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May is National Awareness Month

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." It's a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate your patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases. 

It’s easy for you to celebrate with us! AAFA invites you to use AAFA resources and tools to bring healthy messages to work, school and home.

Help Us Raise Funds for Research

May is a great time to help raise awareness and funds for asthma and allergic diseases. To get involved this May, start raising funds and awareness for asthma and allergies today! You can create an online fundraising page for AAFA througFirstGiving or plan an awareness month event in your area. Contact Sanaz at sanaz@aafa.org or 202-974-1225 to request a free fundraising kit to help you get started!

Important Dates

  • May 6 – World Asthma Day

  • May 11-17 – Food Allergy Awareness Week

Awareness Month Events and Fundraisers

Local events:


Online events:
 

  • Take and share KFA's "How Allergy and Asthma Smart Are You?" Quiz. It is a quick way to find out how much you know about food allergy, anaphylaxis, asthma and other allergic diseases. You'll be entered to win a $100 gift card and earn bonus entries if your friends take the quiz as well.

  • Sweepstakes – each month, AAFA hosts an online Sweepstakes to give away Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products. Visit www.aafa.org/sweepstakes to see what Sweepstakes are currently open.

  • Photo Contest – Add your child's photo to KFA’s Faces of Food Allergies Photo Sharing Campaign! Your participation shows the public and your child that children with food allergies can lead full and happy lives, and enters you for a chance to win one of four allergy-friendly gift packages. Winners will be announced during Food Allergy Week, May 11-17th.

  • Webinar (May 1) – Join the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a free webinar, Closing the Gap: Addressing Asthma Disparities in Schools, to learn how two programs used a comprehensive, partnership-based approach to reduce the burden of asthma in their school systems.

  • Spread the Word Campaign (Food Allergy Awareness Week May 11-17) – Check KFA’s Facebook page for awareness messages and a special facebook cover you can use for your own profile. 

  • Webinar (June 3) – Join Kids With Food Allergies, AAFA’s food allergy division, on May 20 for a live discussion about dairy-free alternatives.

Conferences:

  • May 18 (San Diego, CA) – As part of the American Thoracic Society’s 2014 International Conference, patients will have the chance to "Meet-the-Experts" at a public forum featuring lung health experts.

  • May 28-30 (Nashville, TN)— Join the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Rebuilding Together at the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference, featuring leaders from the healthy homes industry.

If you have other activities you’d like us to post on this page, or if you would like information on how you can host an event or fundraise in your area, please contact Sanaz at sanaz@aafa.org or 202-974-1225 with your questions and ideas.

Awareness Month Advocacy

Congress Recognizes Awareness Month

To recognize the importance of promoting knowledge and awareness, the co-chairs of the Congressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus have introduced a bipartisan resolution to officially recognize May as Awareness Month! Thank you to Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Eliot Engel (NY-16), and Bill Cassidy (LA-6) for introducing this resolution.

Official recognition from our nation’s leaders demonstrates the importance of education and advocacy to the fight against both diseases. Learn more about our advocacy efforts and how you can get involved at www.aafa.org/engage.

Awareness Month Resources

Allergy Capitals

There is no place safe from allergies in America, and some cities are more problematic than others. The Allergy Capitals is an annual research project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to identify "the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies" in the spring and fall seasons. This year Louisville, KY is the #1 city, up from fifth place last year. Visit  www.AllergyCapitals.com to see where your city falls on the list this year.

Asthma Capitals

Like allergens, no city is free from asthma triggers, either. For asthma patients, some cities are more challenging places to live than others. Each year, AAFA’s Asthma Capitals identifies "the 100 most challenging places to live with asthma." Visit www.AsthmaCapitals.com to see the most current report.

Know Your Count

AAFA, along with award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenowith and Teva Respiratory, are urging patients to learn about safe and proper asthma management.

Visit www.KnowYourCount.com to learn more about the importance of "knowing your count" when it comes to tracking the remaining doses on your rescue inhaler.

Get Smart About Asthma

Asthma education and a thorough understanding of the condition is an essential component of effective asthma management. Last year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Teva Respiratory partnered to launch Get Smart About Asthma, a comprehensive online asthma management resource for patients and caregivers. This year we’re bringing you a new and improved site with updated information and additional resources to help you better understand the underlying cause of asthma – inflammation.  www.GetSmartAboutAsthma.com  


Educational Resources
 

FreshAAIR Newsletter

Get our FREE national, quarterly newsletter, FreshAAIR™, mailed directly to your home or office. Filled with lots of information about asthma, seasonal allergies, food allergies, back-to-school tips for parents, educational materials and much more. It’s easy to SUBSCRIBE today!

EPA Awareness Month Kit

Visit the EPA’s Asthma Awareness Month Web site and download lots of great free information and tools to plan events and activities for awareness month.

Flu Resources

The "flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and can lead to death in severe cases. "Avian" and "swine" flu are examples of different strains of the flu virus. For people with asthma, guarding against the flu is important every year because your lung function can be compromised if you catch the flu, making your asthma symptoms even worse.

Stay informed about the flu all year long by clicking on the links below.

The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program

Americans spend an estimated $10 billion a year on non-medicinal, consumer products marketed for people with asthma and allergies such as vacuum cleaners, air cleaners, bedding, toys, flooring and more. Often these products tout a wide variety of features and benefits including suitability for those with asthma and allergies, the ability to prevent allergen accumulation, and in some extreme cases, promising improved health for consumers without providing scientific proof or validation for such claims. The allergen-avoidance market continues to grow as a result of increased consumer demand but "currently there is little or no regulation governing claims".

The Certification Program independently tests and identifies consumer products that are more suitable for the 60+ million people in the United States living with asthma and related allergies.

Find an AAFA Chapter Near You!

AAFA has a national network of five regional chapters that provide a variety of services, educational programs and support. AAFA Chapters work with volunteers, health care providers, government agencies and local leaders in their community.

To get involved locally, see if AAFA has a chapter in your area!

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