Cass County: Let's Get Healthy

Free Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

How healthy are you? Organizers of the Community Health Fair want to make sure you're in good shape inside and out.

Manna Fellowship Church, located east of Raymore on Highway 291, is partnering with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI), the nation’s largest non-profit kidney care provider, for a free day to improve your health and wellness. The event includes free health screenings, health education and creative activities for kids. Drawings for gift cards from local businesses will occur throughout the day.

The focus of the event is kidney health and kidney disease prevention. It will include: •Blood pressure and blood sugar screenings •Information on kidney health and kidney-related diseases •Dietary counseling •Practical tips for a healthy lifestyle •Knowledge about your medications

Why focus on kidney health? More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease. That means 1 in 10 people is at risk for developing kidney disease in their lifetime, and millions are undiagnosed. You don't want to be one of them.

Who’s at risk? Everyone has some risk of kidney disease, but some have a greater likelihood. Diabetes, high blood pressure and family history are some of the leading causes of kidney disease.

“Manna Fellowship Church is active in meeting practical needs around the world and in Cass County,” said Pastor Rick Friesen. “This is a totally free event, with no strings attached, for the benefit of our community. Even if you're not interested in screenings, bring the kids for a fun day and get in on the drawings for prizes.”

Kristi Snyder, of DCI, said the health fair is one of the non-profit's free educational initiatives known as a “Purpose Project.” Purpose Projects are community service events funded by DCI to promote kidney awareness and health. DCI believes providing early kidney disease detection and screening may help prevent or delay kidney failure.

Manna Fellowship Church, 17324 S MO-291, Pleasant Hill, Mo., is located just east of Raymore, at the intersection of highways 58 and 291. Learn more at

DCI provides comprehensive care to patients in the Kansas City area. Learn more at

Event Information •Free •Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. •Manna Fellowship Church: 17324 S. MO-291, Pleasant Hill, Mo., 64081 •

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