NHM Health Focus: Liver Awareness Month
National Liver Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Liver Foundation, is designed to call attention to liver health and to raise awareness of the diseases that affect the liver and how many of these might be prevented.
Everything we eat, drink and breathe is processed through the liver, our body's filter. To learn what livers do, you can visit the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House (NDDIC) for an easily understood description or see the Merck Manual for a more technical description.
Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI) provides education, training programs, and materials for the public, patients, educators, and medical professionals about liver wellness and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of viral hepatitis. Their Train-the-Trainer programs for counselors, teachers, nurses, and others working in hepatitis prevention and rehabilitation programs include simple but memorable messages about the liver analogies shown to be effective in motivating people to avoid liver-damaging activities.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to liver and liver health: