Asthma Day: Get Out for the Greater Good
May - Allergy
and Asthma Month
May 5 - World Asthma Day
May 6 - Asthma Awareness Day Capitol Hill
World Asthma Day
is May 5, and it’s the perfect time for respiratory therapists to get
out in their communities and let people know more about this chronic lung
This year’s theme is “You Can
Control Your Asthma,” and the Global Initiative for Asthma has lots of
ideas you can use to plan your events, including tips on
selecting activities, recruiting support, gathering resources, and alerting
As usual, the AARC will be
at Asthma Awareness Day on Capitol Hill (an annual event
planned by the Mothers of Asthmatics) on May 6. There we'll be testing
and educating Congressional staff about asthma.
Here are just a few suggestions
from the GINA web site:
- Organize a hike for people
with asthma and their friends, using the occasion to educate the group
about managing asthma in an outdoor environment.
- Produce a radio ad highlighting
World Asthma Day, the meaning of asthma control, and strategies to improve
- Stage a meeting of primary
care physicians and other health professionals to update them on the
latest in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
But the resources don’t stop
there. You can also take advantage of great asthma-related programs and
materials right here at the AARC:
- Our brand new, online Peak
Performance USA program is your opportunity to partner
with local schools for asthma education.
- Our ARCF/EPA
asthma courses provide free CRCEs for learning more about
indoor asthma triggers and allergy testing and smoking cessation.
- Our Asthma
Self-Management Education (ASME) program allows you to
validate the high quality of your asthma program to patients, families,
and third party payors.
- Our Asthma
Roundtable is your chance to connect with like-minded colleagues
across the nation.
- Our public
relations tools take you step-by-step through the process
of getting media coverage for your events.
So start planning today for
your World Asthma Day events on May 5, and let your community know respiratory
therapists are there for asthma patients and their families all month