May 4 was World Asthma Day

n Rockford Asthma Consortium program May 11

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that affects all ages. Asthma currently affects 17 million people in the United States and the numbers keep climbing. Most importantly, every 90 minutes someone dies of asthma. To increase awareness regarding asthma, national organizations have designated May 4 as World Asthma Day.

The Rockford Asthma Consortium (RAC) is a branch of the Rockford Health Council. The members consist of health care professionals and other individuals with an interest in asthma. The RAC recently received a grant to provide asthma education in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties.

Every year, the RAC holds an asthma educational program for adults and children with asthma. It will be held at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford on May 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.Topics include: medication for teens and adults: medications for children: asthma in the African-American community; asthma in the schools; the impact of asthma on the family, and asthma in the Hispanic community (given in Spanish).

A special program for children with asthma ages 8-12 will be included. Admission is FREE and all are welcome. Several community physicians and specialists will be present to answer your questions. The phone number to sign up is 395-5702.

Source: Christine Krause APN/CNP (Pediatric nurse practitioner) University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford Asthma and Allergy Clinic

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