Pinedale Elementary Achieves “Asthma-Friendly School” Status

Pinedale Elementary, where nearly 15 percent of the students have asthma, recently became an “Asthma-Friendly School.” To achieve this recognition, CAPW asthma educators worked with administrators, staff, teachers, parents and students to create awareness about the disease, as well as how to manage the condition at school. In addition to age-appropriate Asthma Action training and workbooks, CAPW provided take-home items such as equipment to measure lung capacity and pillow encasings to reduce common asthma triggers in the home. As part of the program, CAPW also offered assistance with medication and primary medical care if needed.

While much work remains to be done to reduce the number of hospital visits due to asthma-related complications, Pinedale has seen encouraging progress. Absences related to asthma were reduced by more than 22 percent for the children who participated in CAPW’s Asthma Action program, and more schools have signed up to become “asthma-friendly” in 2010 and 2011.

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