Fresenius Medical Care Brings Celebrity Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. and his
Healthy, Flavorful Cuisine to The Boston Kidney Walk
Food Network Chef Demonstrating Renal-Friendly Cooking
WALTHAM, Mass. -- October 22, 2012
Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., sponsored by Fresenius Medical Care North America
(FMCNA), is bringing his cooking skills and big personality to the Boston
Kidney Walk on Sunday, Oct. 28, to show dialysis patients and their families
how to create kidney-friendly meals with his down-home big, bold flavors.
Hosted by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the annual walk attracts
thousands of participants to raise funds to fight kidney disease, and to call
attention to the need for prevention, early detection and organ donation.
More than 26 million Americans – one in nine adults – have chronic kidney
disease (CKD), a progressive, usually permanent loss of kidney function, while
millions more are at increased risk and may not even know it. When CKD leads
to kidney failure, the only treatments are ongoing dialysis or a kidney
transplant. And to stay healthy, people on dialysis have to control their
levels of potassium, phosphorus, salt and saturated fats by limiting their
intake of certain foods.
This year’s Kidney Walk has a new location, starting in Cambridge’s Canal
Park. The four-mile loop route runs southwest along the Charles River before
crossing the Massachusetts Ave. Bridge and returning to the park. Participant
check-in starts at 9:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m.
Beginning at 10 a.m. at the FMCNA booth in Canal Park, Chef McCargo, star of
“Big Daddy’s House” on Food Network, will demonstrate how to prepare
appetizing dishes that are tasty, affordable, and dialysis-friendly for
tailgating or everyday dining. Free food samples will be offered, and an FMCNA
dietitian also will be available to answer questions.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Chef McCargo to Boston. His innovative recipes and
tips for adding flavor and variety to dialysis patients’ meals allow them to
get more enjoyment from eating, while still complying with their diets,” said
Kathy Dickey, regional vice president at FMCNA. “Fresenius Medical Care has
been a sponsor of the Boston Kidney Walk for five years running, and we are
excited that the NKF is putting more focus on the renal diet.”
“The National Kidney Foundation is grateful for the support that Fresenius
Medical Care has given to this event, and we are proud to have them as a
sponsor again this year,” said Andrea Savisky, regional director of the NKF
Serving New England. “The Kidney Walk calls attention to the importance of
early detection for those at risk for kidney disease, and the money we raise
goes directly to support important programs and services, including free early
detection screenings, research support, education, and patient services.”
Dialysis patients can find fitness tips, recipes, videos and other information
about staying active and maintaining a healthy diet at FMCNA’s Healthy
Lifestyles website. Fresenius Medical Care has over 20 dialysis facilities in
Greater Boston. For more information about dialysis services available in New
England, call toll free at 1-888-325-5175. To register for the Boston Kidney
Walk, call the NKF at 1-800-542-4001 or visit www.kidneywalk.org.
About Fresenius Medical Care
Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) is the world’s leading company devoted to
patient-centered renal therapy. Through more than 3,119 clinics in North
America, Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa, we provide kidney
dialysis treatments to approximately 253,000 patients worldwide. We are also
the world’s leading maker of dialysis products, such as dialysis 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 2,100 U.S. dialysis facilities,
visit www.ultracare-dialysis.com (in English and Spanish). For more
information about Fresenius Medical Care, visit www.fmc-ag.com or
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, bringing a
down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. He recently published his
first cookbook, “Simply Done, Well Done.” Whether cooking with his children,
relatives, friends, or even by himself, big food and big fun reign supreme.
Mary Alfieri, 1-617-638-0022 / voice
Fresenius Medical Care
Gary Lacey, 1-781-699-4087 / voice
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