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"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, waterbugs, tadpoles, frogs & turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, hickory nuts, trees to climb, animals to pet, hayfields, pine cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets – and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of his education." -Luther Burbank 1849 - 1926
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Fresh Air is a Personal, Family and Community Health Issue

Helping Our Kids Breathe Easier -- Policy Solutions in The Fight Against Childhood Asthma by the California Endowment reports some startling facts...

The Golden State's beautiful seascapes and amazing vistas aren't the only things leaving Californians breathless: Asthma rates in California are among the highest in the country. Among California children under 18 years of age, one in 10 suffers from this chronic respiratory disease.

Asthma is responsible for the most disabilities, hospital admissions and school absenteeism among children. Children with asthma who are exposed to certain environmental 'triggers' -- such as air pollution, outdoor allergens (e.g., pollen), tobacco smoke, dust mites, animal dander, mold and upper respiratory infections -- may experience symptoms more frequently.

Fortunately, the disease is largely preventable. With proper medication and attention to environmental conditions, the symptoms of asthma can generally be well controlled. However, many communities face a number of environmental factors -- from substandard housing conditions and rundown schools, to automobile emissions and industrial pollution -- that have been implicated in causing or worsening childhood asthma. These conditions make it difficult for California children with asthma to live, learn and play.

While families can take some steps to control the indoor environment of their homes -- for example, by providing allergy-protection bedding and choosing not to smoke -- families alone cannot initiate the larger changes needed to improve their children's environments to reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Moreover, landlords, school administrators, recreational center staff and others responsible for the environments in which school-aged children live, learn and play often do not understand the circumstances that trigger or exacerbate asthma attacks or the strategies for eliminating them.

If you have family members, students or coworkers with asthma, reading this report will help you understand how you can improve the situation. If you are concerned about general health environment factors...here are some of the "Outdoor Environment" solutions we can all work for:

  • Support transportation and land use policies that reduce automobile use and emissions.
  • Improve air quality by reducing ozone and particulate matter through development of alternative transportation programs (e.g., ride sharing), restrictions on burning, greater controls on emissions (especially diesel), alternate truck routes, and restrictions on the use of toxic pesticides near populations or schools.
  • Establish effective policies for communicating culturally and linguistically appropriate health advisories on poor air quality (high ozone level) days in order to reduce exposure risk.
We used to believe that kids just need to get outdoors more and play in the fresh air. Today, that's the exact opposite of reality. Too many kids are at risk when they go outdoors to play -- whether in their own yards or at the baseball field. Exertion brings on their asthma.

That's not a legacy I want to leave for our children. Let's use our resourcefulness to end this problem. Nature should be healing and nurturing...that's my belief and I'm stickin' to it!