MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Only a little blood was shed by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin following an appearance Monday in Martinsburg to promote the benefits of preventive health for the state's residents.
Manchin was in the city to support an ongoing series of preventive health screenings that could indicate chronic kidney disease during an all-day Kidney Early Evaluation Program at West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division. After a brief speech, Manchin rolled up his shirt sleeves and demonstrated just how easy the process was.
"It's worth the effort to take care of (our health) now to prepare for tomorrow," Manchin said before his screening, which included a blood pressure check, having blood drawn and submitting a urine sample.
"We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to live a healthy life," he said.
It is estimated that 480,000 West Virginians - one in four -experience some form of kidney problems, said Rebecca Schmidt, WVU associate professor of medicine and chief of nephrology.