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.

Robert Preidt

Robert Preidt

Published on November 24, 2002

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