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Asthma & Air Quality Education

This page contains electronic materials published by various institutions, which can be used as teaching resources. Some of the resources are general and some others specific to subjects presented in each PULSE unit.

May is asthma awareness month!May is Asthma Awareness Month

For Teachers & Students

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools

The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools <http://www.iaqsymposium.com/> is a nationwide initiative to help school officials assess, resolve, and prevent IAQ problems, and to reduce exposure to asthma triggers in school facilities. The annual symposiums of this program bring together past, present and future leaders committed to protecting and improving IAQ in our nation’s schools.

School Asthma Allergy website

The School Asthma Allergy < http://www.schoolasthmaallergy.com/> website enables you to download important information concerning the management of your students' conditions. You will find many basic tools for helping your students learn to manage their asthma or allergies.

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute <http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/school/teacher.htm> This informative site has resources for teachers with a listing of different organizations to contact for asthma and related disorders.

Education is critical to understanding asthma

The ABCS's of Allergy and Asthma <http://www.allergyabcs.com/teachers.htm> There are many things you can do to help make your schools better places for children who suffer from allergies and asthma. Take a walk around your classroom, hallways and grounds of your school to identify potential asthma/allergy triggers. Some key things to look for are chalk dust, plants in your classroom and potential allergic foods in the cafeteria. You may have to be careful about opening up your classroom windows because pollen can flow. Even animal dander brought in on the clothing of pet-owning classmates or mold growth in the school building can cause problems in some children. Check out the website for other ideas you may not have thought of before.

Asthma Awareness Curriculum for the Elementary Classroom
Leesson Plans & Objectives Outlined
With asthma occurring in almost every classroom in America, it is important that you, the teacher, integrate an asthma lesson into the regular curriculum on body systems. The content information on asthma can play a valuable role in reducing the problems experienced by children with asthma when their condition is poorly understood by those around them. The activities, especially those on decision making, are relevant to all students.
Let's Manage Teen Asthma

The below series of booklets highlights local Smoke-free Homes activities from across the nation and provides innovative ideas, recommendations, and examples to use in your community and classroom. Read these booklets and learn from other communities' efforts when developing an outreach program in your classroom or community.

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Asthma and Schools <http://www.asthmanow.net/school.html> One of the most important things schools can do is assess and maintain indoor air quality. Renovation and new construction projects should incorporate specifications for asthma-friendly schools. The outdoor environment is important as well, and schools can take steps to reduce outdoor air pollution caused by diesel school bus emissions. To learn more about asthma-friednly schools, visit the site.
Asthma Now: Asthma and Schools
Contents on this webpage were developed by Stephanie Nardei, SWEHSC Librarian.

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