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School Classrooms, Hallways, and Playgrounds to Be New Intervention Points for a Growing Number of Students with Asthma

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Teachers and education support professionals are now able to get the information they need to help the growing number of students in America who have childhood asthma. The National Education Association, the NEA Health Information Network, and the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc., have launched a free online training program that will educate members of NEA on how to help students better manage their asthma while at school. It is also available to other members of the school community, such as parents, principals, superintendents, and school board members, at

The online course, Managing Asthma in the School Environment, provides school staff with essential information about asthma, allowing them to be better prepared to help students manage their asthma while at school. It includes an overview of asthma, including its causes, signs, and symptoms; tips for controlling and treating asthma; and strategies for creating asthma-friendly schools. Additionally, it provides suggested changes that can be made to reduce triggers in school environments.


Source: The National Education Association,

This article was originally published in Coping® with Allergies & Asthma magazine, March/April 2011.