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Active with Asthma Camp Provides Education and Fun for Milwaukee Youth

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and a reminder that asthma symptoms don’t disappear in June

(May 25, 2016) - Brookfield, WI

May is Asthma Awareness Month, but for the 100,000 children with asthma in Wisconsin, awareness doesn’t end on the first of June. Next month, Milwaukee-area children with asthma will prepare for a healthy summer and year ahead at Active with Asthma Day Camp, to be held June 20-24, 2016, at Bay View High School (2751 S. Lenox St., Milwaukee, WI).

“Mia looks forward to Camp every year,” said Sharlen Moore, whose daughter was diagnosed with asthma at age five and will be attending Active with Asthma Camp for the third time this summer. “She has a great time, and it really helps her understand her medication and triggers. The things she learns during Camp help keep her asthma under control.”

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult. With every breath, air passes through the nose, down the throat, into the lungs and into branching tubes called airways. With asthma, those airways are often swollen, red and inflamed. When a child is exposed to one or more of his or her asthma triggers (e.g., change in temperature, dust, pollen, smoke in the air, etc.) extra mucus is created, the airways swell and muscles around the airways tighten, all making it even harder to breathe.

Now in its sixth year, Active with Asthma Camp provides children with the information and tools to best manage their asthma, and gives them the opportunity to gain friends that share the same experiences. Each day, campers participate in an educational session on a specific asthma management topic, along with arts and crafts, sports, games and field trips.

“With a little extra planning, children and adults with asthma are able to live a full and active life,” explained Dr. Ria Chiu, allergist at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Medical Director for Active with Asthma Camp. “During Camp we have the chance to teach kids and their families how to prepare so that they’re able to stay healthy and just be kids.”

Active with Asthma Camp is open to children ages eight through twelve, diagnosed with asthma and taking daily asthma medication. Advance registration is required, and the registration deadline is Friday, June 3. For more information about Active with Asthma or to download a registration packet, visit our website or call the American Lung Association in Wisconsin at (262) 703-4200.

More asthma information and resources can also be accessed through the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA.

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