May is Asthma Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month Says U.S. EPA

Many communities plan their Asthma Awareness Month activities in conjunction with World Asthma Day. Mark your calendar. World Asthma Day takes place each year on the first Tuesday in May. Learn more about World Asthma Day, visit www.ginasthma.com

Take Action During Asthma Awareness Month

U,S. EPA Promotes Asthma Awareness Month Agency aims to help families recognize and prevent asthma triggers

Asthma is a serious, life-threatening respiratory disease that affects over 20 million Americans. Rates of asthma have risen sharply over the past thirty years, particularly among children ages 5 to 14 (read more Facts about Asthma)

In response to the growing asthma problem, EPA created a national, multifaceted asthma education and outreach program to share information about environmental factors — found indoors and outdoors — that trigger asthma. Although there is no cure, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental asthma triggers.

EPA’s goal is to reduce exposure to indoor asthma triggers and improve the quality of life for 6.5 million people by 2012.

Join the US EPA in the national effort to raise awareness. Host activities to educate people in your community about comprehensive asthma management. Download EPA’s Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit featuring new ideas for outreach and awareness activities, tips for working with the media, success stories, and much more.
Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit

Download the Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit (revised March 2011) to kick off your activities. The Kit includes tips for:

* Holding an asthma awareness event at a school, local hospital or clinic, library, or your state’s capitol building;
* Distributing asthma materials (flyers, newsletters, etc.) and educating parents on the risks of second-hand smoke;
* Partnering with local organizations to pool resources and increase publicity for your event;
* Collaborating with local leaders/celebrities to boost awareness for your campaigns;
* Garnering media attention for your event; and Much more

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