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What is Alabama Asthma Day?

On World Asthma Day (May 7, 2002), groups around the United States and the world host activities to raise awareness of the burden of asthma and to improve asthma care worldwide. The fourth annual World Asthma Day will take place on May 7th, as a kickoff event for asthma education events around the country during May – Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

World Asthma Day was established in 1999 by the Global Initiative for Asthma, a joint project between the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH and the World Health Organization. The Environmental Protection Agency is joining with these and other non-profit organizations to sponsor asthma education events around the country to raise awareness about the indoor and outdoor pollutants that trigger asthma episodes, and how to avoid them as part of a comprehensive asthma management plan.

The theme for this year is "COMMUNITIES WORKING FOR LIFE AND BREATH” in recognition that it takes persistent and collective efforts at the national, state, and local levels to impact the burden of asthma. The goal of World Asthma Day is to highlight the need for every person with asthma to have a timely diagnosis, receive appropriate treatment, learn to manage their asthma, and reduce exposure to environmental factors that make his/her condition worse.

In Alabama, we will sponsor “Alabama Asthma Day” on May 1, 2002 as part of this effort. This will be the official kick-off for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System/Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy Asthma Education Initiative in Tuscaloosa County.

Alabama Asthma Day Proclamation

WHEREAS, according to the Center for Disease Control, six percent of Alabamians have asthma, with at least 199,000 persons now diagnosed, and;

WHEREAS, Alabama supports asthma education, asthma research and is concerned about the rapidly increasing incidence of asthma among children and adults, and;

WHEREAS, asthma has chronic and acute health effects that affects daily living, and has caused death to children and adults, and;

WHEREAS, asthma is the number one reason for school absenteeism, and has cost consumers millions of dollars to diagnose and manage, and;

WHEREAS, the lack of education about asthma results in needless suffering and death because children and adults do not receive an asthma diagnosis and proper medication, or have a poor understanding of appropriate medical treatments, and;

WHEREAS, working knowledge of how to avoid asthma triggers and how to properly dispense prescribed medications greatly contributes to the overall effectiveness of a patient’s asthma management plan and improves quality of life, and;

WHEREAS, consumer and patient awareness about the hazards of indoor and outdoor air pollutants greatly improves the daily environment for persons with asthma and reduces the risk of asthma attacks, and;

WHEREAS, the citizens of Alabama need to be and want to be informed about the asthma diagnosis and effective methods for managing asthma, and;

WHEREAS, recognizing “Alabama Asthma Awareness Day” on World Asthma Day is an opportunity for concerned organizations within the state, that are members of the Asthma Coalition of Alabama, to increase the awareness of the issues surrounding this chronic, and potentially deadly, disease, and;

WHEREAS, the Asthma Coalition of Alabama is encouraging consumer and patient education to reduce the incidence or severity of asthma, improve the medical care for patients with asthma, and improve indoor and outdoor environments to prevent asthma onset and improve asthma symptoms for patients, and;

NOW, THEREFORE, the State of Alabama hereby proclaims this 7th day of May, 2002 as Alabama Asthma Awareness Day and encourages all citizens to joint this observance.

So sworn to by
The Honorable Don Seigelman, Governor of the State of Alabama.

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