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2/7/2013

Dialysis clinic to hold Kidney Smart class

Dialysis clinic to hold Kidney Smart class

Garden City Dialysis will host a free Kidney Smart class today.

The class, set to begin at 3 p.m., is part of a nationwide effort to empower those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) by providing a basic education course on how to manage their health.

One in six American adults has CKD, and leading causes include diabetes and hypertension. Managing CKD can be difficult, but proper care can slow the progression toward dialysis.

Kidney Smart classes will teach people who have CKD, along with their loved ones, about how to stay healthy with Stage 3, 4, and 5 CKD. Participants learn how kidneys function and causes of CKD; how medications, diet and nutrition work together to keep them healthy; how to manage other related health conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure; how to continue educating themselves; and what treatment choices are available.

"We believe it's our responsibility to help patients learn more about CKD and manage their disease well before they need dialysis," Garden City Dialysis Interim Facility Administrator Sheila Stults said.

The classes are offered in a comfortable group setting, and family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend. The one hour session is run by Garden City Dialysis' experienced health care professionals, including nurses, social workers, dietitians and technicians.

A Kidney Smart class will be held at the Community Congregational Church, located at 710 N. Third St., Garden City, South of the Library, at 3 p.m. Thursday.

To register, call Mary Lake or Diana Ortiz at 276-0994.

To learn more about Kidney Smart or to find a schedule of classes, visit www.KidneySmart.org/class or call (888) MyKidney.

Kidney Smart is a registered trademark of DaVita Inc.

Dillons stores join Heart 2 Heart campaign

As part of the Heart 2 Heart campaign, Dillons stores across Kansas will be spreading a little cheer this Valentine's Day by delivering single stem roses to area children's organizations, hospices, family centers and community homes.

For every paper rose purchased at any Dillons, now through Tuesday, a single stem red rose will be delivered to various local organizations. All roses will stay in the communities where purchased, to share a friendly smile with those who may be overlooked during the holiday.

All roses will be delivered by Dillons in time for Valentine's Day.

In 2012, more than 15,000 balloons were shared with organizations across Kansas to spread smiles and Valentine's cheer.

Kansas school property tax up for renewal

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have begun the process of renewing a statewide property tax that helps fund elementary and secondary schools.

The 20-mill tax raises about $575 million a year for public schools and must be renewed every two years. A mill equals $1 per $1,000 in assessed property value.

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony on the renewal Wednesday. Support came from the Kansas Association of School Boards and the Kansas National Education Association. There was no opposition, and the committee took no action on it.

Revenue from the tax is considered to be part of each school district's contribution to overall education spending.

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