On Saturday, April 13th, twelve students with neon orange shirts were on a mission – to promote kidney health in Amherst.
These students, from the Kidney Disease Screening & Awareness Program (KDSAP) at Amherst College, partnered with Dr. Balder of Baystate Medical Center to host a free kidney screening at Amherst Community Connections.
“Chronic kidney disease often goes undetected until its final stages, when it’s often too late for treatment, so it’s really important to look out for the early warning signs” says Ryan, an executive board member of the club. “This event was a great way to get engaged with the local community and educate people about kidney health. I think we helped a lot of people who wouldn’t normally go to the doctor and get screened for kidney disease.”
Seven people from the community stopped by for the screening. They chatted casually with the students about the weather and hobbies as the students checked their Body Mass Index (BMI), blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. All of the screening participants stayed for a private one-on-one consultation with Dr. Balder, who, on average, spent 45 minutes talking to them about their general health, not just kidney health. Every participant who came in also received a free PVTA bus pass. All in all, the students concluded that this screening was a success!