Asthma Awareness Day set for Saturday, May 16 at Bergfeld Park in Tyler

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Asthma Awareness Day set for Saturday, May 16 at Bergfeld Park in Tyler

Free health screenings and fun activities are the focus of “Asthma Awareness Day,” to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009, in Bergfeld Park in Tyler.

The event is sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and the East Texas Asthma Coalition.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects about 300 million people worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health.

In the United States, more than 22 million people have asthma. Almost 7 million of those are children under the age of 6.

Each year in the United States, asthma causes about 13 million missed school days for children and 10 million missed work days for adults, the NIH says.

Free pulmonary function testing and pulse oximetry will be offered at the event, and physicians will be on hand to answer questions about asthma. In addition, a clinic on effectively using a peak flow meter – a device that measures how well your lungs are working – will be held.

Volunteers with Therapet Animal Assisted Therapy and their four-legged friends also will be present, and honor students from All Saints Episcopal School of Tyler will offer face painting.

Entertainment will be provided by the Choir and Theatre Departments of Hogg Middle School, Texas East Gymnastics, Tater Ridge Bluegrass Band, clowns, and Jump’n Inflatables bounce houses.

Supporters of the event are the Asthma Coalition of Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CPS Medical, Inc., Pfizer, Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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