The Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project is a non-profit organization committed to education and public awareness about issues surrounding chronic kidney disease and its prevention. The organization also operates an Active Living Grant Program benefiting those living with chronic kidney disease and hosts an annual run to raise awareness of kidney health and support related services and research.
With many dialysis patients living relatively sedentary lives, Alive to Strive’s grant and race programs help patients set and reach customized fitness goals, while connecting with others. The Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project is committed to helping those living with chronic kidney disease maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is a front-line organization working directly with individuals living with kidney disease to encourage better health and provide a supportive network.
Facts about Kidney Disease
- Approximately 2 million Canadians are estimated to have chronic kidney disease.
- The disease is often silent and therefore many people do not even know that their kidney function is reduced.
- Known risk factors for the development of kidney failure include diabetes and hypertension.
- People with kidney disease are at approximately 20 more likely to die from heart disease than people without kidney disease.
- Early detection may lead to appropriate interventions that can slow the progression of kidney disease.
- Although medications are often required to treat people with diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease, life style modification is very important.
- Physical activity and weight loss can lead to improved glucose control and a reduction in blood pressure, which is important in delaying the progression of kidney disease.