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Asthma at School, What You Can Do

Breathing Freely: Controlling Asthma Triggers

At the end of Asthma Awareness Month and Clean Air Month, we urge our readers to be aware of every child’s need for clean air indoors and outside in every month of the year.  See What You Can Do for how to kick-start a year-round effort to provide clean indoor air for all.

Remember- indoor air is 2-5 times, and sometimes 100 times, more polluted than outdoor air, and it does not need to be. See tips from US EPA and finding and controlling asthma triggers every day.

Asthma is in every community all the time, in every season, outdoors and inside. Asthma at school is a tough issue for kids, for parents, for personnel, and for schools.

Here Is What You Can Do
Tips for what you can do including visting your child’s school, starting a local group, starting a state coalition.

Parent’s Guide to School Indoor Air Quality
Classic reference in the field of children’s environmental health at school, written by and for parents; contains the basics of school IAQ, simple steps, what to ask for/look for, and what to do if no one listens and your child is still sick.

School Renovation and Construction Guide: What You Need to Know to Protect Child And Adult Environmental Health
Detailed steps that all schools should take to protect occupants in buildings under renovation; highlights compliance with NYS regulations, and with US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.


Asthma in Our Communities

Asthma in Our Communities Infographic


This infographic describes how asthma affects American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, and Hispanic/Latino communities and includes steps for managing asthma.


Breathing Freely: Controlling Asthma Triggers

This video features medical professionals, families and children living with asthma. The medical professionals discuss the role of the environment in triggering and worsening asthma attacks and the families and children describe what it is like to live with asthma. The medical professionals and parents discuss ways to manage asthma so that children can live normal lives and the families demonstrate some simple asthma management techniques.


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