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Do you want to learn about asthma? Here are some fun facts and some games and learning activities that are fun and easy to do at home or in the classroom, whether you are a child, childcare provider, parent, or teacher.


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Asthma - Get the Facts!

In this podcast for kids, the Kidtastics talk about basic asthma facts. Listen To This Podcast... (1:45)

Asthma Fast Facts for Kids [PDF - 2.15 MB]

Don't Let Asthma Keep You Out of the Game

In this podcast, the Kidtastics talk about how to stay active if you have asthma. Listen To This Podcast... (3:26)

AIRNow Website

Millions of people live in areas where air pollution can cause serious health problems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s site gives you access to national air quality forecast and air quality conditions, and links to more detailed state and local air quality sites.

  • AirNow Pollution "Students"

    This site for children in grades 6 through 8 gives you information about air pollution. Click on "Smog City 2" to see how individual choices, environmental factors, and land use contribute to air pollution.

  • AIRNow Kid’s Air

    The Air Quality Index for Kid’s page for kids, aged 7 to 10 years, shows children how to moderate their activity to play outside safely when air pollution levels are high. The Clean Air for Kids page for kids, aged 5 to 6 years, shows you when the air is clean and it is good to play outside and when you should stay inside to play.


BAM! Body and Mind

BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids aged 9 to 13 years. It provides information to help you make healthy lifestyle choices. The following pages contain information about asthma:

  • Disease Detectives: Dr. Stephen Redd, A.K.A. Dr. Asthma

    Dr. Stephen Redd, aka Dr. Asthma, Disease Detective, talks to kids about asthma. The former director of CDC’s National Asthma Control Program, Dr. Redd continues to work at CDC in the Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases.


Dusty the Asthma Goldfish and His Asthma Triggers Funbook [PDF - 1.29 MB]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers you this children’s booklet of fun activities to help parents and children learn more about asthma triggers. It is available in English [PDF - 1.29 MB] and Spanish [PDF - 1.42 MB].

Just for Kids

This Just for Kids page from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology offers lots of fun activities to help you learn about managing your allergies and asthma.

Kids.gov

The Kids.gov Web site links to government agencies, schools, and education organizations. You can search this site to learn about asthma basics.

NCEH Kids’ Page: Asthma

The National Center for Environmental Health, also called NCEH, Kids’ Page contains information about many environmental health issues, including asthma. Did you know that many Olympic athletes have asthma?

NIEHS Kids’ Pages

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Web site provides information about asthma and how to control environmental triggers.

Quest for the Code® Asthma Game

The Starlight Children’s Foundation adventure game helps kids and teens, aged 7 to 15 years, learn how to manage their asthma.


Videos


Know How to Use Your Asthma Inhaler

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program created this set of videos to help children with asthma and their families and caregivers learn how to use an asthma inhaler. The kids in these videos have asthma. Watch them demonstrate the techniques they use to take their medicine. This helps them control their asthma.


This video discusses how you can manage asthma to help prevent attacks or decrease the overall health effects of this disease. Childhood Asthma

Source: Developed by the DC Department of Health. ©2004.
This video discusses how you can manage asthma to help prevent attacks or decrease the overall health effects of this disease.
Watch This Video... (9:28)


 

Data & Surveillance

Percents by Age, Sex, and Race, United States, 2012. Age: Child = 9.3%, Adult =  8.0%, Sex: Male = 7.0%, Female =  9.5%, Race/Ethnicity: White =  8.1%, Black =  11.9%, Hispanic =  7%. Source: National Health Interview Survey, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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