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Occupational Nurses Learn About
Tips To Motivate Employees To Be Screened For HCV

SILVER SPRING, MD, March 5, 2013 – Combining knowledge, passion, and simple motivational messages, Thelma King Thiel, CEO of the Hepatitis Foundation International provided occupational nurses, members of the American Association of Occupational Nurses (AAOHN), with effective tools to encourage employees to assess their risk of liver damage and request their healthcare provider to check the status of their liver. Studies have shown that individuals who learn about the liver are empowered to modify risk behaviors and make healthier food and lifestyle choices.

Baby boomers (those born during 1945 through 1965) are 5 times more likely than other adults to be infected with hepatitis C. Many individuals are reluctant to inform their physician of risk behaviors that may have exposed them to this viral infection. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all baby boomers between the age of 45 and 64 be tested at least once for hepatitis C.

An estimated one in six Americans has a fatty liver that can eventually lead to scarring of the liver called cirrhosis. The liver converts the food we eat into hundreds of life sustaining body functions. Alcohol, drugs and environmental pollutants also must be processed through the liver. Eating too many fatty or sugary foods, drinking more than two drinks a day or taking more that prescribed drugs can cause serious liver damage. Ms. Thiel encouraged the nurses to promote liver wellness to help their employees understand why and how to take better care of their liver and share what they have learned with their families and friends.