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Stretching: The first exercise to focus on

Stretching or flexibility exercises improve the movement of joints, help in reaching above your head, and reduce stiffness in muscles.

Stretching exercises:

It is important to stretch the major muscle groups.

When getting started, move into the position slowly until a stretch is felt, and hold that position for 10 seconds. This should be repeated 3 to 5 times for each movement.

It is important to breathe while holding the stretch. The exercises should include moving the arms above the head, to the side, across the chest, stretching the lower legs (calf muscles), the backs of the legs and the front of the thighs. It is also important to stretch out the fingers/hands using a circular motion around the wrist and the toes/feet using a circular motion around the ankle joint.Stretching around the neck and shoulders is also important.

Stretching should be done 4 to 7 days/week

Strengthening exercises:

It is possible to develop muscle strength by moving our body weight against gravity. Examples of such exercises are

  1.  Standing up and sitting down out of a chair several times
  2. Raising up and down on your toes
  3. Stepping up and down off a step
  4. Climbing stairs.

All of these are simple exercises that will strengthen the muscles in the legs, making many activities of daily living easier.

Are you prepared?

Ask your dialysis facility about the emergency plan in case of a snowstorm, fire, power outage or other natural disasters.

  • Make sure you have the names, locations and phone numbers of other dialysis units and hospitals in your area.
  • If you dialyze at home, make sure you have at least two weeks’ worth of unexpired supplies on hand.
  • If you have to miss a dialysis treatment, begin your emergency meal plan.

See additional resources about preparing for emergencies, along with a grocery list and meal plan for a 3-day emergency diet.

Spice Recipe


Here is a SPICE RECIPE that is sure to keep a kick in your kidney friendly lifestyle.
When using this recipe it is important to make sure to blend the spices well. 
  • 3 Tbsp. celery seed
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. crushed oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. crushed thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground bay leaf
  • 1-1-2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/1-2 tsp. ground cloves
Yield: about 1/2 cup
(Nutrition: The Art of Good Eating, Seattle, WA)

NKFMDDE Announces Celebrity Judges for Santé: A Culinary Odyssey

The Countdown Begins – JOIN US for Santé: A Culinary Odyssey

On March 5, 2018 the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware is hosting this unique event with 20+ top local restaurants who will feature their delicious creations, paired with enticing beverages from local wineries and breweries. Santé will also feature the popular “People’s choice” and the “Best of Santé” awards selected by a panel of celebrity judges.

This tasting event will have over 300 guests, and raises vital funds for the NKF-MDDE. Kidney disease is on the rise and is the 9th leading cause of death nationwide. One in nine Marylanders have kidney disease, and 10-12 die each day awaiting a kidney transplant. Today, there are 2,312 Marylanders waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant, and 9,300 who are on dialysis. Each year, kidney disease takes more lives than breast cancer or prostate cancer.

Location:  American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore
6pm – 10 pm

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets to this event.

Joining us for the FUN are Celebrity Judges! Many thanks to the following STARS! 

Dara Bunjon, Dara Does It. – Creative Solutions for the Food Industry

Gina Crash,  Co-host, The Get Up & Go Morning Show -Today’s 101.9 FM
Public Affairs Host, Entercom Radio

Heidi Klotzman, Founder and CEO, HeidnSeek Entertainment, LLC

Leandro Lagera, Blogger, @foodnomad

Arli Lima,  Editor-In-Chief, Arli’s Appetite

Brian Michael Lawrence, Director of Communications & Marketing, Maryland Dept. of Commerce- Tourism, Film & the Arts. Style columnist, Baltimore Snap

 Elsa M., Host, Midday Maryland, ABC2News

Jeni Mann,  Associate Publisher, Baltimore STYLE & Baltimore’s Child

Kathy Wielech Patterson, Co-author of Maryland’s Chesapeake: How the Bay and its Bounty Shaped a CuisineFood Lovers’ Guide to Baltimore and Baltimore Chef’s Table Blogger,

C’MON & JOIN US at a Kidney Walk Near You!

It’s time – the 2018 Kidney Walk in your area will occur SOON! Have you signed your team up yet? Below are the links to all three of our Kidney Walk sites that the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware hosts. Choose your walk, click on one of the links below, then click the “Register” button.
You can sign up as a team captain, team member or individual walker. It’s that easy!

Remember, this is our largest fundraising event of the year, and a wonderful chance to participate firsthand in our mission to support kidney patients! Our kidney patients, friends and families as well as health professionals ban together to walk for kidney health. Help us knock 2018 out of the park and register for this family friendly event today!

Southern Delaware – April 29
Salisbury – May 6
Greater Baltimore – May 6 –


American Favorite Blend

This American Favorite Blend of seasoning is low and sodium and good for you kidneys.

When using this recipe it is important to make sure to blend the spices well. 

  • 5 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 Tsp White Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Celery Seed

Yield: about 1/4 cup.

Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk Moving to Weinberg Y in Waverly, May 6

Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk Moving to Weinberg Y in Waverly, May 6
Family-friendly event supports NKF’s local programs and services

Register Your Team Today!

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware will hold its 16th annual Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk, Sunday, May 6, at The Weinberg Y in Waverly in Baltimore (900 E. 33rd St., 21218).

More than 5,000 people are expected to step up to raise awareness of kidney disease, organ donation and the importance of early screening and healthy lifestyle for those at risk. As the 9th leading cause of death in the United States, kidney disease affects 9,300 Marylanders.

Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history of kidney failure. People of Hispanic, African American, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. Plus, Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end-stage renal disease (kidney failure). Blacks and African Americans suffer from kidney failure at a significantly higher rate than Caucasians – more than 3 times higher.

“Participating in Kidney Walk can help save lives,” said Returning Event Chair Lauren Asghari (founding partner of Alderson Loop, LLC and an NKF board member). “NKF reminds walkers that it only takes two simple tests at your primary care doctor’s office to check for any red flags. That’s important, because kidneys are essential to keeping us alive and healthy.”

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware is pleased to announce Celebrity Walk Ambassador for the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk.

Freeway, best known as a Roc Nation recording artist and member of hip hop super group, State Property, will return as the Walk’s celebrity ambassador. A recipient of the National Kidney Foundation Patient Advocacy Award, he will pose for pictures, sign autographs, give a special Rap performance and showcase Free Will, a documentary detailing his battle with kidney disease.

Check in will begin at 9 a.m.
, when guests will be greeted by “The Band” Marching Unit, Captain Dee-Fense, Major Offense and Homer the Home Depot mascot. Walkers are encouraged to dress as their favorite comic book, cartoon, game or pop culture character.

Following warm-up exercises and a brief opening ceremony, the Walk will kick off at 10 a.m. Participants can choose from a 3-mile route or 1-mile path for strollers and wheelchairs.

Post-walk highlights/activities include a cool down by Tina Brown of Divine Fitness and Health Services, Inc., photobooth, fitness stations by MAC @ Harbor East and University of Maryland at Baltimore, vendor exhibits, the Home Depot KidsZone, facepainting, t-shirt decorating, prizes, giveaways and other fun ways to recognize kidney survivors and donors as superheroes.

Complimentary refreshments will be available and participants also can purchase items from the B’more Greek Grill, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, 2 Bold Chefs and Kona Ice food trucks, which will donate 15 to 20 percent of sales to NKF.

Funds raised through Kidney Walk will directly support NKF’s local patient services, education and research efforts. Participation is free, but donations are encouraged. Everyone who raises a minimum of $100 will receive a commemorative Walk t-shirt. Additional recognition gifts – including jackets – will be awarded for meeting various fundraising levels.

  • For online registration, visit
  • To learn about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call 410.494.8545 to speak with executive director, Pattie Dash.
  • To learn more about resources the Foundation’s local programs and services, visit

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit

KDOQI – Home Dialysis Controversies Conference

This past December, NKF hosted a KDOQI Home Dialysis Controversies Conference that brought together a multi-stakeholder group of patients,
clinicians, care partners, researchers, health payers and healthcare industry representatives to explore the known barriers to beginning and
continuing home dialysis, identify gaps in the research, and propose potential solutions in the form of testable interventions.  A video featuring the select conference attendees (including patients, care partners, and the conference chairs) highlights the importance of this project on patient outcomes and can be viewed here. The goal of this multi-year, PCORI-funded project is to remove the barriers to home  dialysis so that it becomes a viable choice for anyone on dialysis.  The long-term goal is to facilitate the development of research designs to measure home dialysis quality and create interventions to overcome the barriers of maintaining dialysis treatment at home. Additional information, including a series of interviews with some of the most prominent experts in home dialysis can be found here.
This is another example of how NKF is working to help dialysis patients and move kidney disease research forward.




Santé: A Culinary Odyssey

It’s Back – Santé: A Culinary Odyssey

Baltimore’s premier food and beverage event is back to benefit the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware!

This business casual celebration will feature tastings from 25 of Baltimore’s best restaurants, caterers and chefs, paired with enticing beverages. To date some of the participating vendors include B&O American Brasserie, Cunningham’s, The Food Market, Natasha’s Just Brittle, Alexandra’s American Fusion, Libs Grill, Lotz of Sweets, George Martin’s Grillfire, Honey Hive Bakery, Copper Kitchen, Maryland Club, Richardson Farms, Little Havana, Tagliata, Sandy Bottom Sparkling Rum Cocktails and Baltimore Whiskey Company.

Adding to the fun will be celebrity judges, the People’s Choice competition, live entertainment and a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, dining, entertainment, local art, spa, health and fitness and vacation packages. Guests also can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences in the live auction.

Proceeds will support NKF’s local patient emergency assistance program and help fund vital research from the top nephrologists at Johns Hopkins Medicine and University of Maryland Medical Center.

Admission is $100/person or $2,500 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets or tables and/or to receive sponsorship, vendor participation or auction donation information, visit or call Pattie Dash, Executive Director at 443.322.0378.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware greatly appreciates our SPONSORS! THANK YOU!