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Educating Schools About Asthma

Report suggests various ways schools can help students

SUNDAY, Nov. 24, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- Six strategies to help schools better manage the problems faced by students with asthma are offered in a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The guide, called "Strategies for Addressing Asthma Within a Coordinated School Health Program," is meant to help schools cope with the increasing numbers of children with asthma. From 1980 to 1994, there was a 74 per cent increase in asthma among children 5 to 14 years old.

About 5 million American children and adolescents have asthma, which accounts for 14 million lost school days each year.

Schools can help those students by adopting 'asthma-friendly' policies and procedures and providing asthma education for students and staff, said Lloyd Kolbe, director of the CDC's adolescent and school health program, in a prepared statement.

The CDC report says schools:

  • Should establish appropriate management and support systems.
  • Provide appropriate health and mental health services for students with asthma.
  • Offer a safe and healthy school environment to reduce asthma triggers.
  • Provide asthma education and awareness programs for students and staff.
  • Establish safe and enjoyable physical education and activity opportunities for students with asthma.
  • Coordinate school, family and community efforts to manage asthma symptoms and reduce student absences.

More Information

You can view the full report by going to the CDC.

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, November 2002
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