World Asthma Day and Asthma Awareness Month
Together we can help control asthma.
This World Asthma Day (May 6, 2014) and Asthma Awareness Month (May 2014) the
National Asthma Education and Prevention
Program (NAEPP) encourages you to discover how.
One of the first steps—whether you
have asthma or know someone who does—is to develop a
action plan (AAP) in partnership with your healthcare provider. AAPs that
meet the specific needs of a patient include details ranging from how to take
medication to reduce airway inflammation, to ways to reduce environmental
triggers of asthma such as dust mites or tobacco smoke.
But AAPs don’t stand alone.
They are part of a comprehensive approach needed to improve asthma care and
control. Like diabetes or high blood pressure, managing asthma symptoms requires
daily attention and ongoing education.
An APP is just one of the following six key actions, recommended by the
clinicians, patients, and all others who touch the life of someone with asthma
can work together on to seize control of asthma so that asthma doesn't seize
control of asthma patients.
It takes an entire community—people from all sectors—to help create the type of
care and environments that will make it easier for the one in 12 Americans who
has asthma to breathe more easily and live life more fully.
Join the NAEPP and its partners in working toward this goal in May and beyond,
by using and sharing the resources in the box above.
Join the Asthma Awareness Twitter Chat
NHLBI's Asthma Awareness Twitter Chat with U.S. News on May 14 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. Follow the
chat using the
Join the "Get Asthma Aware" Thunderclap
Join the NHLBI's "Get Asthma Aware" Thunderclap
by May 6 to pledge your voice to learning more about asthma. Thunderclap is an
online action site where users can share the same message at the same time on
Watch "Respirar es vida" ("A Breath of Life")
Watch the video "Respirar es vida" ("A Breath of Life") to learn how Jose's
parents build up their asthma team. Jose, his parents, a doctor and a nurse, a
promotora (community health educator), a teacher, a school nurse, and a
coach join forces to help Jose control his asthma. The video is recorded in
Spanish and captioned in English and Spanish.
Use the NAEPP Button on Your Web Page
To use the NAEPP button on your website, copy and paste the code from the
following text block in to your web page.
Last Updated August 2014