Palm Beach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service Dietitian Maxine Daley demonstrating how to cook a delicious, healthy fish meal.
Palm Beach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service Dietitian Maxine Daley demonstrating how to cook a delicious, healthy fish meal. Contributed

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WATERMELON and cucumbers are the latest super foods for optimum health, if you want healthy kidneys, that is.

On Friday, Bugalwena General Practice at Tweed Heads South held an information event including a cooking class, to promote the importance of annual Kidney Health checks and good diet for the local Indigenous community.

Among the diet tips, according to Kidney Health Australia, is staying hydrated, which is particularly important for the organs, with watermelon and cucumbers singled out as the perfect kidney food for its high water content.

The Bugalwena team promoting the importance of health checks during Kidney Health Week.
The Bugalwena team promoting the importance of health checks during Kidney Health Week. Contributed

On the other end of the spectrum smoking, diabetes, poor nutrition, obesity and lack of exercise are among the causes of chronic kidney disease and end stage kidney failure.

The Bugalwena General Practice focusses on kidney health because Aboriginal Australians are 20 to 30 times more likely to experience kidney failure than other Australians.

Practice manager Jackie Moody said the event was successful in getting important health messages out to Aboriginal clients.

“The day went really well with positive feedback from both clients and staff. The food prepared was healthy and delicious,” she said.

Other health tips shared by staff at the event included:

- Chronic kidney disease is a common, silent, progressive and treatable disease.

- Patients can lose up to 90% of kidney function before experiencing symptoms.

- The importance of an annual kidney health check through patient education.

- A kidney health check is as simple as having your blood pressure checked, a urine test and a blood test.



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