District celebrates Asthma Awareness Month


SEYMOUR — May is Asthma Awareness Month and the Naugatuck Valley Health District wants to make sure everyone is aware.

The district, which serves Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour and Shelton, offers the “Putting on AIRS” program. The program is an in-home educational program funded through the Connecticut State Department of Public Health. It’s designed to help families of children with asthma understand how to identify, reduce/eliminate indoor asthma triggers and educated on asthma as a chronic disease, and the medications that control and or rescue asthma symptoms.

Almost 7 million children have asthma in the United States, according to the district. Asthma continues to be one of the most common serious chronic childhood diseases. In addition, asthma is a leading cause of hospital emergency department visits and school absenteeism.

For more information, call Naugatuck Valley Health District at (203) 881-3255.