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Columbia Show "U" Express
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DCI Columbia
3300 Lemone Industrial Blvd, Columbia MO 65202
 
The Event
DCI 1st Annual Party in the Park: Committed to Promoting a Healthier “U”
 
Location & Address
Stephens Lake Park, 2001 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO
 
Description
Party…On Saturday, June 25th the DCI in Columbia, Missouri held a fantastic 40 Acts of Service Party in the Park despite a brief rain delay, the weather cleared and 543 people including patients from DCI and DaVita, their families and friends, DCI staff and the general public had a fantastic day at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. We provided tasty BBQ lunches at no cost along with DCI balloons, koozies, wrists bands and pens. In every way we made sure people knew we were from DCI and proud of it! Learn…Our day was full of ways for patients and the community to learn and receive important services. A key element of service was a health screening by the Minority Health Coalition who did a tremendous job providing blood pressure checks to over 50 individuals and blood glucose screenings for 15 people. They also had an outstanding diabetes educator who helped many interested people learn how to be healthy with their special diabetes map. The Midwest Transplant Network provided organ donation cards and information to over 100 individuals. A young woman with a heart transplant and the wife of a transplant recipient mingled through the crowd to talk with people about organ donation. What a positive way to learn more about the importance of organ donation and signing donor cards. It worked! Over 27 donor cards were completed. Nine University of Missouri dietetic students provided great tasting renal-friendly food samples and recipes as well as BMI measurements. Missouri Kidney Program provided relevant education about current legislative changes impacting renal patients in Missouri. Central Missouri Kidney Association, a local non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to the renal community, informed patients of the many ways they assist. Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging– Claim provided information on Medicare topics of importance to the renal community. National Kidney Foundation’s representative distributed educational materials, cookbooks and resource information important to the renal community, as did the American Heart Association. The Columbia DCI made colorful handouts on Know Your Kidneys, How Can You Take Good Care of Your Kidneys? Risk Factors for Getting Kidney Disease, Dialysis Facts, and Common Myths about Dialysis. Many of these facts were posted throughout the part to help people learn about kidney disease, and these signs prompted much interest and questions from park visitors. Laugh… The hit of the entire day for the many kids was a large bounce house that provided hours of fun and exercise for them. Sno-Cones and popcorn machines hummed along, providing tasty delights for enjoyment. A talented face painter provided giggles for the kids with her bright designs on their faces, and they in turn provided lots of color and laughter as they played and enjoyed the day. We also had two wonderful bands playing in areas around the park for everyone’s enjoyment, and both children and adults loved the music that rocked the house and made people get their groove on as they celebrated DCI. We wanted people to see that DCI knew how to put on a great party in addition to saving lives with dialysis! Teamwork – Where it all begins and ends… We had a wonderful day of learning, good friends and food, warm smiles and hugs, great music and fun times to honor our patients and educate our community. Thanks to our many fabulous volunteers, who comprised 80% of our 51 Columbia DCI employees and their families, for making this such a successful Party in the Park that we hope to repeat it next year so we can Party, Learn and Laugh again!
 
Date & Time
June 25, 2011, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 
For More Information
Norma Knowles at DCI Columbia 573-443-1531, ext 2105
 
 
 

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