May is Asthma Awareness Month, a time for us to consider what we can do better, as individuals and as a nation, in managing one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. According to a statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, more than 25 million Americans have asthma, including 7 million children. Children with asthma missed more than 10 million days total of school in 2008. There are also financial costs. Medical expenses associated with asthma are estimated at $50 billion annually. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is critical to take the necessary steps to reduce asthma attacks. Successful management includes knowing the warning signs of an attack, avoiding things that may trigger an episode and following the advice of your health care provider.

During National Asthma Awareness Month, join us in making the environment healthier for children and adults with asthma. Learn what you and your community can do to reduce the physical, social, and financial costs of asthma.

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