For patients living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), meeting dietary requirements can be tough. CKD patients experience a slow loss of kidney function over time, and since the main function of the kidneys is to remove waste and excess water from the body, a healthy, balanced, and highly-personalized diet is very important.
This is why the Kidney Foundation of Canada teamed up with High Road to create a web-based dietary resource to make patients’ lives just a little bit easier – and in November 2011, the organization unveiled The Kidney Community Kitchen: a dietitian-approved resource to help patients manage their eating, as well as help their friends and family who support them every day.
To achieve this, HRC worked with the Kidney Foundation to host a focus group with several kidney patients, supporters, and dietitians and plot the course for the creation of a powerful new resource.
CKD patients didn’t just need another cookbook: they wanted a useful, easy-to-use and tailored experience to make their lives easier.
The new website includes:
- The cookbook: Easy-to-use, dietitian-approved recipes with info that is vital to patients such as sodium and phosphorus intake tracking, renal diet exchange information, and ingredient substitution options. Those that visit the website can also comment and rate recipes and website members can save their favourites for later reference.
- The meal planner: Allows users of any experience level to drag-and-drop recipes from the cookbook to build a weekly meal plan that is easily printed and/or shared electronically with friends, family, or their dietitian. Users can also view and print a weekly grocery list for each recipe or for their entire meal plan.
- The food journal: Automatically archives a user’s weekly meal plans, allowing them to review historically, as well as add comments about how they felt that day, how they felt about certain recipes, and track their health information.
- CKD resources: Helping users better understand and manage their health. This is also a great resource for parents, providing things like downloadable “dietary dos and don’ts” which can make sleepovers and other social engagements safer and much more fun.
Congratulations to the Kidney Foundation on this great new project!