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Healthier Kidneys Through Your Kitchen (HKTYK)

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Chronic Kidney Disease is the 4th most frequent diagnosis in the VA. The cost of caring for this population is disproportionately high at $18 billion per year. This program identifies Veterans with stage 3 CKD and offers our participation in our class that explains CKD and lifestyle changes that can slow progression. Veterans enjoy a cooking and exercise demonstration. Veterans meet with a dietitian for behavior change counseling and individual lab review. A sample PACT went from 37% to 65% of Veterans with CKD having nutrition intervention from a Dietitian. Prevention saves dollars and improves the Veterans’ quality of life.

This innovation is scaling widely with the support of national stakeholders. See more scaling innovations.


21 successful, 15 in-progress

Awards and Recognition:

Diffusion of Excellence Promising Practice, iNet Spark Award Investee, iNET Spread Investee, VHA Shark Tank Winner


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Does not include Clinical Resource Hubs (CRH)


There are no unsuccessful adoptions for this innovation.