CHARLESTON, WV – The American Lung Association in West Virginia will be celebrating World Asthma Day in Charleston at Capitol Market on Tuesday May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More than 190,000 West Virginians – adults and children – have ever been diagnosed with asthma. The chronic lung disease, which makes it difficult to breathe, is controllable but often times results in frequent emergency room visits and hospitalization. World Asthma Day is an opportunity to reach hundreds of West Virginians in an effort to increase awareness of asthma.
"Asthma causes more school absences than any other chronic disease, averaging over 14 million lost school days annually in the United States," says Christine Compton of American Lung Association in West Virginia.
In addition to providing educational materials, the West Virginia Asthma Education & Prevention Program, and the Asthma & Allergy Center, will offer free spirometry and peak flow meter testing and asthma management tips to attendees.
There is no fee to attend the event. Individuals with asthma, family members and friends of asthma sufferers, medical field experts and health educators are encouraged to attend. Snacks and drinks will be provided, and raffle prizes awarded throughout the day.