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When diagnosed with kidney disease, you may feel like many things are outside of your control. However, there are several steps you can take to protect your remaining kidney function.
Taking part in leisure activities and maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle can go a long way toward helping you stay healthy. It is important (and fun!) to take part in social activities, sports and recreational events, and other pastimes that you, your family and friends enjoy.
You may need to make a few adjustments, but they will be well worth it. Kidney disease may be part of your life, but it should not consume your life.

Our presenters will discuss:

  • Eating well
  • Physical activity
  • Their personal experience with exercise and kidney disease.


June Martin


June Martin is a Registered Dietitian who has been working with PD, Hemodialysis and CKD patients for over 15 years at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, ON. She is the Past Chair of the Canadian Association of Nephrology Dietitians and an integral part of the team behind Kidney Community Kitchen, a Kidney Foundation website providing recipes and renal diet information for people with CKD.

Dr. Clara Bohm 

Dr. Clara Bohm is a nephrologist with the Manitoba Renal Program and assistant professor and clinical researcher at the University of Manitoba. She received her MD from McMaster University and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan and nephrology training at Dalhousie University.  She also received a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2014. Since 2005, as the Medical Lead of the Manitoba Renal Program Exercise and Wellness Program, she has developed a variety of clinical exercise initiatives for individuals with all stages of CKD.  Her research interests lie in the effects of exercise on physical function, symptoms and quality of life in individuals with chronic kidney disease.

Sandra Muncaster

Sandra was only 18 when she was diagnosed with renal failure. Being near death, she was immediately admitted to the Sault Area Hospital for dialysis. She spent only nine months on hemodialysis before she received a kidney transplant in Toronto. Unfortunately, the upper pole of the kidney never worked, so it failed after only two years. She has been on hemodialysis ever since. When she's not at the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her hubby of 20 years and her three rescue cats. She also has a thriving career as a freelance writer.


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