Asthma is the main reason why children miss school. In fact, children in the U.S. miss about 13.8 million school days each year due to asthma. Missing school can affect many children's grades and well-being. Controlling asthma triggers at home can help reduce asthma symptoms. But what about at school? If kids are exposed to triggers at school, managing asthma at home will be a losing battle.
Children are the most affected by air pollution and poor indoor air quality. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is a supporter of National Healthy Schools Day on April 2, 2019. The Healthy Schools Network uses this day to highlight how school environments affect the health and learning of school children. This year's focus is on eliminating hazards in schools and child care facilities. We believe healthier schools can help children not only perform better in school but have a better quality of life.
How Can I Help My School to Be Healthier?
Tell your child's teacher and school administrators about National Healthy Schools Day.
Help us support National Healthy Schools Day by spreading the word about how we need healthier schools for our children to learn in! Share this QuickReportCard with your school. Ask them to assess their school to see how well they are prepared to create an asthma-friendly school.
Share these websites with your school for more information about healthy school environments and activities:
- Healthy Schools Network – nationalhealthyschoolsday.org
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – aafa.org
- Environmental Protection Agency – epa.gov
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – cdc.gov