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Kyle, Jenny and 3-year-old Logan Meincke put a puzzle together at their home in rural Stockton after returning from a doctor's appointment for the youngster in Iowa City. Logan has a new kidney, donated by his mom.

Today is the 10th anniversary of World Kidney Day, and supporters urge that all of us drink of glass of water ... and give a glass of water.

Water may protect kidneys, and it's a good idea, anyway, to stay hydrated. It's easy enough to drink a glass, and also simple to suggest that a friend, family member or colleague, do the same.

Some 10 percent of the world's population has some form of kidney damage, and there is a need to create awareness of kidney health.

I was reminded of this a few weeks ago, when I wrote about a rural Scott County toddler who contracted an E-Coli infection, and ended up losing both kidneys. He got a new one from his mom. Here is the story.

The message to me is, you just never know when something like kidney disease would happen. Better to take preventative actions if possible.

Basically, a healthy lifestyle helps to reduce risk to organs. While we can't protect ourselves against every germ or bacteria in the world, we can exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet.

Those interested in supporting World Kidney Day may check out the website for the International Society of Nephrology for more information on improving kidney care and reducing the impact of kidney disease world-wide.

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