New Community Partnership Champions Kidney Health

Bayer Hawaii has partnered with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i (NKF Hawai‘i) to shine a spotlight on kidney health throughout 2024. This new collaboration will help raise public awareness of kidney disease and kidney care and aligns with both organizations’ commitments to advancing good health.


Bayer at 2023 Kidney Walk
Bayer at 2023 Kidney Walk

 In honor of National Kidney Month in March, Bayer Hawaii and NKF Hawai‘i will launch a multifaceted public education campaign beginning with a one-hour dialogue on KHVH’s Sustaining Hawaii radio show on March 6, followed by a second episode on March 20. Featured experts from NKF Hawai‘i will discuss what kidney disease is and why healthy kidneys matter, and they will offer practical tips to help protect and support these vital organs.


"Kidney disease is a serious health issue that affects a large number of people in the United States. More than 37 million Americans are affected by it. In Hawaii, the situation is even worse, with an estimated 1 in 5 adults suffering from kidney disease," said Rick Hamada, the host of Sustaining Hawaii. "This partnership with NKF Hawai'i will help us raise awareness about this issue and provide valuable resources to those affected by it. We hope to encourage early detection and prevention of kidney disease by sharing stories of resilience and highlighting its importance."


Additionally, Bayer Hawaii will sponsor and participate in the 2024 Hawaii Kidney Walk on March 16 at Kapiolani Park. This event raises crucial funds for NKF Hawai‘i and builds community spirit and public awareness of this important cause.


2023 Kidney Walk at Kapiolani Park
2023 Kidney Walk at Kapiolani Park

According to the CDC and NKF Hawai'i, more than one in seven adults in the U.S. may have chronic kidney disease (CKD) – and 90% of them don’t know it. About half of adults between 30 and 64 years of age are expected to develop CKD in their lifetime. And kidney disease is 30% greater in Hawaii than the national average. Healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent CKD.


"Eating a healthy, balanced diet is crucial for kidney health," emphasizes Jenna Copley, Registered Dietitian at NKF Hawai'i. "Simple changes like limiting processed foods, managing sodium intake, and staying hydrated can make a world of difference."


Jenna Copley on Sustaining Hawaii
Jenna Copley with Rick Hamada at Sustaining Hawaii

Tune in to Sustaining Hawaii on KHVH, 830 AM news radio, at 9 am on March 6 and 20 to learn more from the experts at NKF Hawai‘i. If you miss a show, previous episodes are available here.


Bayer’s mission is “Health for All, Hunger for None.” We encourage everyone to learn more about kidney disease and take proactive steps to support their own kidney health. Visit the NKF of Hawai‘i website for more information and resources. Let’s build a healthier Hawaii together!