One of the most powerful ways of maintaining liver health and preventing liver disease is education. It is at the heart of everything the American Liver Foundation does. Many forms of liver disease are preventable and many more are curable if detected early.
The American Liver Foundation (ALF) implements a variety of education programs about liver health and wellness and ways to prevent, treat and live with liver disease.
Our core programs are tailored for people of all ages, whether they are living with or at risk for liver disease, and include:
The American Liver Foundation’s Youth Education Program is an interactive liver wellness education program targeted to elementary, middle, high school and college students. There are 3 age appropriate presentations. The program educates students about the liver and actions that they can take to maximize liver health and ultimately prevent liver disease. It can be held in school and after-school settings as well as venues such as camps, community organizations and organizations that work with various age groups on a local, state or national level.
Love Your Liver, Elementary School (Level 1) is an age appropriate program for grades 3 through 5. Students will learn about the causes of liver disease and action steps that they can follow to prevent them. The format style is presented in a simple and discrete manner. The program also includes a number of interactive activities that can be integrated, time permitting.
Love Your Liver, Middle School (Level 2) educates middle school students about the liver and its functions, ways to take care of it, different types of liver diseases and their risk factors and most importantly prevention tips. Also included are photos of an actual liver as well as graphics that depict the progression of liver disease.
Teens to Twenties: Liver Wellness Guide was created specifically for high school and college aged students. This presentation covers all of the issues covered in the Middle School version however in much more depth. This program also deals with social problems and lifestyle issues of today’s youth. It covers the risks of alcohol and binge drinking, drugs, including information on street, over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs, information on acetaminophen, the most common misused over-the-counter drug today, tattooing and body piercings, sexual behavior, and viral hepatitis. There are photos of a healthy and cirrhotic liver as well as the progression of liver disease and other graphics reinforcing some of the major issues presented.
Once a student has participated in this program, students will have a greater understanding of the liver’s importance and will take the necessary steps to maximize their liver health and prevent the further spread of liver disease. It is the American Liver Foundation’s hope that students will share their knowledge with family and friends, resulting in playing an active role in impacting the liver health of all those around them.
The American Liver Foundation’s Liver Wellness Education Program provides an overview of how to keep one’s liver healthy as well as setting specific plans to maximize liver health by changing unhealthy lifestyles. The program includes information about the liver, action steps that one can take to maximize their liver health, prevent liver disease and live a long, healthy life.
The Liver Wellness Education Program is a versatile program that can stand alone or be used as part of a corporate wellness series. It can be used as a “Lunch and Learn” for civic organizations, library groups or anywhere healthy living programs are needed. It is meant to increase awareness and the importance of the liver, to understand that liver health is a way of life and to ultimately understand that optimum health is your choice.
This program can be customized to fit the time constraints of most organizations. So Liver Wellness is not only a liver wellness education program but also a way to promote healthier living.
The American Liver Foundation’s Viral Hepatitis Programis an education program targeted to individuals who either have or are at risk for viral hepatitis, especially for the hepatitis C virus. The program educates participants about the liver, liver disease (especially hepatitis C), risk factors, prevention, current treatment options and other disease management strategies.
Viral Hepatitis Programs are conducted at community-based organizations that serve this “at risk” population. These include drug treatment facilities, clinics, hospitals, correctional institutions, homeless shelters, drop-in centers, support groups, or senior centers.
American Liver Foundation Program Directors and personnel or specially trained volunteers provide a detailed overview comparing the differences between hepatitis A, B and especially hepatitis C. Special attention is given to explaining risk factors, prevention and transmission methods, as well as disease impact, the most current disease treatments and symptom management. Local resources are provided as well as educational materials.
The goal of the Viral Hepatitis Program provided by the American Liver Foundation is to make certain that participants, especially patients thoroughly understand the liver’s importance and through their actions prevent risking contracting hepatitis in any form, improving their overall health and in general, prevent the further spread of any liver diseases.