NEISD has 8 Schools Honored as Gold Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Champions
(November 19, 2015) - SAN ANTONIO, TX
American Lung Association Award Recognizes Asthma Management Efforts in Schools
While asthma is a manageable disease, when poorly controlled, it has a direct impact on a child’s classroom attendance and can affect academic success. Parents and schools can work together to reduce both the number of asthma-related absences and asthma emergencies through the American Lung Association’s Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI). Locally, North East Independent School District’s Ed White Middle School, Jackson Keller, Montgomery, Oak Grove, Ridgeview, Serna, Windcrest, and Woodstone have been recognized nationally by the Lung Association for their efforts to create a school environment that is healthy for students, faculty and staff.
“Every child with asthma deserves to live life symptom-free, so they can be active and healthy, and also flourish in school,” said Angie McClure, Executive Director – San Antonio/Austin. “And here in San Antonio, we were thrilled to partner with and recognize Ed White Middle School, Jackson Keller, Montgomery, Oak Grove, Ridgeview, Serna, Windcrest, and Woodstone for successfully implementing the program and best supporting students living with asthma.”
The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) Champion Awards recognize schools that have made the health of students a priority by developing a comprehensive plan to improve asthma management. The Lung Association encourages schools to make positive steps to improve asthma management by establishing an asthma plan that maximizes school health services, provides asthma education, creates a healthy school environment, and ensures all students can participate in physical education and activity when they are able.
“Asthma makes breathing difficult for nearly 7 million children in America, and is a leading cause of school absenteeism,” said Katherine Eskew, Board Chair. “The Lung Association has been leading the fight against asthma for many years, through research, education and advocacy. By supporting the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative, NEISD has helped kids with asthma stay healthy, in school and ready to learn.”
The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) was created through a cooperative agreement with the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AFSI consists of a comprehensive set of strategies for schools using the AFSI Toolkit, a planning tool based on real-life activities that have worked in schools throughout the United States. With support from the Environmental Protection Agency and Genentech, the Lung Association was able to launch the AFSI Champion Awards program in 2013 to reward schools for their efforts as well as increase awareness on the topic of asthma management in school.
“While each school and community is different, we are extremely excited to see this impact locally, and we hope other schools will adopt the tools and guidelines offered through the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative,” said Angie. “If you’re not sure about your school’s policy on asthma, contact the school health services staff to see what protections they have in place.”
To learn more about all the AFSI Champion Awards winners, please visit http://www.lung.org/afsichampion. For media interested in speaking with an expert about asthma, contact the American Lung Association in San Antonio at AMcClure@Lungs.org or 210-308-8978.
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