NMMC SETS EDUCATIONAL, FUN-FILLED CELEBRATION FOR YOUNG ASTHMA

CATEGORY: HTH Health

AUTHOR: BRENDA

NMMC SETS EDUCATIONAL, FUN-FILLED CELEBRATION FOR YOUNG ASTHMA PATIENTS

By Brenda Owen

Daily Journal

Having asthma is never easy, and when you’re a child it can be even harder. With education about coping with the illness, however, both children with asthma and their parents can breathe a little easier.

To provide a source of education about asthma, North Mississippi medical Center in Tupelo, the American Lung Association and Key/Schering Pharmaceuticals are sponsoring Asthma Super Saturday this weekend. Children between the ages of six and 12 who have been diagnosed with asthma and their parents are invited are invited to participate.

Registration for the free education program, which will be held at North Mississippi Medical Center’s Education Center located at 830 S. Gloster St. will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Liz Dawson, NMMC Community Outreach Coordinator, said Asthma Super Saturday will be a fun-filled and educational opportunity for families coping with asthma.

“Separate programs and activities will be provided for the children and their parents. However, all of the programs will share a common goal: to help participants gain a greater awareness of asthma,” Dawson said.

Asthma triggers, early warning signs, relaxation and medications available are only a sampling of the information that will be provided that day, she said.

In addition to talks by representatives from NMMC’s Respiratory Therapy Department and Wellness Center, two physicians are scheduled to speak: Dr. Frank Wilburn, a board certified pediatrician in private practice with North Mississippi Pediatrics, and Dr. James Rish, a pulmonologist with IMA Foundation, will make presentations.

Educational sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. Each child who participates in the program will receive a free t-shirt and educational materials. In addition, information booths with product demonstrations will be available.

Class sizes are limited, so you may want to call ahead to preregister.

For more information, call 841-4013 or 1-800-THE DESK.

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