Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to raise awareness about asthma! Asthma is a serious, sometimes life threatening chronic respiratory disease that affects the lives of almost 25 million Americans, including an estimated 7 million kids. The U.S. EPA is celebrating Asthma Awareness Month by spreading the word about how serious asthma can be and how important it is to manage environmental asthma triggers like secondhand smoke, dust mites, pet dander, mold and many others. Please join the EPA in raising awareness of this condition by teaching others what asthma is and how the environment can affect people with asthma.
Although I have never suffered from asthma, I understand how it can affect someone’s day to day activities. My childhood best friend, Katherine, suffers from asthma. My pet cats and dog would make it difficult for her to breathe when she would come over to play. With her inhaler in tow, Katherine was always aware of how pets could affect a play date with friends.
The EPA makes it easy for students to learn how to manage the environmental triggers of asthma. You and a parent or guardian can visit http://www.epa.gov/asthma/ to learn more about asthma triggers and Asthma Awareness Month. What is even cooler are all of the interesting materials the EPA offers to raise awareness about asthma. Tell your parent or teacher they can visit the EPA’s website to get a free copy of Clearing the Air of Asthma Triggers. You and your friends can also read Why is Coco Orange? to learn about asthma and air quality. During Asthma Awareness Month this May, help spread the word about asthma!
Shelby Egan is a student volunteer in the EPA’s Air and Radiation Division in Region 5, and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a passion for protecting natural resources, cities she’s never been to and cooking any recipe by The Pioneer Woman.