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To help celebrate National Kidney Month in March, Chef Aaron McCargo
Jr., sponsored by Fresenius
Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of dialysis
facilities, will put his cooking skills on display in Atlanta to
help show dialysis patients – and those at-risk due to diabetes – how to
cook up dialysis-friendly meals packed with bold flavors. At this first
stop in a series of visits across the U.S., Chef McCargo will put on a
healthy cooking demonstration at the American
Diabetes Association Focus:
Stop Diabetes event and will also visit a local clinic to meet with
dialysis patients and staff.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney
failure in the U.S., accounting for about 44 percent of the people
who start treatment for kidney failure each year. To help raise
awareness of the links between diabetes and chronic
kidney disease (CKD), Chef McCargo will put on a live cooking
demonstration at the American
Diabetes Association Focus:
Stop Diabetes event, which is open to the public on March 31 at the
Cobb Galleria Center, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Following the
demonstration, Chef McCargo and FMCNA dietitians will meet with
While in Atlanta, Chef McCargo will be visiting a new FMCNA facility,
Fresenius Medical Care Acworth, where he will talk with patients and
dietitians about how to cook the flavorful meals that he created for the
renal diet. He will also taste test dishes created by clinic dietitians.
For more information on Chef McCargo’s visit to Atlanta, please visit
“People with diabetes as well as those with kidney failure are always
being told what they can’t eat, and that’s why we’re so excited to have
Chef McCargo at our event this year. He will show attendees his ‘Flavor
of Bold’ cuisine and how they can still enjoy food despite strict
dietary restrictions,” said Mike Gault, senior executive director,
American Diabetes Association, Atlanta/North Georgia Region.
CKD and kidney failure disproportionately affect African-Americans,
Hispanics, Asians, American Indians and senior citizens, and being
overweight also increases the chances of developing CKD. There is an
association because these groups are at higher risk for diabetes and
high blood pressure, and it’s important for them to get regular
screenings and be more aware of their overall health.
“People with diabetes need to understand the risks of kidney failure and
get regular screenings, because early detection and treatment can help
prevent further kidney damage and slow the progression of kidney
disease,” said Cathy Hamilton, MS, R.N., regional vice president at
In collaboration with FMCNA dietitians, Chef McCargo is creating new
recipes to demonstrate that dialysis-friendly cooking can not only be
easy but can also satisfy the desire for better-tasting meals, which
leads to a better life on dialysis. Throughout 2012, Chef McCargo will
make additional appearances on behalf of Fresenius Medical Care across
the U.S. He will meet with patients and dietitians to raise awareness of
good nutrition for the dialysis population. Please visit FMCNA's A
Better Life on Dialysis website for more information.
Chronic kidney disease is a progressive, usually permanent loss of
kidney function. When CKD leads to kidney failure, or end-stage renal
disease (ESRD), the only treatments are a kidney
transplant or dialysis.
About Fresenius Medical Care
Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) is the world’s leading company
devoted to patient-oriented renal therapy. Through more than
2,890 clinics in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and
Africa, we provide kidney dialysis treatments to approximately
233,000 patients worldwide. We are also the world's leading maker of
dialysis products such as hemodialysis machines, dialyzers and related
disposable products. Chronic kidney failure is a condition that affects
more than 2.1 million individuals worldwide.
For more information about the company’s more than 1850 U.S. dialysis
facilities, visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com (in
English and Spanish). For more information about Fresenius Medical Care,
About Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.
Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. competed on and won season four of “The Next
Food Network Star” in 2008, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls
for the ultimate dream job – his own Food Network show. “Big Daddy’s
House” premiered in 2008 and continues to be a success. On “Big Daddy’s
House,” Aaron shares his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family
cooking. From comfort foods to barbeque favorites to breakfast delights,
Aaron whips up mouth-watering recipes inspired by many years of culinary
experience and his fun-loving family while bringing a down-to-earth vibe
and warm smile to the kitchen. He recently published his first cookbook,
“Simply Done, Well Done” and launched his own line of signature
spices. Whether cooking with his children, relatives, friends, or even
by himself, big food and big fun reign supreme.
About American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the
deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by
diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage
diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides
objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied
their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to
prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people
affected by diabetes.
For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at
1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.
For more information about Focus: Stop Diabetes, visit www.diabetes.org/focusatlanta
or call 1-888-DIABETES x3113.