Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: Quick Takes: Asthma

 

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December 22, 2010

Helping kids

Children ages 8 to 11 in more than 30 Rochester-area schools learn how to manage their asthma so they can be healthier and more active through the American Lung Association's Open Airways for Schools program, which costs $20,000 per year in the Rochester area. A recent $5,000 grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield will buy educational materials and peak flow meters for each student.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that is especially serious in children, who may suffer wheezing, trouble breathing, coughing and chest tightness. Open Airways teaches children to be aware of triggers and signs that their condition is worsening.

More than 2,000 local children have completed the program so far.