NEW YORK, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Liver Foundation (ALF),
the nation's only not-for-profit dedicated to advocating on behalf of
Americans with liver disease, is proud announce that it has united with EHE
International (EHE), to raise the public's awareness of liver disease,
including hepatitis C. To help spread the word about ALF's work, EHE has
donated its 115 square foot display window at 10 Rockefeller Plaza to ALF
for the month of January.
Hepatitis C is the most common blood borne virus in the United States
affecting more than 4 million Americans. Country singer Naomi Judd is one
American who has been touched by hepatitis C, who has become an outspoken
advocate for people living with the virus.
"I say that I will never be free of hepatitis C as long as somebody
else out there is suffering. I still make visits to hospitals and to folks
who are, God bless them, on the transplant list," said Ms. Judd. "I
survived this disease and this is how I did it. I took my drugs. I listened
to my doctors and I did the things that the ALF tells us to do."
"Most people exhibit few or no symptoms of hepatitis C, and when
symptoms do appear, it is only after the disease has progressed. EHE
believes that it is critical for the healthcare industry to get behind
education campaigns geared toward the prevention and treatment of hepatitis
C," said Deborah McKeever, president of EHE. "Although there are
preventative vaccines for hepatitis A and B, none exists for hepatitis C,
therefore prevention is key." We hope that everyone who passes through
Rockefeller Center this month will learn from the display and will visit
their primary care physician for a check of their liver."
The display features signs filled with important liver health facts and
a mannequin showing the placement and size of the liver. In the center of
the window, a monitor continually runs closed-captioned versions of ALF's
exclusive interview with Naomi Judd as well as a quiz allowing passer-bys
to gauge their knowledge of hepatitis C.
"We want to thank EHE for generously donating their display window for
us to raise awareness of this common and potentially fatal virus," said
Rick Smith, the CEO of the American Liver Foundation. "Our display will
help us spread our message to the thousands of people who walk through
Rockefeller Center each day."
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Since 1983, EHE has been the leader in employee and individual
Preventive Healthcare Plans ( PHP) specifically designed for the early
indentification of preventable disease and risk factors; clinical
management of health findings; referral resources; and personal coaching
intervention programs of adverse lifestyle behaviors associated with poor
nutrition, physical inactivity, and smoking. It's nationally available PHP
is a comprehensive, integrated approach to preventive healthcare for the
reduction and management of future medical claims expense. For more
information, contact EHE international. www.eheintl.com
About the American Liver Foundation:
The American Liver Foundation is the nation's leading nonprofit
organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides
research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related
diseases including hepatitis. Please visit the American Liver Foundation's
Web site at www.liverfoundation.org.
SOURCE American Liver Foundation