Asthma Society of Canada partners with Walmart Canada to provide vital
asthma and allergy information to Canadians
TORONTO, May 3 /CNW/ - In honour of World Asthma Day, the Asthma Society
of Canada (ASC) is pleased to announce the expansion of its national
support program Allergies Count Too (ACT) NOW, a service that addresses
a gap in allergy education and provides critical information to people
affected by respiratory allergies. Canadians living with asthma and
associated allergies are encouraged to visit their local Walmart
pharmacies to learn more information about the program as well as
respiratory allergies, potential triggers and management.
Developed in response to increasing public enquiries for information on
asthma and related respiratory allergies, ACT NOW will provide
convenient access to up-to-date asthma and allergy information.
Through the ACT NOW program Certified Asthma/Respiratory Educators will
offer support and education about asthma and respiratory allergies in
English and French to people who reach out to the ASC's Support Line
via phone (1-866-787-4050), email (email@example.com) or the program website www.asthma.ca/allergies. This free service is available across Canada.
"World Asthma Day is an ideal time to raise awareness of the impact and
severity of chronic respiratory disease across Canada. The Society is
receiving a growing number of enquiries about respiratory allergies,
how to control and treat them, what medications are available and what
potential triggers might be," says Christine Hampson, President and CEO
of the ASC. "Effective treatment of seasonal or perennial allergies can
improve asthma control and may even help prevent the development of
Asthma is one of the most common causes of emergency room visits in
Canada for school aged children and is a leading cause of school and
work absenteeism. In Canada, 12 per cent of children1 and eight per cent of adults have asthma - approximately 2.5 million
people.2 In addition, about 20 to 25 per cent of Canadians have allergic
rhinitis.3 Research shows that 80 per cent of people with asthma also suffer from
allergic rhinitis, and that not treating allergic rhinitis could lead
to more symptomatic asthma.4 According to the estimates from the World Health Organization,
approximately 150 million people worldwide are affected by asthma and
more than 180,000 deaths are due to asthma each year.5
ACT NOW will provide education on asthma and respiratory allergies only.
For information on food allergies and anaphylaxis, ASC recommends
Anaphylaxis Canada as a key source in providing support and education
for patients and the community. For Canadians who have asthma or have
someone in their life affected by asthma, we encourage you to join the
National Asthma Patient Alliance (NAPA). You can learn more about this
advocacy resource and volunteer network at www.asthma.ca/napa.
The Allergy and Asthma Education Support Program (ACT NOW) is made
possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Glaxo SmithKline
Inc. World Asthma Day awareness activities have been generously
supported by Walmart Canada, Glaxo SmithKline Inc. and Johnson &
World Asthma Day Photo and Interview Opportunities
Walmart Canada will distribute asthma information in 275 English stores
nation-wide this week. Select locations will offer in-store
consultations where Canadians can speak with a pharmacist and learn
more about asthma, allergies and management options. Today, media are
invited to the following locations for interview and photo
opportunities with a pharmacist and a person with asthma:
Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Store locations and addresses:
900 Dufferin Street
101 Edgeley Blvd.
680 Laval Drive.
1001 Empress Street
3835 Memorial Dr.
N.E. T2A 2K2
Road. B4A 0C2
About the Asthma Society of Canada www.asthma.ca
The Asthma Society of Canada seeks to provide 'evidence-based,' market
tested, age appropriate asthma information, education, management tools
and support programs for Canadians with asthma. The Asthma Society of
Canada seeks to represent the views and best interests of Canadian
asthma consumers with other key stakeholders: government, industry,
healthcare providers, and community agencies. The Society also engages
in and facilitates dialogue and debate on issues impacting Canadians
with asthma. The Asthma Society of Canada is a registered charitable
organization. You can follow the Asthma Society on Twitter @AsthmaSociety.
1 Child Health and the Environment: A primer, 2005
2 Statistics Canada, National Population Health Survey 1998-1999. Ottawa
3 Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation
4 Combination Therapeutic Approach for Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis.
Bhupendrasinh Chauhan,et al. Current Clinical Pharmacology. Volume 3,
pages 185-197. 2008.
5 World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/en/
SOURCE Asthma Society of Canada
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