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Asthma and Allergy Resources

AANMA | AAAI | American Academy of Pediatrics | American Lung Association | Asthma and Allergy Foundation |Asthma Cure | Asthma Moms | AMBiENT | The Biology Project |CDC |The Consortium on Children's Asthma Camps| DiscoverySchool | Easy Breathers | EnviroMysteries | EPA | Healthology | Healthy Homes = Healthy Kids | Kids for Research | KidsHealth |Mayo Clinic | Medline Plus | NHLBI | National Jewish |National Safety Council | NIEHS Kids's Page |Puffer's Kingdom! |Quest for the Code |Smog City |Stop Allergy | "What's Asthma All About" | HOPE Homepage |

Organization/ Project
Founded in 1985, AANMA is a national nonprofit network of families whose desire is to overcome, not cope with, allergies and asthma. The shortest route to that goal is knowledge - that's why AANMA produces the most accurate, timely, practical, and livable alternatives to suffering.

This site also provides a large number of reading material on asthma and allergy, for parents and children.

Welcome to America’s College of Allergy & Asthma (ACAA), where learning about allergies and asthma is fun and rewarding. Take classes 24 hours a day! Enrollment online is required. Each class requires about 3 - 5 minutes to complete. Class content is written by AANMA staff writers and edited for medical accuracy by AANMA’s medical advisors unless noted otherwise.

Note: We could use these online lessons as preparation material if a group of students are going to attend one of the activities or visit the museum/ science center to learn about asthma and allergy.

The AAAAI is a medical specialty organization, which facilitate the advancement of the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care.

The AAAAI publishes a journal and a number of newsletters, pamphlets and booklets.

Allergy and Asthma Tool Kit for School Nurses section includes PowerPoint Presentations and a list of handouts.

Complete list of publications for consumers.

The Tips to Remember and Easy Reader Sheets, an excellent bilingual brochure series, which covers a wide array of topics for patients with allergic diseases. These are inexpensive when bought in bulk.

Just For Kids:
Publications created for kids has lots of fun activities to help you learn about managing your allergies and asthma. Some of the free of charge activities includes puzzles and games and Dr. Al and his pals, are gif pages which we can print. There are two colorful story books, available in Spanish as well.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The mission of the AAP is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Their web site offers a section on Health Topics/Diseases and Conditions.

The Diseases and Conditions web pages address prevention, symptoms, and treatment of medical problems. Look here for information on how to help families work with their pediatricians to understand and manage childhood health conditions.

The Allergy & Immunology featured item section carries a series of PDF pamphlets, which we can print and use as info sheets. These are suitable for parents.

The American Lung Association® is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, with a National Office and constituent and affiliate associations around the country. Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association® today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.

American Lung Association's multimedia library features broadcast-standard video and audio, still images and graphics, as well as relevant supporting documents. Journalists can search, preview and order free broadcast standard video and other American Lung Association media assets. Registration and ordering is completely free and takes just minutes.

Note: I signed up to use this multimedia library and previewed some of the still images video clips. There are several images and posters we could use. They are free as well as the videos,and some of them are in Spanish too. They could be received as mpg files or as video tapes. We will have 7 days from the day we order to access the content after which we will have to re-order them.

If you need to preview any of the material let me know, I'll give my login and password.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

The AAFA organization offers educational tools for patients, caregivers and health professionals.

Many of their programs, materials and tools are validated by leading health authorities and recognized nationally as important strategies in the management of asthma and allergies. Some of the materials are bilingual.

They have free of charge action cards, which are downloadable, and inexpensive series of brochures.

Student Asthma Action Card

AAFA Resource Catalog

Asthmacure.com is a free web resource on asthma disease. Asthmacure.com is an offering by Indian Asthma Care Society for providing useful information and tips for asthma patients, their family members and friends.
Indian Asthma Care Society is a leading non-profit organization of India that strives to spread knowledge in the society by educating people on asthma and smoking. They achieve their goals on these social causes by organizing public campaigns, education programs, counseling programs, and forums and others.

This site has information about both asthma and allergies. The "Understanding Asthma" page has important asthma information and an Asthma Movie, which has clear images and uses the character"Tintin" throughout the site as the Asthma patient.

Asthma Moms logo

Asthma Moms

AsthmaMoms is a network of families sharing answers for managing their children's asthma. It's also a community of concerned parents, reassuring one another that their deepest fears about their children's asthma can be overcome. It provides what the medical organizations can't, a supportive community of parents.

What makes AsthmaMoms different is that it's a live interactive site, for you and by you. You're invited to enjoy the resources. By sharing your secrets with others, this site will become more and more valuable.

  Asthma Moms site offers a collection of useful information for parents of asthmatic children. Out of this wealth of information the English and Spanish Asthma Videos, are two unique on-line asthma videos: "Health at Home: Controlling Asthma at Home" or "La Salud en el Hogar: El Cotndrol del Asma" (prepared by the American Lung Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and "Making a Difference ... Asthma Management in the School" (prepared by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health)

Note: the Real Player version of these videos didn't work on my computer.

The overview of asthma information is also available in Spanish and there is a discussion forum for you to share asthma tips and experiences to assist others.

The AMBIENT Project is a systemic approach to environmental health science education. Focused around the four environmental themes of air, water, soil and food, as well as an additional emphasis on ethics and toxicology, a health-science problem-based learning approach is being delivered by trained teachers to the ethnically diverse population of high school students in Miami-Dade County.

Air Module: The AMBIENT curriculum air module is comprised of a number of segments. Some of these segments can be taught independently and others are meant to be used together in a certain order. We could use several segments from this curriculum module for our purposes:

The Biology Project is conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. This project offers several pre-college level biology activities for students and teachers.

Lung Toxicology Problem Set
This problem set is designed to help you understand the basic anatomy and physiology of the respiratory organs, primarily the lungs. You will learn about lung development, respiratory toxicology, second-hand tobacco smoke, asthma, and lung cancer. A good tool for a hands on computer lab setting.

Handout of this problem set.

The CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships.

CDC created the National Asthma Control Program in 1999. The program supports the goals and objectives of Healthy People 2010 for asthma.

CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) strives to promote health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases or deaths that result from interactions between people and their environment.

Asthma Speaker's Kit for Health Care Professionals
This slide presentation depicts the pathophysiology of the disease; prevalence, mortality, and morbidity measures at the national level; risk factors; medical management; and the public health response needed to successfully fight asthma.

Asthma's Impact on Children and Adolescents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts a number of child- and adolescent-related asthma control programs and activities throughout many of its centers, institutes, and offices. Following are examples of some major ongoing efforts.

Other related links:

The Consortium on Children's Asthma Camps has taken an important role in coordinating the activities of asthma camps nationwide, promoting the quality of medical care and asthma education, and advancing the positive impact of the camps on the lives of children with asthma.

Asthma Adventures is packed with playful and creative educational activities for use at Asthma Camps or other group learning opportunities. They are in PDF format and could download for free.

This manual is divided into five chapters: Anatomy Activities, Medication Activities, Trigger & Early Warning Signs, Feeling Activities and Coping Activities.

Discovery School lesson plans are written by teachers for teachers. The homepage of this site provides free clip art, puzzles etc. Allergy vs. Viruses
Objectives of the lesson:
1. Understand how a virus and an allergen infect the body and how the body responds to each

2. Create flowcharts to show the body’s reaction to the common cold (a viral infection) or hay fever (an allergic reaction)

3. Examine the differences in how colds and allergies are diagnosed and treated.

Easy Breathers is a multimedia resource featuring a video and Web site designed to teach high school students (ages 13 and up) about the connection between transportation choices and air pollution. Easy Breathers was produced by high school students in a project-based learning environment.

Asthma Ed is a dodge-type game. Ed has a problem with the exhaust that comes from cars.You need to help avoid the pollution coming out of the back of these combustion-engine beasts as Ed flies past them in his hyper-electro car.

There are several accompanying information links and "Learn about asthma" is one of them. This will be an entertaining tool for a hands on computer lab setting.

This program includes a video it is where the Easy Breathers story began. This could be obtained free of charge.

This Web site concentrates on the latest episode, "Breaking the Mold," and includes standards-based lesson plans and reproducible activities for you to share with your students, suggestions for ways to use the video in your classroom, and detailed background information about indoor air pollution and its health effects.

We all have the copies of this video. We could possibly use the video in class room presentations and get the middle school students to do the accompanying lesson plans with the help of the teachers. We could lend the video to the teachers, if they are unable to purchase a copy.

Lesson Plans

In response to the growing asthma problem, EPA created a national, multifaceted asthma education and outreach program to share information about environmental factors -- found indoors and outdoors -- that trigger asthma. Although there is no cure, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental asthma triggers.

This is a very useful Asthma site within the EPA site. This has substantial amount of information and resources designed for different audience groups, and links to numerous external resources. Most of these resources are available in Spanish as well.

Project A.I.R.E (Air Information Resources for Educators) was developed by EPA to focus the attention of students on air pollution issues. These units encourage students to think about air pollution problems and the alternatives for resolving them. Topics covered include: air quality, rainforests, radon, the creation of environmental laws, the greenhouse effect and ozone.

Note: We could use the air quality lessons and the reading material.

For parents and caregivers: "Attack Asthma. Learn More." - Find out what you can do to eliminate asthma triggers in your home.

For Healthcare Professionals

Partner Resources - EPA has developed a wide variety of no-cost materials in multiple languages to help raise awareness of asthma and environmental asthma management. You could order materials for use at your community outreach events.

Other interesting publications/ activity kits:

Healthology is a leading producer and distributor of physician-generated health and medical information on the Web. With the largest and most distinguished library of original, streaming health programs and health articles on the Internet, Healthology provides companies with seamless solutions for their online health information and educational needs.

This site has a collection of Asthma and Allergy streaming videos, which could be used in presentations.

Healthy Homes = Healthy Kids

Healthy Homes = Healthy Kids, through its Detroit Project, provides lead poisoning education and control activities for Detroit.

This is a flyer, which they created along with the lead poisoning awareness material.

Indoor Air Flyer

This site provides information to students, teachers, and partners on responsible laboratory animal care and use in biomedical research, testing, and education.

BioSTARS, series is a free consumable science supplement for educators. Each issue of BioSTARS is available on two levels: level A for students in grades 4-6 and level B for students in grades 7-10. It is also available in Spanish.

KidsHealth is a frequently visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.

KidsHealth has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents - each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. There are thousands of in-depth features, articles, animations, games, and resources - all original and all developed by experts in the health of children and teens.

KidsHealth Parents' site:
This site has a page exclusively for allergies, asthma, and the immune system. The links on this page provide detailed information. This is a good site to refer to parents. The pinter-friendly info pages could be used as handouts.
Here are some of the main info pages:

KidsHealth Teens Health site:

Mayo Clinic.com


Mayo Clinic is a charitable, not-for-profit organization based in Rochester, Minn. Its mission is to provide the best care to every patient every day through integrated clinical practice, education and research.

Mayo Clinic is based on the idea of "cooperative medicine"; teams of experts combine their skills and experience to help solve people's medical problems. In simple terms, Mayo believes that two heads are better than one, and five are even better.

This site has a A-Z Diseases & Conditions guide. The asthma and allergy sections provides important information.

MedlinePlus is designed to help us find appropriate, authoritative health information. They we provide access to information produced by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, such as searches of MEDLINE/PubMed, our database that indexes medical research literature, and ClinicalTrials.gov, the database of research studies from the National Institutes of Health.

They also provide a database of full-text drug information, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, interactive health tutorials, and the latest health news.

The Medical Encyclopedia section if site proves access to a large number of colorful illustrations and easy read information on Asthma and Allergies.

Interactive Health Tutorials: The tutorials listed in this section are interactive health education resources from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial.

The NHLBI provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. Since October 1997, the NHLBI has also had administrative responsibility for the NIH Woman's Health Initiative.

For health professionals and the public, the NHLBI conducts educational activities, including development and dissemination of materials, with an emphasis on prevention. 

This site provides fact sheets about Asthma and other lung diseases. Most of the Asthma related publications are in PDF format, but print copies of some bilingual materials could be ordered and inexpensive.

Lung Diseases Information, fact sheets and publications

Asthma Awareness: Curriculum for the Elementary Classroom
Developed for use with elementary school children, these lessons are easily integrated into a comprehensive health education curriculum and/or into science as it relates to body systems and the environment. The lessons include suggestions for math, art, and language arts activities.

The National Jewish Medical and Research Center is a leading medical institute for the study and treatment of respiratory, allergic and immunologic diseases.

They host a special site for asthma information. You could learn all about asthma symptoms, asthma medications,asthma management and asthma treatment programs at National Jewish on this site.

The Understanding Series from National Jewish provides information about respiratory and immunologic conditions. These publications consist of information on the web site and free of charge!

The Asthma Wizard will guide you through each chapter of an online book to help you learn all about asthma and how it affects kids. The Asthma Wizard is available in both English and Spanish. We could use the printer friendly versions of the pages as info sheets for kids.

The mission of the National Safety Council is to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.

The National Safety Council’s Environmental Health Center
This Safety & Health Policy Center of the National Safety Council provides information for journalists, educators, general public, children, and professionals. Their Indoor Air Quality Program has a collection of valuable resources.

Teachers Guide to Indoor Air Quality
This guide has been developed in cooperation with
EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit.
This guide and the activities in it are designed to be used in 4th through 6th grade classrooms.
These tools are designed to help students increase their knowledge of indoor air quality (IAQ)
problems and solutions.

The lesson plans can easily be incorporated into the general science or health sections of your curriculum. The activities include various games, surveys, questionnaires, and simple experiments. Students will use skills in a variety of areas: science, vocabulary, math, and basic biology. Most of the activities can be completed in one class period.

The NIEHS Kids' Pages is an informational and educational resource for all ages. The intent of this web site and its goals are to teach children about the connections between their health and the environment; encourage children to pursue careers in health, science, and the environment; explain the mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; and assist children in learning to read and master challenging mathematics and science.

Air My World Indoors page has eight games, activities and info related to indoor air quality. We could print out the text versions of these games and their answer sheets and get kids to play them, or the kids could use the online version.
Here are some of the games:

For background info, images etc. Asthma and Allergies and their Environmental Triggers

The Puffer's Kingdom is an interactive educational web site for kids with asthma.

Puffer’s Asthma Program assists parents and children in developing a personalized plan to control asthma and to reduce the suffering caused by the disease. Once the plan is initiated, our health care specialists are always available to answer questions and concerns.

This colorful, musical and interactive web site tells the story of a dragon named Puffer, who suffered from asthma, teach kids about asthma through Puffer's story. This site is good for kids to play around, go to deferent sections of Puffer's kingdom and each section provides interactive information on asthma causes and control.

Quest for the Code™ is an interactive adventure game that helps teach children, ages 7 to 15, about asthma and key asthma management concepts in a fun and engaging way. The asthma CD-Rom Game: Quest for the Code™ is free to children with asthma and their families within the United States and Canada.

STARBRIGHT Asthma CD-ROM Game: Quest for the Code™ is a product of the STARBRIGHT Foundation, sponsored through an independent educational grant by GlaxoSmithKline.

Featuring the voices of eleven top celebrities and designed in stunning 3-D animation, Quest for the Code was created to help kids ages 7 to 15 learn how to manage their asthma. Each CD-ROM contains the game in both English and Spanish and includes a comprehensive Parent Guide. (CD-ROM available in PC only.)

Best of all, the game is FREE to kids with asthma, their families and the health professionals who care for them!

Smog City is an interactive air pollution simulator that shows how your choices, environmental factors, and land use contribute to air pollution. In Smog City you're in control so your visit can be a healthy or unhealthy experience depending on the decisions you make. You'll see how ground-level ozone, the biggest part of summertime smog, increases or decreases when you spend a day in Smog City. And since ozone can irritate respiratory systems, cause breathing difficulty, coughing, and chest pain, knowing how and why ozone forms and what you can do about it is important to the residents of Smog City and everyone else on the planet.
This free interactive activity could be run on your PC if you have Internet Explorer 3.0 or Netscape 3.0. You can also download this activity by providing some basic information as to how you are going to use Smog City.
StopAllergy provides patients with cost-effective environmental control solutions for the home and workplace to reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with allergies and asthma. StopAllergy is a true patient and consumer advocate and is committed to educating the patient about the benefits of environmental control.

This is a commercial site. However, it provides basic information about allergens, how to test them and remove them form your environment.
The allergen testing kit that they provide contains:
An instructional video, a consumer information brochure, two easy-to-use dust collector traps to collect samples from two rooms, and a pre-addressed, postage paid sample return box.

Note: this video could be a good resource to use in school presentations etc. This site was recommended by a HOPE partner.

"What's Asthma All About?" was created by Neomedicus, and was funded through an unrestricted educational grant from Merck. It was created In honor of World Asthma Day. "What's Asthma All About?" is an interactive movie about asthma, what triggers asthma and about asthma treatment. It is made in both English & Spanish, and with & without sounds.

A good tool for a hands on computer lab setting.

Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Room 244
PO Box 210207, Tucson, AZ, USA 85721-0207
This page contains material published by various institutions working towards the awareness and prevention of asthma and allergy. Some of these material can be obtained free of charge.

Funded by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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