Local Camp Teaches Kids How to School Asthma
(June 12, 2018) -
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More than 88,000 children in Minnesota suffer from asthma. To let these kids just be kids, and also educate them about their disease, the American Lung Association in Minnesota is hosting Camp Superkids from June 24-29 at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi in Loretto, Minn.
“Each summer, kids across the country participate in camps, where they hike, swim, do arts and crafts, and play outside. Camp Superkids is a traditional camp that allows kids with asthma to enjoy all the traditional fun while supervised by health professionals,” said Jill Heins, senior regional director of lung health for the Lung Association. “While having fun, Camp Superkids helps improve the physical condition and psychological outlook of children with asthma. Children leave with the tools they need to better manage their asthma, but also with summer memories.”
At Camp Superkids, highly trained doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and nurse practitioners are on staff 24 hours-a-day to provide medical supervision. Campers ages 8-14 are taught about asthma management, triggers and how to take responsibility for their medication. All campers will go home with an Asthma Action Plan specifically designed to fit their individual health needs. In addition to asthma education, campers participate in traditional camp activities like swimming, kayaking, horseback riding, ropes courses, arts and crafts, fishing and more.
More information and registration for Camp Superkids is available online or by calling Val Haga at 651-268-7591.
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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.