Healthy Hoops Receives Excellence in Asthma Education Award
On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Executive Vice President of the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic Deb Brown presented the Excellence in Asthma Education Award to Healthy Hoops, for 15 years of changing the lives of kids with asthma. Accepting this award on their behalf was Chairman and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas, Paul Tufano.
"The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania is proud to present the Excellence in Asthma Education Award to Healthy Hoops, for 15 years of changing the lives of kids with asthma," said Deborah P. Brown, Executive Vice President, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. "Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children, currently affecting an estimated 6.2 million children under 18 years of age nationwide. In Pennsylvania, an estimated 300,000 children have asthma. The Lung Association is so grateful for organizations like Healthy Hoops and AmeriHealth Caritas for teaching thousands of children how to better manage their asthma, so they can live healthy lives."
Tobacco cessation resources & information hit the road
In State College, the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania partnered with CATA Bus for installment of interior signs inside 66 buses and exterior signs on two bus tails. A Similar campaign was done in Williamsport, installing interior signs in 30 buses and on three exterior bus tails; promoting LUNG FORCE and the PA Free Quitline.
Young Lungs at Play: Keeping parks tobacco-free
Our job is to urge municipalities to sign up for the Young Lungs at Play program by creating new ordinances or strengthening current tobacco-free policies already in place. We've successfully worked with a total of 30 municipalities that have joined YLAP in the South Central region since October 2013. An additional 17 municipalities have joined on July 2015 in the Northeast and North Central regions. The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania covers the Southcentral, Northcentral and Northeast regions, which include 35 out of 67 counties in PA. The funding for this project came from being the Regional Primary Contractor in the North Central region for the Tobacco Control Grant with the PA Department of Health.