SOURCE: American Lung Association

American Lung Association

May 31, 2016 11:19 ET

American Lung Association in Nebraska: Kids With Asthma Can Attend Asthma Camp for Free

Lung Association's Camp Superkids Teaches Kids to Manage, Control Asthma

OMAHA, NE--(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - Both parents and kids with asthma can breathe easy this summer thanks to the American Lung Association's Camp Superkids, a weeklong summer camp exclusively for youth ages 7-17 that teaches them how to better manage and control their asthma.

The Lung Association is offering full camperships (worth $470) to kids who qualify for free school meals and other camperships are available on a sliding scale fee.

The camp takes place Sunday, June 12 - Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the YMCA Camp Kitaki in Louisville, NE.

Camp Superkids is staffed round-the-clock by trained medical professionals, including specialists, physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists to ensure the youth's asthma is well managed during the camp. Asthma camps take added steps to ensure the child's asthma triggers are removed and/or well managed. Camp Superkids ensure that campers connect with other kids "just like them" and experience the outdoor activities in a medically-safe environment. Activities include swimming, horseback riding, crafts, archery, and more.

Researchers found that children who attended asthma camp, either day camps or sleep-over, are more likely to use their daily controller (preventative medication). In addition, children who attended asthma camp were 33% less likely to be hospitalized for asthma in the following year as a child with asthma who did not attend camp. Why? At asthma camp, campers learn about their chronic disease, signs and symptoms, how and when to take their medications, and how to participate in all activities even though they have asthma.

"Camp is a place where a child with asthma can still be a child. You don't have to be concerned because they are well taken care of. Camp helped him improve his asthma care. They showed him proper medication techniques, something that his health care provider has never shown him. They got him on a regular schedule for his medications (dose and time of day). He takes his medication himself now," said Deisy Brant, Plattsmouth, NE.

Registration is still open online at Lung.org. For more information, contact Cynthia Isaacson, Director of Camp Superkids in Nebraska and Minnesota at Cynthia.Isaacson@Lung.org or 651-268-7587 to register and for more details.

About the American Lung Association
Our mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.Lung.org.

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