Nearly 26 million Americans have asthma, including more than 7 million children. It is one of the most common chronic disorders in childhood, currently affecting an estimated 7.1 million children under 18 years old. Without proper treatment, asthma can be extremely dangerous, even fatal.
There is no cure, but the good news is it can be managed and treated so people can live a normal, healthy lives. That's why the American Lung Association in Tennessee partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to educate kids about their lung health.
"It all started when I reached out to the local Community Director at the local Boys and Girls Club. We talked about the kids' diverse backgrounds and how they were not likely getting much of an education about asthma," explains Geneica Jones, Program Manager at the American Lung Association in Tennessee.
Since that day, Geneica and her team have visited Boys and Girls Clubs across the state to teach kids about the emergency signs of an asthma attack. The older kids are also encouraged to enroll in Asthma Basics, a free one-hour interactive online course designed to help people learn more about asthma triggers, develop an asthma action plan, and learn how to respond to a breathing emergency.
"This partnership could help save a life one day," Genecia said. "We've talked to hundreds of kids about environmental triggers and how to catch an attack early. And the kids have been really receptive."