As I've mentioned previously, May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, as designated by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. May is so named each year by AAFA and the US President because it's one of the peak seasons of the year for asthma and allergy sufferers.
It's the perfect time to work on getting control of your asthma and also for educating others about how they can contribute to better asthma control in the world.
AAFA has named this year's theme as "a life without limits." They say they chose this theme because it "...is a constant reminder that, today, nothing stands in the way to having a full and active life — with proper diagnosis, prevention and treatment, there are no limits to what people with asthma and allergies can do."
One of the groups most affected by asthma are children and their parents. Asthma affects more than 9 million children in the US and the numbers are growing every year. Thanks to advances in asthma treatment, asthma no longer has to limit a child's ability to be a "normal," active child.
But when children go to school, there are many threats to their respiratory health. You can advocate for your child—and help them live a life without limits—by becoming part of the solution at your school. Here are 5 suggestions from the Environmental Protection Agency for you to work on:
Offer to organize an asthma education seminar for teaching staff on environmental asthma triggers and management. You can contact a local hospital’s respiratory care department to provide respiratory therapists and equipment.
In your child's classroom, volunteer to read children’s books on asthma to students, such as Taking Asthma to School, Zoo Allergy, and The ABC’s of Asthma, by Kim Gosselin.
Coordinate with your local American Lung Association (ALA) to launch an Open Airways for Schools Program for students age 8-11 with asthma.
Start a school-based asthma club or provide information on Web-based asthma clubs such as ALA Nebraska’s Asthma Buster’s Club at www.asthmabusters.org
Offer asthma education for parents at local PTA/PTO meetings or other similar events.
These are just a few ideas to get you started; you can find many more here.
If you're an adult living with asthma like me, you might also look at that document. Perhaps you'll find some ideas you could implement at a local community event or at work.
The important thing to remember is that you CAN live a life without limits, even when you have asthma!
Published On: May 21, 2007