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EHE International Supports the American Liver Foundation's Efforts at Raising Awareness for Hepatitis
Date:1/9/2008

Naomi Judd Provides an Exclusive Interview with ALF Regarding Her Battle

with Hepatitis C

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. http://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 http://www.liverfoundation.org.


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