ABOUT LUNG POWER
Lung Power delivers asthma management education in a family entertainment-based setting. Our goal is to engage, educate, and empower both youth and their caregivers so that we can reduce school absenteeism, increase asthma medication compliance, and decrease exacerbations, as well as fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Our first pilot program, “Family Asthma Day at the Aquarium,” was held in May 2019 at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. Asthma rates among youth in Long Beach alone are the highest in the region. Fifteen percent of Long Beach youth suffer from asthma compared to eight percent overall for Los Angeles County.
Lung Power came about as a response to the fact that air quality in the Los Angeles region is the worst in the nation. Pediatric asthma cases in Los Angeles County result in more than 20,000 emergency room visits, and almost 3,000 hospitalizations each year. Many of these visits are avoidable through patient and family education focused on improving asthma management and timely care-seeking behavior. Our goal for Lung Power is to hold four events each year in different family-friendly locations throughout Southern California.
at the Aquarium of the Pacific
BREATHE LA organized a fun family day of asthma education at the Aquarium with physician tips for managing childhood asthma:
- Attendees learned how to recognize, prevent and manage an asthma attack
- Proper use of asthma medication and spacers
- Gained confidence to participate in sports, school activities and healthy lifestyle habits