May is Asthma Awareness Month

The American Association of School Administrators is committed to improving the lives of children through their health and wellness programs and resources. Visit Worthington Direct today to purchase safer, GREENGUARD approved furniture for your students.  Since May is Asthma Awareness Month, we would like to highlight some facts, figures and activities:

Facts About Asthma

  • Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and youth in the United States.
  • Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism.
  • In 2002, 14.7 million school days were missed due to asthma
  • In 2003, five million school-aged children and youth were reported to currently have asthma
  • 3.1 million children had an asthma episode or attack within the previous year.2 On average, in a classroom of 30 children, about three are likely to have asthma.
  • Low-income populations, minorities and children living in inner cities experience more emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths due to asthma than the general population
  • Asthma attacks, also referred to as episodes, can be caused by tobacco smoke, dust mites, furred and feathered animals, certain molds, chemicals and strong odors in the school environment.

Healthy School Environments — The indoor air quality of your district’s schools is also of utmost importance – for students and staff both with and without asthma. AASA’s Healthy Schools Environment Project works with districts large and small to brainstorm ways to work together to improve the indoor air quality of all schools. continue reading

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