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Breath Takes: Fall/Winter 1998

Summer, 1999
Vol. 6, No. 1

This is a portion of the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County's 1998 Breath Takes. ?If you would like to receive a complete copy, please call the American Lung Association at
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Open Airways for Schools
teaches children how to use asthma management devices such as a peak flow meter
Preliminary results evaluating the effectiveness of Open Airways For Schools indicate that the children's knowledge and understanding of asthma increased 31% as a result of the program. Open Airways For Schools Open Airways For Schools is a pediatric asthma education program for children in grades 3-5. The program teaches children with asthma how to take responsibility for their own health, and empowers them to learn about their disease. Separate components also seek to educate classmates, parents, teachers, and school staff about the basics of asthma.

Long Beach program manager Michelle Lee developed pre- and post- tests for Open Airways students that measures their asthma knowledge before and after they receive the curriculum. "These are excellent results," said Dr. Guy Soo Hoo, Treasurer of ALALAC and the Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. He stated, "It shows that the information provided by Open Airways is reaching the children and they are learning how to manage their asthma"

(Updated 10/05/99)

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