armed with education
helping young patients live healthy, happy lives
Teenagers, young adults, and their families will meet with physicians, dietitians, and relevant medical practitioners for a morning of hands-on education, and an afternoon of throw-your-hands-in-the-air fun. While parents begin the day talking with experts and participating in a series of kidney-health discussions, our young patients will enjoy an interactive learning experience with healthcare professionals that allows them to understand their diagnosis in an understanding, supportive environment. Educational topics may cover any of the following areas:
Information about new medicine
Managing a kidney transplant
Emotional support and wellness
Breakthroughs in technology
Healthy snacks and nutrition
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To keep teens and their families safe while they're connecting, we're holding this year's event virtually. Log in from the comfort of home -
we'll send you all the necessary program materials.
Log-in provided upon registration
Registrants and their families will receive a special gift in the mail. The gift box will include fun giveaways and all necessary program materials. Be sure to include your mailing address at registration to receive your gift.
SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021
9:00 am Introduction – Welcome
Mateo Solis Rueda, MPH | NKFI Programs Associate
9:05am Nutrition & Bingo Activity
Nicoletta Alavanja, MS, RD, LDN | Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Melissa Prest, DCN, MS, RDN, LDN | NKFI Dietician
9:25am Panel Discussion: Conversation with Teens &
Austin Lee | American Association of Kidney Patients
9:50am Your Kidneys & Exercising
Alexis King, M.A., PhD Student | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
10:10am Teens vs Parents Kidney Jeopardy
10:35am Educational Session for Parents
Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care
Dr. Cybele Ghossein, MD | Northwestern Medicine
10:55am Message from Team IMPACT
Kiernan McGeehan, Regional Director of Programs | Team IMPACT
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The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to successfully impact the lives of young people, their families, and their communities with the help of our dedicated sponsors.
For more information on sponsoring this program, please contact Heidi Merritt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-321-1500.
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