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The Event
Education, training, and resources in partnership with Basic Needs Coalition and Advanced Care Hospital
Location & Address
Strawberry Festival - Downtown Billings
June 11, 2011 turned out to be the most beautiful day the Billings, Montana community had seen in weeks. Conditions were perfect to spread the word about chronic kidney disease to approximately 14,000 residents and visitors to the area. Dialysis Clinic Inc.-Billings, along with the Billings Food Bank and Advanced Care Hospital joined forces to provide education on Chronic Kidney Disease as well as fundraise for better diet specific resources for those in need at the annual Strawberry Festival. The Strawberry Festival in downtown Billings, is one of the first events in the city to announce the beginning of summer for this large rural community. Chef Ted Goldy from the Advanced Care Hospital of Montana provided training for the students attending the Fortin Culinary Center on preparing medically appropriate diets. The culinary students presented their delicious kidney friendly menu which featured a delicious strawberry spinach salad with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing and a chicken salad sandwich for purchase at the festival. Kari Leach, dietitian, from the DCI-Billings clinic developed a 30 page user friendly cookbook and shopping list that could help people concerned about heart health, diabetes and kidney disease. All proceeds from the food and cookbook sales went to the Billings Food Bank to be used for the development of diet specific resources to be used in the Billings community. These resources will be used long after the Strawberry Festival is over. The cookbook as well as other educational materials on chronic kidney disease will be distributed to recipients of area food boxes and food bank participants in the months and years to come. Overall, 33 volunteers provided creativity, time and energy in the planning of, the setting up and the implementation of the community event at the Strawberry Festival. All of the volunteers were given a T-shirt to wear the day of the event. The theme of our event boasted the title “Berries… The Super Food for Kidney Health” with a picture of a live strawberry as a super hero. Throughout the day of the festival, staff and a few dialysis patients were on hand to talk with interested people about chronic kidney disease, dialysis treatment choices and prevention of kidney disease. The event raised $479 for the Billings Food Bank to be used for diet specific resources and food boxes. We are grateful for this opportunity to improve the health and well being of our community.
Date & Time
June 11, 2011, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
For More Information
Kari Leach or Cindy Cornell 406-252-9270

Full details and program guidelines are posted on www.dciinc.org and the DCI intranet. Acts of Service must be coordinated by DCI employees. All DCI employees are welcome to participate. * Award money received from winning the online competition for "Best Act of Service" is to be used for DCI clinic educational purposes. For example: Paying for staff education courses, funding Pre-ESRD courses, or to purchase educational items to be used in the clinic.

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