Kidney Diet Tips

DaVita Dietitians Go Beyond Dialysis to Improve Nutrition

March 1st marks the beginning of National Nutrition Month and National Kidney Month. This year the DaVita Dietitian team, made of over 1500 renal dietitians, is making waves by helping to improve nutrition not only for their dialysis patients, but for their teammates and local communities. The project, “Creating a Wave of Healthy Choices”, was created in recognition that preventing kidney disease begins with healthy eating. DaVita’s Nutrition Services department sees an opportunity for dietitians to make an impact by sharing their expertise with local groups to encourage healthy eating and nutritious food choices.

Daily health tips will be shared with patients and co-workers at dialysis centers each day during March.  DaVita dietitians will provide interactive activities to their co-workers, such as the game “The Biggest Loser (of Poor Food Choices)” which includes fun activities to learn about portions “Don’t Super-size Me” and “The Size is Right”. An activity “Produce More with Produce” will provide a fun way to increase knowledge of the benefits of eating more fresh produce, and creative ways to plan more produce into work lunches and snacks.

For community projects, DaVita dietitians will participate in health fairs, community events, kidney awareness programs and attend local schools with activities such as “Fear Factor: Trying New Foods”, “Healthy Eating on a Budget”, “Get Your Plate in Shape”, “Food Demonstrations” and “Get in Shape Relay”.  Stepping out into the community to reach children, teenagers, adults and seniors provides an opportunity to promote good nutrition and preventative measures that hopefully, will have an impact on risk for chronic diseases such as kidney disease and diabetes.

In addition, Creating a Wave of Healthy Changes, provides DaVita dietitians an opportunity to align with DaVita’s strong vision for social responsibility, which is referred to as the Trilogy of Care. This vision encompasses caring for their dialysis patients, caring for each other, and caring for the community and the world.

Thanks, DaVita Dietitians!

Kidney diet resources from DaVita.com

Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara Colman, RD, CDE

Sara is a renal dietitian with over 20 years experience working with people with diabetes and kidney disease. She is co-author of the popular kidney cookbook "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook". Sara is currently the Manager of Kidney Care Nutrition for DaVita. She analyzes recipes and creates content, resources and tools for the kidney community. In her spare time Sara loves to spend time with her young grandson, including fun times together in her kitchen.