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Healthy Kidneys Education Project

A FREE education program for schools to reduce the incidence of preventable chronic diseases

Teaching kids about the importance of healthy kidneys

Working with SugarByHalf and Cool Australia to create FREE teaching resources

Educating children about the harmful effects of hidden added sugar in processed food and drinks to reduce the incidence of sugar-related chronic diseases.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

All our lessons are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals –
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

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PKD Awareness Day

Saturday 4th September

Are you or other family members impacted by Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)?

Would you like to have the opportunity to connect with other PKD’ers across Australia and New Zealand?

On Saturday 4th September, we will get together to celebrate PKD Awareness Day. Last year, when we planned our first Zoom gathering, entitled, “Lockdown with PKD in Victoria”, we could not foresee that in 2021 we would be facing the ongoing challenges of multiple lockdowns across Australia and within the “on-again, off-again” Trans-Tasman Bubble.

Charmaine Green, the Manager of PKD Australia, will host the online event with Yvonne Farquharson, the founder of FILTER YOUR FUTURE. Charmaine will provide us with an update from PKD Australia. Yvonne will share some of her own PKD journey including education that has helped her to slow down the progression of this chronic kidney disease. Parents and family members who are supporting children with PKD are encouraged to join us as we will also share some thoughts about talking to your children about PKD (including adult children).

Our theme this year is ‘Our PKD Journey’. Please join us for our own Zoom PKD Bubble!

Time: Sep 4, 2021
11:00 AM Perth
12:30 PM Adelaide, Darwin
01:00 PM Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney
03:00 PM Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, NZ

Defeat Diabetes FaceBook Live

In support of World Kidney Day and to generate awareness of the critical link between kidney disease and T2D, Defeat Diabetes founder Dr. Peter Brukner and Filter Your Future Educator Yvonne Farquharson hosting a Defeat Diabetes Facebook Live event on Wednesday 10 March at 8pm.

Yvonne Farquharson on the SugarByHalf Podcast

Yvonne Farquharson was recently interviewed on the SugarByHalf Podcast, Episode 7. To listen, please click play on the Podcast player below and make sure you follow SugarByHalf on Spotify.

Watch the Healthy Kidneys Education Project in action ...

Our Results

When children are educated about kidneys – how they work, kidney disease, dialysis, kidney transplant, type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases – they have the information to make wise choices for their future health.

What lifestyle changes do children want to make after participating in the Healthy Kidneys Education Project?

Try harder to avoid sugary drinks (Grades F-4)
74%
Drink more water (Grades 5-6)
71%
Eat less junk food (Grades 5-6)
70%
Exercise more (Grades 5-6)
58%
Ask parents to make healthier lifestyle choices (Grades 5-6)
43%
Try harder to avoid sugary drinks (Grades F-4)
96%
Drink more water (Grades 5-6)
78%
Eat less junk food (Grades 5-6)
63%
Exercise more (Grades 5-6)
54%
Ask parents to make healthier lifestyle choices (Grades 5-6)
44%
Try harder to avoid sugary drinks (Grades F-4)
81%
Drink more water (Grades 5-6)
64%
Eat less junk food (Grades 5-6)
50%
Exercise more (Grades 5-6)
42%
Ask parents to make healthier lifestyle choices (Grades 5-6)
33%
Try harder to avoid sugary drinks (Grades F-4)
94%
Drink more water (Grades 5-6)
56%
Eat less junk food (Grades 5-6)
47%
Exercise more (Grades 5-6)
37%
Ask parents to make healthier lifestyle choices (Grades 5-6)
32%

What does everyone say about us?

“I really enjoyed the songs and looking at real life organs of a lamb.”

Student, Grades 5&6

“The songs were super fun and taught us lots of things. I learnt a lot of things about kidneys. I want to be a scientist.”

Student, Grades F-4

“I now want to have a healthier lifestyle.”

Student, Grades 5&6

“Thank you for teaching us all about kidneys. I liked the songs. Now we will take care of our kidneys.”

Student, Grades F-4

“I can’t wait to share the new information with my family.”

Student, Grades 5&6

“I like that it was very interesting and how to look after our bodies.”

Student, Grades F-4

“I liked how you got everyone involved in your program and the songs make me not want to drink sugary drinks.”

Student, Grades 5&6

“Fantastic presentation, great mix between information and factual enjoyment.”

Teacher, Grades 5&6

“The kids loved it and were able to comprehend this important information.”

Teacher, Grades F-4

“Great presentation that kept the class entertained and informed; It was the right pace and type of information.”

Teacher, Grades 5&6

“Great tips for teaching content.”

Teacher, Grades F-4

“Please continue to inspire children & adults with education about healthy lifestyles.”

Teacher, Grades 5&6

“Songs and dance were fabulous and engaging for students”

Teacher, Grades F-4

“Fun! Interesting! Fantastic! Very engaging! You were both very energetic! You kept us all very interested!”

Teacher, Grades F-4

“A highly engaging and informative presentation that was interactive and well delivered. Incredibly topical and relevant to our aims of supporting kids to be healthy, active and informed citizens.”

“Think it complements our Health curriculum beautifully, but gives us some more information and resources to support and target more effectively.”

“Thoroughly engaging and educational session, allowing students & teachers to engage in real learning relating to their own health.”

“Engaging, entertaining, kids loved it. Spoke about some important things in kid speak so the kids could understand and take learning away. We really enjoyed it. They were great.”

“Great presenters who worked well with students and staff. Promoted kidney health with stuff which was great.”

“Thank you. So grateful. Great to see a real kidney.”

“Excellent, it’s great to teach this to our children. We have a family member on dialysis.”

“Good fun for kids and gave more awareness on sugar.”

“Not only were the kids laughing and engaged, they also empathised with what it’s like to have sick kidneys. Powerful stuff.”

“Great to see the children interacting. Should be part of the curriculum.”

Dialysis and Transplant Association of Victoria, Inc.

We are proudly sponsored by …

The Dialysis and Transplant Association of Victoria Incorporated (D.A.T.A.)

The Dialysis and Transplant Association of Victoria Incorporated (D.A.T.A.) are a group made up of people with kidney failure, and their families, carers and friends. They support them by the provision of holiday homes at Rosebud and Yarrawonga and offer a range of other services.

Please donate to D.A.T.A. to help continue their important work.

‘We live and work on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge and pay our respects to their Elders past and present and to all Traditional Custodians throughout the country’

Filter Your Future® supports the Uluru Statement and the From The Heart campaign for a Voice to Parliament enabled by the constitution.

A collaboration for future generations

Dialysis and Transplant Association of Victoria, Inc.
Filter Your Future®
SugarByHalf
Cool Australia

Get in touch

Please contact us for more information about Filter Your Future® and the Healthy Kidneys Education Project