May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Many Americans are not aware of the seriousness of asthma, and if you are one of the 22+ million people living with this chronic disease, you’ve felt
the frustration of some people just not understanding the affect it has on your everyday life. In addition, if you are one of the 50 million people living with some type of allergy – including food allergies – sometimes the public doesn’t really understand how serious it is, even though the prevalence of allergic diseases has more than doubled in the past 30 years.
"That’s why we promote May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month each year," says Mike Tringale, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). "We’re doing everything we can to raise public understanding and support for everyone living with these chronic diseases."
And we’re making a difference! Thanks to free resources offered by AAFA and KFA, more families know how to prevent and manage these diseases so they can live a life without limits, more people in the public are learning the signs and
symptoms of asthma and allergies, and more people understand how serious it is. We’re working hard to support research to help find cures.
“Awareness is the first step to understanding.”
Spring and summer tend to be peak seasons for many people living with asthma and allergies, which makes May the perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases. During National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, AAFA asks you to joins us in raising awareness, understanding and support for people living with asthma and allergic diseases. Join the movement by creating an online fundraising page for AAFA or KFA, or planning an awareness month event in your area. You can also get materials and tools from AAFA to bring healthy messages to work, school and home.
For more information, visit www.aafa.org/AwarenessMonth.