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take charge

chronic disease self management program


March 3 - April 28, 2021


take charge of your kidney health

connecting you to resources and education

Take Charge: Chronic Disease Self Management Program is a eight-week, 2 hour-long workshop for participants who are in various stages of Chronic Kidney Disease.  The first six weeks focus on overall healthy living, with two additional sessions that cover kidney specific content. There will be an additional, optional pre-session the week before we start that’s an orientation to the online platform. This event is offered free of charge to participants. Participants should plan to attend all eight sessions. 

You should attend this workshop if:

  • You have kidney disease, kidney failure, or a kidney transplant  

  • You are a caregiver

  • You have any risk factors for chronic kidney disease, including diabetes or hypertension


At the end of the 8 weeks, you will learn how to:

  • Manage everyday activities

  • Control symptoms and decrease stress

  • Improve communication skills

  • Avoid complications

  • Improve your overall health and increase your energy

  • Become an advocate for yourself

  • Understand fluid restrictions and dialysis

  • Ask a panel of experts more about kidney disease



Ready to take control of your health?


Reserve your spot now, and take action! Only 15 spots are available. Return the completed form to Rachel DePauw at rdepauw@nkfi.org.


registration information

  • Registration is free: as are all program materials.

  • Pre-registration online: is required for all attendees. There are only 15 open spots per session.

  • Donations: to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois are welcome and will help cover additional program expenses.


location & details



Orientation Week 0 (3/3)

  • Get familiar with the platform

Session Week 1 (3/10)

  • Fatigue and getting a good night's sleep 

  • The mind-body connection/distraction

  • Introduction to Action Plans

Session Week 2 (3/17)

  • Introduction to problem-solving

  • Dealing with difficult emotions

  • Introduction to physical activity and exercise 

  • Preventing falls and improving balance


Session Week 3 (3/24)

  • Making decisions

  • Pain management

  • Endurance exercise

  • Healthy eating

Session Week 4 (3/31)

  • Better breathing 

  • Reading food labels - Part 1

  • Problem solving

  • Communication skills



Session Week 5 (4/7)

  • Reading food labels - Part 2 

  • Medication usage

  • Relaxation body scan

  • Dealing with depression

  • Communicating with ourselves

Session Week 6 (4/14)

  • Making informed treatment decisions

  • Working with your health care team

  • Guided imagery relaxation

  • Looking back and planning for the future

Session Week 7 (4/21)

  • What is chronic kidney disease

  • Connection between kidney disease and other chronic conditions

  • Tools to manage kidney disease

  • Navigating the health care system

  • Patient reference and important medical tests

Session Week 8 (4/28)

  • Menu planning for stage 3-4 kidney disease

  • Panel discussion

  • Motivation for a healthy future

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March 3, 2021, 4:00-6:00 PM (optional)

March 10, 2021, 4:00-6:00 PM

March 17, 2021, 4:00-6:00 PM

March 24, 2021, 4:00-6:00 PM

March 31, 2021, 4:00-6:00 PM

April 7, 2020, 4:00-6:00 PM

April 14, 2020, 4:00-6:00 PM

April 21, 2021, 4:00-6:00 PM

April 28, 2020, 4:00-6:00 PM




Access the courses from the comfort of your home


Presentation materials will be available to attendees at the event and post-event via email.  


Supportive Friend


Before embarking on this 8 week journey- I was depressed in learning that my kidney function had declined. However, this was due to exercising to the extreme without proper hydration. When Monica asked if I would like to participate in the Take Charge program, I was elated to know that I would be sharing my story with people like myself...I felt right at home. Their stories not only inspired me, but made me realized that I have CKD, but CKD doesn’t have me. Take Charge has changed my life!


– Take Charge Participant

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