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Alan Watkins

Alan Watkins, Fresenius Medical Care 2012 Champion in Motion

Alan knows regular exercise is important. He visits the gym often and also coaches basketball at a local high school.

Basketball and Regular Exercise Keep Patient Fit in the City of Brotherly Love

When he was 37 years old, Alan Watkins was diagnosed with kidney failure, and he has now been on dialysis for almost three years. He receives in-center hemodialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care Cambria in Philadelphia. Alan hasn't let his disease slow him down much, and he still exercises at least twice a week, hitting the weights, running on a treadmill or riding a bike. Alan also participates in his clinic's "Easy Bike" program, which allows him to ride a stationary bike while he's dialyzing.

Alan was born and raised in Philadelphia, a city with a rich history in basketball, and from an early age he embraced the game. After excelling on his high school team, Alan went on to play NCAA Division I (the highest level) ball at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Although he no longer plays regularly, Alan continues to coach high school basketball at Pel-Tech Charter School.

Alan understands that regular exercise and a healthy diet are critical factors in maintaining good dialysis results, and he always encourages other patients to eat well and stay active. He especially likes to help elderly patients find exercises that they can do on a regular basis. When he's not coaching or working out at the gym, Alan likes to spend time with his four daughters, and cook healthy meals for the whole family.