Kidney Foundation Looking for Volunteers

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is now seeking volunteers for the nutrition education and chronic disease prevention program for 5th, 6th & 7th grade students in Wayne & Oakland Counties.

Healthy Kids and Kidneys (HKK) is an evidenced-based program developed in 2003 by National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) as an unfunded chronic disease prevention pilot program for sixth grade students. Since its inception, HKK has served over 3,000 5th–8th grade students in 53 schools throughout Michigan in Wayne, Oakland, and Kent counties. The HKK program began receiving USDA SNAP-Ed funding through the Michigan Nutrition Network in 2006.

HKK takes place over an 8-week period with presentations on the benefits of healthy lifestyle habits such as increasing regular physical activity and eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Community members and experts in the areas of nutrition and physical activity will deliver this program by volunteering their time as lay health educators in the classroom. Lay health educators discuss how healthy habits can prevent chronic disease including diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease.

This may meet internship and/or community service requirements for students in:

  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Volunteers Will:

  • Be trained in the curriculum
  • Demonstrate the importance of engaging in daily physical activities and healthy eating habits
  • Requirements:

  • Interest in the health of our children
  • Commitment to work an entire 8-week session: one 45-60 minute class period per week
  • Attend mandatory 4-hour training session, along with background check prior to school assignment.
  • Reliable transportation; willingness to travel to individual schools.
  • Please call Maureen Smith at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at 313-259-1574 x 22 or 1-800-482-1455 for more information.

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