both English and Spanish, and is free for single copies. If you would like more information, or pricing options for ordering in bulk, please contact Regina White at (312) 321-1500 or rwhite@nkfi.org.

My Food Coach Mobile Application

My Food Coach by NKF is a mobile application available on iOS and Android, designed to help you understand and manage all of your nutritional requirements, especially if you have kidney disease or other dietary concerns. Your health care professionals can help by providing important support and education about dietary requirements and modifications that could potentially slow the progression of kidney disease and improve your overall health. To download My Food Coach and learn more, visit myfoodcoach.kidney.org.

Interested in other mobile applications offered by the National Kidney Foundation? Click here to see what else is available for download.

Kidney Living Magazine

Kidney Living is a free magazine for dialysis patients put together by the National Kidney Foundation. Learn more and sign up here!

 

For additional online resources, please explore the links and resources below.

Kidney Disease

National Kidney Foundation: www.kidney.org
American Association of Kidney Patients: www.aakp.org
PKD Foundation: www.pkdcure.org
American Diabetes Association: www.diabetes.org
American Heart Association: www.heart.org
Renal Support Network: www.rsnhope.org

Organ Donation and Transplantation

Transplant Living: www.transplantliving.org
United Network for Organ Sharing: www.UNOS.org
Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients: www.srtr.org
Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network: optn.transplant.hrsa.gov
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network: www.giftofhope.org
Donate Life Illinois: www.donatelifeillinois.org
Living Kidney Donors Network: www.lkdn.org

Transplant Centers in Illinois

Advocate Christ Medical Center: www.advocatehealth.com/cmc
Children's Memorial Hospital: www.luriechildrens.org
Loyola University Hospital: www.loyolamedicine.org
Memorial Medical Center - Springfield: www.memorialmedical.com
Northwestern Memorial Hospital: www.nmh.org/nm/home
OSF St. Francis Medical Center - Peoria: www.osfsaintfrancis.org
Rush University Medical Center: www.rush.edu
The University of Chicago Medical Center: www.uchospitals.edu
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System: hospital.uillinois.edu

Financial Help

American Kidney Fund: www.kidneyfund.org
American Organ Transplant Association: www.a-o-t-a.org
Children's Organ Transplant Association: www.cota.org
National Living Donor Assistance Center: www.livingdonorassistance.org
National Foundation for Transplants: www.transplants.org
Give Forward: www.giveforward.com/kidney

Advocacy

Dialysis Patient Citizens: www.dialysispatients.org
Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus: www.ilgadiabetes.com
Illinois Diabetes Policy Coalition: www.ildpc.org

Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform in Illinois: www2.illinois.gov/gov/healthcarereform
Health Care Reform Nationwide: www.healthcare.gov

Video Library

Ask the expert!

Nancy LePain, Nurse Practitioner, answers patients' questions about kidney disease, treatment options and transplantation. Do you have a question for our expert? Ask it here

What causes kidney disease?

How do I get checked for kidney disease?

How does payment for dialysis work?

How do I get listed for a transplant?

What do I do if I’m considering donating one of my kidneys?

KidneyMobile: On the Road to Healthier Living