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31 Days of Action for Raising Asthma and Allergy Awareness in May 2021

We invite you to join us for 31 Days of Action for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month! Before the month begins, order your t-shirts and awareness bracelets (by April 23, 2021).

May 1: Follow AAFA National on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest. Change your profile pictures or add a frame to your Facebook profile. For food allergy awareness, follow our Kids With Food Allergies division.

May 2: Sign-up for AAFA’s e-newsletters to receive updates about asthma and allergies.

May 3: Download and prepare to share our asthma, allergy, food allergy fact sheets or images throughout the month. Join our #asthmahealth Twitter chat.

May 4: Join our watch party to Knock-Out Myths Round 1 (video will be available on our website and social channels).

May 5: WORLD ASTHMA DAY! AAFA releases its 2021 Asthma Capitals™ report.

May 6: Advocacy Day: Ask your elected officials to support our patient charter to protect the health and well-being of people with asthma and allergies.

May 7: Join our watch party to Knock-Out Myths Round 2 (video will be available on our website and social channels).

May 8: Review your asthma action plan and/or anaphylaxis action plan. Check your medicines for expiration dates or doses remaining. Review how to use your medicines (including asthma inhalers or epinephrine auto-injectors).

May 9: Food Allergy Awareness Week begins! Join the Kids With Food Allergies community and share food allergy facts and images. Offer inspiration, support, understanding and hope by sending invitations to someone newly diagnosed.

May 10: Make a donation to support our food allergy research, support, education, and advocacy programs. Donations made on this day will be matched!

May 11: Join our #foodallergy101 Twitter chat.

May 12: Join our watch party to Knock-Out Myths Round 3 (video will be available on our website and social channels).

May 13: (Register in advance!) Attend our webinar on Food Allergies in Infants: What You Need to Know About Prevention and Treatment with Dr. Michael Pistiner. And join the AAFA New England Chapter for their ‘Asthma Goal Series – Getting Familiar With Asthma’ to learn about asthma basics, triggers, and how to take action!

May 14: Read the latest issue of freshAAIR which is all about how to improve your indoor air quality! Then join us for a live cooking demo on Instagram for allergy-friendly recipes.

May 15: A fun family day for all! Join AAFA’s New England Chapter for a virtual concert with food allergy entertainer, Kyle Dine, joined by the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children's Food Allergy Buddies program. And it’s Trivia Night – an online fundraiser to support AAFA’s St. Louis Chapter.

May 16: Download our Ally & Andy’s coloring book with activity pages to help kids learn more about asthma and allergies.

May 17: Check out AAFA’s Healthy Home tips and checklist.

May 18: Join our watch party to Knock-Out Myths Round 4 (video will be available on our website and social channels).

May 19: AAFA advocates for patients to be involved in every step of research so we can ensure research meets the needs of individuals living with asthma and allergies. Learn how you can get involved in research to help us advance treatments and care!

May 20: Join our watch party to Knock-Out Myths Round 5 (video will be available on our website and social channels). And learn about the management of difficult to control eczema with Dr. Jordan Scott, hosted by the AAFA New England Chapter.

May 21: Write a review of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

May 22: Wear your awareness t-shirts and bracelets and go for a walk or hike. You can make your own shirts or order some from AAFA in advance (by April 23). Post photos of your walk on social media and tag @aafanational. Ask your friends to donate in your honor: aafa.org/donate

May 23: Visit KFA’s Safe Eats recipes and make a meal free of major allergens.

May 24: Sign up to take one of AAFA’s online classes. If you are a health care professional, we have continuing education options for nurses and respiratory therapists.

May 25: (Register in advance!) Attend our webinar on the new asthma treatment guidelines.

May 26: Check out AAFA’s Ask the Allergist service. You can browse existing questions (coming soon!) and answers or submit your questions for our experts to answer.

May 27: Join AAFA’s support community and choose if you want get involved in advocacy, research, or become a patient spokesperson.

May 28: Remembrance Day to honor the memories of people lost to asthma or allergy. Instead of releasing balloons, we will be blowing bubbles.

May 29: Plant a tree. Visit your local nursery to find a native tree to plant at home, school, or workplace. Look for local tree planting events in your area if you don't have a place to plant one.

May 30: Use our Healthy Home checklist to tackle one of your living spaces. Remember to wear a mask, gloves, and goggles if needed to protect yourself from allergens and irritants while cleaning.

May 31: Make a plan to get your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, who should get vaccinated, and who should talk with their doctor first.

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