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An Ounce of Prevention for Patients Who Don't Weigh Much More

New “Wee Wheezers” Program Featured in the New AAFA Catalog
Helps Teach Parents of Small Children

Contact:      Angel Waldron at 202-466-7643, x248

AAFA CatalogWASHINGTON, September 7, 2005 -- There are many sources of asthma information and education available today. But only a few actually address the special needs of parents with young children, and fewer still that are proven through independent research to actually make a difference.

A new Ribbon validated education program from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), called “Wee Wheezers,” is helping some of the smallest asthma patients control their disease. Wee Wheezers is a tool for healthcare professionals to teach parents of children under age 7 to recognize, prevent and manage asthma symptoms. AAFA estimates that more than 20 million Americans have asthma.

“This program really makes a difference,” says AAFA’s Director of Programs, Mary Brasler, MSN, EdD. “Wee Wheezers was formally researched and proven to be effective at increasing parents’ knowledge of asthma and increasing symptom-free days for kids.” Wee Wheezers is just one of the many asthma and allergy education programs AAFA offers, featured in AAFA's new catalog of educational resources and Web site.

Research proving the effectiveness of the program was done by the American Institutes for Research with funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes Wee Wheezers and five other validated AAFA programs as potentially effective educational interventions for asthma patients.

Experts say there is no cure for asthma, but proper disease management and treatment at any age is the most effective way to control the disease. Parents can learn more in AAFA’s new catalog of educational resources or by calling 1-800-7-ASTHMA.

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