World Asthma Day May 4, 2010

May 4, 2010 World Asthma Day

The one element which we all share, we all need to live and is the single most important thing is AIR. We all breathe. Most of us don’t ever “think” about breathing – unless we have asthma or some type of lung disease.

Our lungs act as a “filter” to unhealthy toxins and allergens – with every breathe we take; we are inhaling these particulates into our lungs. Someone with asthma has a much harder time, as their “filter” is not as healthy as the rest of us. This is why it is so important to educate others about the sources of indoor (and outdoor) air pollution and its effects on our health.

Asthma is the most chronic serious childhood disease and number one reason for school absenteeism. One in ten children presently has asthma which is expected to rise to one in five by the year 2020. The annual cost to society for health and lost productivity is over twenty billion dollars.

We are finding that daily low-level exposures to toxins are predisposing us to developing asthma. According to Physicians for Social Responsibility, “Researchers are increasingly focusing on indoor air pollution as a leading contributor to asthma particularly among poor inner-city populations.” The EPA states that indoor air quality is in the top five environmental health risks to public health. These are just a few studies linking indoor air quality to the increase in asthma.

On May 8, in honor of World Asthma Day I will be speaking at a Parent Asthma Workshop for the Broward Public Schools about how to create healthy indoor air in a home. As a licensed Interior Designer, I will be giving tips on how to make affordable and easy design changes within a home. These tips will include what makes a product healthy, how to find sources of indoor air pollution and ways to create a healthy interior.

Please join me in honoring all those who have asthma, as well as educating others to create and maintain healthy indoor air.                                                                                                                                    facebook: Denise Robinette – HealthyLiving Interiors – Healthy-n-Green

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