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Asthma Awareness Month
Statewide event, plus education materials via blog

Every year, over 800 people are hospitalized in Utah because of asthma or asthma related conditions, and one in twelve people have asthma. May is National Asthma Awareness Month, the Utah County Health Department (UCHD) is reaching out to help individuals identify and manage their asthma.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. People with asthma have airways that are hyperresponsive, meaning that the airways react to asthma triggers such as colds, cigarette smoke and exercise faster and more intensely than people whose airways are normal.

Andrea Jensen, UCHD environmental health educator, knows all about how this can effect someone. Besides having asthma herself, her three children also have chronic asthma. "I use personal stories about my asthma and that of my three teenagers to help other families," said Jensen. "I didn't have anyone to turn to 14 years ago, when my kids were diagnosed. And I have learned so much over the years, that I try to help others realize what asthma is and how to best manage it."

Among other methods, Jensen writes authors a blog -- "My Life as an Asthma Mom" -- where she shares insights and gives tips. "I try to provide timely information that people can use," said Jensen. "For instance, I recently wrote about vacationing with asthma. You can't take a vacation from asthma, but if you plan ahead, hopefully asthma won't reunion a vacation." The blog can be found at http://asthmamomli fe.blogspot.com.

The Utah County Health Department will join with Rocky Mountain Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology to hold a special screening and awareness event on Friday, May 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. at 1660 W. Antelope Dr., Suite 225, in Layton. Jensen and others will be on hand to discuss signs and symptoms of asthma, as well as discuss ways individuals can manage their condition.

The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, responding to public health emergencies, and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. The UCHD is a partner with Utah's Public Health Departments. For information on UCHD programs
or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth. org or call 801-851-7000.
You can also now follow the UCHD at www.FaceBook.com/uch ealth, www.instag ram.com/UtahCountyHealthDept, www.twitter.com/uchd, or www.pinterest.com/uchd< /a>.


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