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SASKATOON - Asthma is a chronic (life-time) disease that makes the lungs very sensitive and hard to breathe. The lung disease is common yet serious with as many as 1 in 5 youth affected. "In every classroom, there is a very good chance that several students will have asthma. It’s important for all of us to learn that although asthma can’t be cured, proper treatment, can allow children and adults to lead normal, active lives,” says Jill Hubick, Registered Nurse and Certified Respiratory Educator with The Lung Association, Saskatchewan.
There is an increase in asthma symptoms in September making the interactive, fun and magical asthma event very timely for Saskatoon’s youth. When youth go back to school, they are suddenly in close quarters with many other students and with the germs and viruses children carry. Viruses, including the common cold, are one of the most common triggers (things that make asthma worse) for asthma symptoms in youth. For those with asthma, especially uncontrolled asthma, a simple cold can lead to dangerous symptoms and unscheduled visits to the doctor or the emergency department. “Empowering people through education about disease - their triggers, symptoms and available treatments - enables patients and families to be in control of their illness. With the involvement of the Lung Association, we are able to do so for patients and families with asthma,” says Dr. Maryam Mehtar, pediatrician for St. Mary’s Wellness and Education Centre.
St. Mary’s became the first in Canada to have an in-school pediatric clinic. The clinic is a partnership between the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine and the Saskatoon Tribal Council. The Lung Association was St. Mary’s Pediatric Clinic’s first community partner. Hubick is part of the multi-discipline clinicians providing breathing tests (spirometry) at the clinic. “We’re truly blessed to have partners like the Lung Association to help serve our school community,” said Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools’ Board of Education Chair Diane Boyko. “The community health and education model adopted at St. Mary’s relies on support from a variety of organizations, associations and companies to make it viable. We’re truly thankful.”
To learn more about asthma visit sk.lung.ca/asthma.
About the Lung Association, Saskatchewan
The Lung Association is the leading organization in Canada working to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease. This is done by funding vital research and pushing for innovative ways to help people manage their health. The Lung Association, Saskatchewan’s role is to improve respiratory health and the overall quality of life through programs, education, research, training, treatment and prevention of lung disease.
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Jill Hubick, RN
The Lung Association, Saskatchewan