Local group battling rise of asthma
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 asthma awareness, May 3 has been designated as World Asthma Day. In addition, May is National Asthma Awareness Month.
The Rockford Asthma Consortium, American Lung Association and other local health care organizations will be offering many free community-based programs during the month of May to assist individuals affected by asthma.
On Wednesday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., OSF Health Plans and Hilander are teaming up for Asthma Screenings. The Hilander in front of CherryVale Mall will be offering free pulmonary screenings and consultations with nurses, pharmacists and respiratory therapist. Free Peak Flow Meters and Spacers will also be given away.
The signature event for the month will be the Rockford Asthma Consortiums 12th Annual Asthma Spring Update, which will be Tuesday, May 10th at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford (5:30-8:30 p.m.). This education event will feature many local asthma specialists including Dr. Zeitz, Dr. Shoberg, Dr. Frey, Dr. Jun, and Dr. Mohiuddin. Topics include medication for teens and adults, medications for children, asthma in the schools, and allergies, asthma and sinusitis. There will be a special program for children with asthma ages 8-12. Admission is free and all are welcome.
On Saturday, May 14, the American Lung Association will be hosting the Blow the Whistle on Asthma Walk at Midway Village beginning at 10 a.m. Walk and raise some money for asthma.
Finally, during the last week of May, Dr. Stuart Tousman will begin his seventh year of running his nationally recognized adult asthma self-management program.
From the May 4-10, 2005, issue