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A gray plate with fish, vegetables, and grain are depicted surrounded by the words "Healthier Kidneys Through Your Kitchen" with a red images of a kidney separating those words and "A Recipe for Health"

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.


27 successful, 21 in-progress

Awards and Recognition:

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


Diffusion of Excellence, Systems Redesign and Improvement, VHA Innovators Network


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Does not include Clinical Resource Hubs (CRH)


AZ: Carl T. Hayden Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Phoenix, Arizona) CA: Sacramento VA Medical Center (Sacramento) FL: James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (Tampa, Florida) FL: Orlando VA Medical Center (Orlando)
  • Started adoption on 02/2023.
IA: Iowa City VA Medical Center (Iowa City, Iowa) KY: Franklin R. Sousley Campus (Lexington-Leestown)
  • Started adoption on 06/2017.
MO: John J. Cochran Veterans Hospital (St. Louis John Cochran) MO: Kansas City VA Medical Center (Kansas City, Missouri) NC: W.G. (Bill) Hefner Salisbury Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Salisbury) NE: Omaha VA Medical Center (Omaha, Nebraska) NJ: East Orange VA Medical Center (East Orange)
  • Started adoption on 10/2023.
NJ: Newark VA Clinic (Newark, New Jersey) NM: Raymond G. Murphy Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Albuquerque) NY: Buffalo VA Clinic (Buffalo Main Street)
  • Started adoption on 09/2023.
OH: Daniel L. Kinnard VA Clinic (Newark, Ohio) OR: Portland VA Medical Center (Portland, Oregon) PA: Pittsburgh VA Medical Center-University Drive (Pittsburgh)
  • Started adoption on 08/2021.
PR: San Juan VA Medical Center (San Juan)
  • Started adoption on 03/2021.
SC: Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Columbia, South Carolina) SD: Sioux City VA Clinic (Sioux City)
  • Started adoption on 10/2020.
TN: James H. Quillen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Mountain Home, Tennessee) TN: Memphis VA Medical Center (Memphis) TX: Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans' Hospital (San Antonio, Texas) UT: George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Salt Lake City) WI: Clement J. Zablocki Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) WI: Madison West VA Clinic (Madison West) WV: Martinsburg VA Medical Center (Martinsburg)

There are no unsuccessful adoptions for this innovation.