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Friday, May 27, 2011

American Lung Association

2011 Fight For Air Run/Walk Salt Lake City, Utah June 4th Sugarhouse park

It's that time of year again, it's the annual walk to help support our state's American Lung Association. We have participated in the walk for several years now. In fact, I called my state American Lung Association office to ask how to get involved in helping other people with other people, this is one of the ways I can help. We form a team and help raise funds for asthma research and programs. I've also been involved with several committees that needed input from people with asthma or parents of kids with asthma.

Our state chapter has a lot of information about tobacco, asthma, clean air, lung disease and even influenza. They also have programs they offer statewide, one is Open Airways, which is a FREE six week set of classes that teach kids how to manage their asthma. It's taught in schools once a week, (each class is about 45 minutes) and it has been shown that kids who take it miss less school days and have fewer emergency rooms visits.

Camp Wyatt is a summer camp specifically for kids who have asthma. It's always a worry to have the kids spend the night (or week) away from home, but Camp Wyatt has 'round the clock medical supervision. So kids that might not be able to go to camp because of worries with asthma have a safe place to go.

It's always nice to meet other parents at the Fight for Air walk, you can share stories or frustrations. It makes me feel better to know we're all in the same boat when it comes to dealing with asthma for ourself or our kids.

So check out your state's American Lung Association website and see what they can offer. The Open Airways classes are wonderful (I have even taught them in my area) but we have yet to experience Camp Wyatt, my kids are a little shy. Here's the link to the walk in our area-

http://www.lungsusa.org/pledge-events/ut/salt-lake-city-walk/

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