Healthy Kidneys Education Project

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

Teaching our kids about the importance of healthy kidneys

We aim to put preventable chronic diseases under the spotlight, using music, song, dance, experiments and interactive fun activities, guiding positive lifestyle choices from an early age.

Teaching our kids about the importance of healthy kidneys

We aim to put preventable chronic diseases under the spotlight, using music, song, dance, experiments and interactive fun activities, guiding positive lifestyle choices from an early age

World Kidney Day 2021 …

Support World Kidney Day 2021

World Kidney Day is a global campaign which aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

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.

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 and unhealthy food (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 and unhealthy food (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 and unhealthy food (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

“I now want to have a healthier lifestyle.”

Student, Grades 5&6

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

Student, Grades 5&6

“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

“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

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

Student, Grades F-4

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

Teacher, Grades 5&6

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

Teacher, Grades 5&6

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

Teacher, Grades 5&6

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

Teacher, Grades F-4

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

Teacher, Grades F-4

“Great tips for teaching content.”

Teacher, Grades F-4

“Songs and dance were fabulous and engaging for students”

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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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What do kids learn in our one-hour session?

The Healthy Kidneys Education Project delivers four one-hour repeat sessions during one day at your school.

Kids learn to:

  • Understand how kidneys clean the blood
  • Recognise that water is the healthy drink option
  • Identify the colour of healthy wee
  • Recognise the amount of sugar in sugary drinks and food
  • Develop critical thinking to discern the links between poor lifestyle choices, obesity and chronic diseases.

SugarByHalf Podcast

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.

SugarByHalf is a not-for-profit, independent organisation, led by a team of health experts and business professionals who are also concerned parents. They are passionate about a future for Australia where people live better, stronger and healthier lives through the reduction of sugar-related diseases.

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Working with SugarByHalf and Cool Australia to create FREE teaching resources

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

Lesson 1

Where does sugar come from?

Lesson 2

What do your kidneys do?

Lesson 3

Sugar and My Body

Lesson 4

Get up and Groove to Healthy Choices

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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.

Get in touch

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

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