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May is National Awareness Month

Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be "NationalAsthma 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 through FirstGiving 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 5 – World Asthma Day
  • May 10-16 – Food Allergy Awareness Week

Awareness Month Events and Fundraisers

Local events:

  • May 3 (Atlanta, GA) Join AAFA and our Kids With Food Allergies division at the Strides for Safe Kids Mall Walk and Expo. This special day includes a food allergy fundraising walk, allergy-friendly exhibitors with free samples, entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Additionally, the event will build food allergy awareness and advocacy. We encourage all families interested in supporting food allergy education and awareness to attend.

Online events:

  • Sweepstakes – each month, AAFA hosts a Facebook Sweepstakes to give away Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products. Click here to see how you can enter for a chance to win!
  • Photo Contest – Submit your child's photo to KFA’s #WhereInTheWorldIsMyEpi contest! Your participation shows that you are always prepared for anaphylaxis wherever you go, and each month, one winner will receive $400 in Certified asthma and allergy friendly™ products of the winner’s choosing! Webinar (May) – Join Kids With Food Allergies, AAFA’s food allergy division, for our May webinar for patients. The date and topic will be announced soon!

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 here.

Awareness Month Resources

Allergy Capitalsacaps

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 Capitalsascaps

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 Countkyc

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 Asthmagsaa

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 

What’s Your AQ?wyaq1

AAFA has teamed with professional football icon Jerome Bettis, in partnership with Sanofi US, to help improve America’s understanding of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and to help clear up some common misconceptions. Bettis, who is severely allergic to shellfish, challenges everyone to test their Anaphylaxis Quotient (AQ) by taking the What’s Your AQ? quiz. Click here to take the quiz!


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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