The prevalence rate of chronic kidney disease in Taiwan is approximately 12%. It is estimated that around 2.5 million people are affected by chronic kidney disease, and this number is increasing year by year, with a trend toward affecting younger individuals.
However, the awareness rate of chronic kidney disease among the Taiwanese population is only 3.5%. This low awareness rate could potentially lead to delays in seeking treatment, resulting in the progression of the disease.
Therefore, increasing awareness about the disease from a young age could effectively enhance the overall disease awareness rate.
Kidney health begins from a young age, and cultivating a healthy mindset early on is crucial.
Obesity is a major risk factor for chronic kidney disease. According to data from the Ministry of Education for the 2021 academic year, the prevalence of overweight and obesity among elementary school students in Taiwan is 27.1%. Among them, 31.2% of boys and 22.7% of girls are considered overweight or obese. This means that roughly 1 in every 3 boys and 1 in every 5 girls fall into the overweight or obese category.
Assisting children in establishing proper healthy lifestyle habits, particularly weight control, is essential for preventing chronic kidney disease and other metabolic disorders.
In the past, it was often heard that "being chubby as a child isn't being fat." However, for school-age children who are in the growth stage, consuming more calories than the body needs can lead to the division of fat cells and the creation of new cells. This lays the foundation for a future "tendency to gain weight." Developing correct dietary habits and regular exercise routines from a young age is essential to avoid obesity and subsequent metabolic disorders.
❚Health education that incorporates learning through enjoyment allows for the practice of diverse learning methods.
"Kidney Power School" has organized over 100 lectures and activities to date, aiming to educate children about proper kidney knowledge and cultivate healthy lifestyle habits through diverse and enriching events.
We regularly host:
Campus Lectures: Entering school campuses and collaborating with teachers to teach students correct kidney health concepts.
Fitness Camp Summer Programs: Using a variety of experiential activities to encourage children's interest in adopting healthy lifestyles.
Drawing Competitions: Through creative drawing, children gain more knowledge about kidneys. Through the perspectives of these children, more people become aware of kidney diseases.
Over the course of 11 years, our impact has been significant.