Remember the old Public Service Announcement with the leaking fish bowl and the poor little goldfish? He swims around as the water level drops and a little boy’s voice narrates “I don’t want to be a fish with no water.”
I remember it was hard to see and hear — then I thought about the point of the ad — there are 23 million people who experience that feeling of dread and panic on a regular basis. They’re children and adults suffering from asthma.
Experts still don’t know the root cause of asthma, or why some people get it and others don’t. We do know that Maryland has more diagnosed asthma sufferers (about 13%) as compared the national average.
The 2010 Asthma Capitals list compiled by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America lists Baltimore (50) and Washington, DC (41) near the middle of the pack when it comes to the 100 metro areas “most challenging” for people with asthma. Both metro areas are cited as having a higher than average number of residents with asthma, which seems in line with our local data.
Nationally, every day because of asthma:
- 40,000 people miss work or school,
- 30,000 people have an asthma attack,
- 5,000 people visit the emergency department,
- 1,000 people are admitted to a hospital, and
- 14 people die.
It can be a scary condition — but there are many ways to control and manage it.
FMH is bringing together experts from Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the University of Maryland Hospital for Children, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several local resources for asthma treatment for our second-annual Asthma Awareness Day event Saturday, May 22nd from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the FSK Mall.
We’ll be offering free pulse oximetry checks, spirometry screenings, carbon monoxide readings and blood pressure checks — plus give-aways and an art contest for the kids.
Come out, talk to the experts and learn how you can better manage your asthma!
Update: Thanks to everyone who came out to the FSK Mall for our second-annual event! Check out this article on the event from Sunday’s Frederick News-Post.
A couple of photos from the actual event: