EPA Region 7 Recognizes May as Asthma Awareness Month

LENEXA, KAN. (MAY 20, 2024) – Each May, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes Asthma Awareness Month, aiming to educate the public about the effects of asthma and the importance of proper asthma care. EPA is offering resources for individuals, families, and schools to promote proactive management and reduce the effects of asthma in Region 7 communities.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 24.7 million people have asthma, including 5.5 million children. Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the lungs and airways, making it harder to breathe. There is no cure for asthma, but with proper care, individuals can manage their symptoms and lead healthy, fully active lives.

“Asthma is a serious, potentially life-threatening public health issue affecting many of our community members across Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Meg McCollister. “This May, EPA seeks to empower individuals, families and communities to take control of asthma, breathe easier, and live healthier lives. We are committed to providing practical tips and resources to help individuals and caregivers effectively manage this condition.”

Asthma attacks, or a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms, can be caused by both indoor and outdoor environmental triggers. Asthma triggers within the home, such as mold, dust mites and pet dander, can be just as dangerous as outdoor air pollution.

EPA’s partner, NoAttacks.org, offers resources for families and schools to help fight childhood asthma. No Attacks provides tips for parents to teach their children about asthma, reduce triggers within the home, and manage their children’s asthma at school. The website also offers advice for developing asthma action plans with the help of your doctor.

Maintaining healthy indoor environments is crucial for managing asthma triggers, as children spend a lot of time in our nation’s schools. Nearly 1 in 13 school-age children has asthma, which is the leading cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness. EPA provides the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit as a resource for educators and administrators to boost student performance and help control asthma at their schools.

Learn more about asthma and managing potential triggers.

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