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Saturday, May 4, 2013
In Roanoke, approximately 16,000 people have asthma. It's a potentially life-threatening disease, but there are many resources to control it. The Greater Roanoke Valley Asthma and Air Quality Coalition's goal is to reduce the morbidity and mortality due to asthma in the Roanoke region.
During Asthma Awareness Month, the coalition will offer a community education program, Close the CASE on Asthma, to teach people how to control and manage their asthma. The free, interactive workshop will be held at 6 p.m. May 20 in the Lobby Conference Room of Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
If your child has asthma, you can download our template, Asthma Action Plan, at breatheroanoke.wordpress.com/asthma. Having a plan is crucial to controlling asthma, so if you haven't already, work with your child's doctor to make one.
You also can monitor your local air quality with the American Lung Association's free smartphone app, available at stateoftheair.org. High-pollution days are dangerous for asthmatics, but the good news is Roanoke's air has less soot and smog than ever before.
For more information on Asthma Awareness Month happenings, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's work together to control asthma in our community.
Professor of Psychology
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
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