A recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) presented some alarming news about asthma rates. According to the CDC, children – in particular African American children – are suffering from asthma in record numbers. The report states that 10 percent of all children have been diagnosed with asthma; in the African-American community, that number is a staggering 17 percent!
In response to the rising problem, the American Lung Association in Wisconsin will be hosting a week-long day camp in the Milwaukee area for children with asthma. Children must be between the ages of 8 – 13 and on daily asthma medication to qualify. Active With Asthma Day Camp will be held June 20- 24, 2011, 9:00am – 4:30pm at Bay View High School in Milwaukee.
Active With Asthma Day Camp is a fun, activity-filled week. Trained medical and program staff will teach children about asthma, physical activity, medications, nutrition, how to avoid triggers, asthma action plans and more. The camp also will include exciting off-site field trips.
The fee to attend camp is $70; scholarships are available based on need. To apply, download application form at www.lungwi.org or contact the American Lung Association in Wisconsin at 262-703-4200 for an application. Application deadline is May 27 and a $20 deposit is required at the time of registration. Deposit will be refunded if child is not accepted. Once accepted, an information packet will be sent with dates, times, parent information and medical forms to be completed by parents, the child camper, and the child’s healthcare provider. All immunizations must be up to date.
For more information, visit www.lungwi.org, or call 262- 703-4200.