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DaVita Renal Dietitians Conduct First-Ever 'EYE on CKD' Workshop
Date:5/21/2008

One-Day Program Provides Continuing CKD Nutrition Education for Non-Renal

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Inc., a leading provider of kidney care services for those diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and disease (CKD), recently conducted its first-ever EYE on CKD Nutrition (Expand Your Expertise in CKD Nutrition) workshop on March 6, 2008 in southern California. The workshop is designed to help non-renal dietitians better understand the unique nutritional needs of CKD patients.

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Developed by the DaVita(R) Nutrition Council and conducted by DaVita renal dietitians, EYE on CKD is a one-day continuing education workshop for hospital, long-term care and community-based non-renal dietitians who care for CKD patients. Additionally, EYE on CKD addresses the growing number of early stage CKD patients who are at-risk of crashing into dialysis in a malnourished state or with unmanaged mineral and bone disorders due to poor nutritional care.

Nearly sixty registrants attended the March EYE on CKD workshop, which consisted of topics such as "When Kidneys Fail," "A Day in the Life of a Renal Dietitian," and "Healthy Choices-the DaVita Kitchen." DaVita renal dietitians also conducted workshops to teach attendees about the dietitian's role in helping patients monitor mineral and calorie intakes, preventing and managing mineral and bone disorders, and understanding the connection between anemia and the kidneys.

"This was a very exciting day for our DaVita dietitian presenters," said Debbie Benner, MA, RD, CSR, and National Director Nutrition Services at DaVita. "We were so thrilled to be able to promote CKD nutrition in such a positive way. By providing ongoing education to other dietitians, as well as our own teammates, we're ens
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