Fresenius Medical Care Salutes Patients for Commitment to Fitness

  Fresenius Medical Care Salutes Patients for Commitment to Fitness

 2013 Champion in Motion Awards Recognize Regular Exercise and Healthy Diets

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- September 19, 2013

Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of
dialysis facilities, today launched its second annual Champions in Motion
program, which recognizes dialysis patients across the country who have
distinguished themselves by their commitment to regular physical activity. The
program is part of FMCNA’s Healthy Lifestyle initiative, which aims to help
people with kidney failure live better lives on dialysis by encouraging them
to exercise and maintain healthy diets.

Over the next few months, FMCNA will honor 20 dialysis patients, ranging in
age from 27 to 88, who have committed themselves to regular exercise, whether
it’s a morning walk, swim or jog, or riding a bike or playing golf.

Patients were nominated by FMCNA healthcare teams across the U.S., and the
final selections were made by a committee representing the company’s various
medical disciplines. Award winners will be honored throughout the fall by
their local clinical care teams, with certificates and rosettes. Their stories
will also be featured on

Louis Slaughter, a patient in Lansing, Mich., was recognized as a Champion in
Motion because of his active lifestyle, which includes playing golf, hunting
and fishing. The 53-year-old pastor has kept fit and maintained a positive
attitude during the 20 years since he began dialysis, while receiving, and
later losing, a kidney transplant.

Slaughter’s simple advice to other dialysis patients: stay active and you’ll
feel better. “Exercise not only improves your overall health,” he says, “it
helps you rebound faster from treatment and maintain a normal lifestyle.”

Regular exercise is associated with numerous health benefits, including
stronger muscles and heart; increased joint flexibility; improved circulation,
digestion and sleep; and better control of blood pressure and body weight.
That’s why FMCNA encourages its dialysis patients to work with their clinics’
healthcare teams – including nephrologists, nephrology nurses, social workers
and dietitians – to create an exercise program tailored to their specific
needs and fitness level.

“Physical activity is important for anyone with chronic kidney disease,
including those with end-stage renal disease, who require either dialysis or a
kidney transplant,” said Dugan W. Maddux, M.D., FACP and vice president of
Chronic Kidney Disease Initiatives  at FMCNA. “Many patients on dialysis find
that they feel better if they get regular exercise, and part of our jobs as
renal professionals is to help patients find activities that are right for
them, no matter what level of activity they may be used to. Everyone can do

Through its Healthy Lifestyle initiative, FMCNA is also promoting the benefits
of healthy diets and good nutrition, which are important considerations for
all dialysis patients. To support its healthy nutrition campaign, FMCNA has
partnered with Food Network Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. Throughout 2013, Chef
McCargo is developing new dialysis-friendly recipes, attending patient events,
and promoting healthy diets that include tasty, satisfying meals for people
with kidney failure.

Patients can find fitness tips, videos and other information about staying
active and maintaining a healthy diet on FMCNA’s website:

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through our leading network of more than 2,150 dialysis facilities in North
America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated
hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal
services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States,
Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent’s top producer of dialysis
equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of
renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit; for information
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