American Lung Association Award Recognizes Asthma Management Efforts in Schools

Four Schools Honored as Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative Champions

Washington, D.C. (September 10, 2013)

Three schools in Texas and one in Massachusetts have been recognized by the American Lung Association for their efforts to create a school environment that is healthy and “asthma friendly”.

The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) Champion Awards are given in recognition of schools that have taken positive strides to create a healthier learning environment using the strategies outlined in the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative. Silver and Gold level winners are schools that have gone above and beyond to protect the health of their students, faculty and staff.

This year, the American Lung Association has selected three Gold Award winners and one Silver Award winner. The Gold Award winners are Camelot Elementary, El Dorado Elementary and Larkspur Elementary, all from San Antonio, Texas. Our Silver Award winner is the William Monroe Trotter School in Dorchester, Mass.

By recognizing schools that have taken a comprehensive approach to asthma management, the Lung Association works to increase awareness around childhood asthma, establish a cadre of schools that can share their best practices and experiences, as well as expand the number of schools working towards healthier learning environments.

“Asthma is a serious lung disease that threatens the health of millions of children and hinders their ability to learn and play,” said Harold P. Wimmer, national president and CEO of the American Lung Association. “The AFSI Champion Awards put a spotlight on the important work being done to address the burden of asthma on schools nationwide.”

More than 25 million Americans currently have asthma—including more than 7 million kids. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and is a leading cause of school absences. When a student has poorly controlled asthma, it has a direct impact on classroom attendance and can affect academic success. By supporting asthma management programs, schools and parents can work together to reduce the number of asthma-related absences, reduce the number of asthma emergencies, and help safeguard all students, faculty and staff.

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 Division of Adolescent and School Health. AFSI consists of a comprehensive set of strategies for creating an asthma-friendly school, including the AFSI Toolkit, a planning tool based on real-life activities that have been used in schools throughout the United States to create comprehensive asthma management systems.

The American Lung Association delivers a multitude of resources and programs for people with asthma and their loved ones. Additional information on this chronic lung disease is available at www.lung.org/asthma, or by calling the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) to speak to a lung health specialist.

For more information about the AFSI Champion application process or to download the application, visit www.lung.org/afsichampion or contact AFSIChampion@lung.org.

The AFSI Champion Awards are made possible by support from Genentech and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: www.Lung.org.