Members of the Mesa County Asthma Task Force are hoping to get the attention of people who have the lung disease and don't know it. The group also wants to make families more aware of how to prevent their kids' asthma attacks. According to members of the group, asthma is the number one cause of missed school days for children in Colorado.
The task force is planning a media campaign for May, which is World Asthma Month. The plan is to familiarize people with the different symptoms, and help them to avoid things that trigger attacks, like second–hand smoke. While asthma is only inconvenient for some sufferers, it can be life threatening if not treated properly.
The work of the task force is part of a federal initiative called “Steps to a Healthier U.S.” Mesa County is one of 40 communities around the country to receive funding to fight asthma, obesity and diabetes. The project coordinator says those are the most preventable, and most costly, health problems to society today.
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