By CBS Detroit

Looking out for your health and keeping an eye on eating better should be on menu along with the Thanksgiving turkey and side dishes this week and beyond according to Linda Smith-Wheelock, President & CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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Smith-Wheelock, who assumed the top job of the organization in September, appears with Carol Cain, Senior Producer/Host of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” and talks about the importance of focusing on one’s health to help prevent kidney disease. The show airs 11:30 a.m. this Sunday on CBS 62.

Linda Smith Wheelock, President/CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (Photo credit: Juwan Outlaw)

Smith-Wheelock talked how 70-percent of kidney disease is preventable and added that one in three people is at risk for the disease.

Also one in nine Michigan adults has kidney disease and doesn’t know it.

The issues are greater for African Americans who have four times the risk for kidney disease, she added.

The good news is the disease can often be prevented. Her organization is working to educate the public on kidney disease.

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To help fund its programs, its annual Kidney Ball is being held Dec. 2 at the Motor City Casino Hotel in Detroit. For more: or 800-482-1455.

Also appearing on the show with with Cain is Pete Waldmeir, former Detroit News columnist and volunteer member of the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit.

Waldmeir talks about its programs including providing holiday gifts for kids in need across Metro Detroit.

Major Russ Sjögren, general secretary & metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division (Photo Credit: Juwan Outlaw)

And Maj. Russ Sjögren, General Secretary & metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division, talks up the venerable organization and its Red Kettle campaign to help raise money for its programs.

Donna Satterfield, Vice President –Basic Needs and Impact for United Way of Southeast Michigan. (Photo credit: Juwan Outlaw)

Finally, Donna Satterfield, of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, talks with Cain about its programs and helping those in need find shelter and food this season.

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You can hear the conversation by watching “Michigan Matters” 11:30 am this Sunday on CBS 62.