In early 2012 the Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project proudly announced the launch of Ottawa’s first fitness and weight loss grant program.
The organization still has money available for Ottawa Hospital patients living with chronic kidney disease and is working hard to prepare for the 2013 Alive to Strive Race.
Alive to Strive, founded in 2011, is committed to helping those living with chronic kidney disease maintain a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes and high blood pressure greatly contribute to the development and progression of chronic kidney disease, but are both treatable with increased activity and weight loss.
The fitness and weight loss grants are currently being offered to patients of the Ottawa Hospital who are on dialysis or with kidney function that is less than 30 per cent.
“The Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project is really a front-line organization working directly with those living with kidney disease to encourage better health and provide a supportive network,” explained Director Marie-Eve Chainey. “Unfortunately, many dialysis patients live relatively sedentary lives. Our program will help them set and reach customized fitness goals and connect with others.”
This could be a simple as funding a membership to a bowling alley, the cost of a weight loss clinic, or even a membership to a fitness club.
Chronic kidney disease and the need for dialysis often results in loss of income and financial insecurity. Financial need can be determined with the assistance of the patient’s social worker.
Applications are currently being accepted and grants will be awarded as they are approved. Funding permitted, the Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project hopes to eventually expand to other Ontario cities.
Find our more information about our grants program.
Funding for the Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project was made possible through the annual Alive to Strive Race. Last year’s event, raised more than $14,000 for Alive to Strive and more than $4,000 for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Kidney Research Centre. It was all thanks to its almost 500 runners and its sponsors: Fresenius Medical Services, Sanofi, Alexion and Gambro.
The 2013 race will be held April 28 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility. Proceeds will support the Alive to Strive grant program and runners will fundraise for various kidney health charities.