The Asthma Society of Canada expands programming to empower people with
VANCOUVER, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - In response to increasing public enquiries for
information on respiratory allergies, the Asthma Society of Canada
(ASC) announced today the launch of Allergies Count Too, (ACT) NOW a
program that will fill the gap in allergy education and provide
critical information to Canadians.
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) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The free service will be available across Canada as of March 1, 2011.
"The Society is receiving a growing number of enquiries about
respiratory allergies, how to control and treat them, what medications
are available, how to use them correctly and what potential triggers
might be," said Christine Hampson, President and CEO of the ASC. "We
are simply responding to a demand that's clearly out there. The ACT NOW
program is the first step towards helping these people."
The program also includes a website (www.asthma.ca/allergies/) that provides further educational support, and contains information on
how to manage respiratory allergies as well as an online questionnaire
that helps visitors assess their allergy symptoms and the impact
allergies might have on their quality of life.
Jo-Anna Gillespie, a Certified Asthma Educator from Vancouver, said, "I
provide asthma and allergy-related education to people who are looking
for non-urgent, non-medical advice. This program will make a big
difference because they will have convenient access to current asthma
and allergy information from the comfort of their homes."
The ACT NOW program will provide education on asthma and respiratory
allergies only. For information on food allergies and anaphylaxis, the
Asthma Society recommends Anaphylaxis Canada as a key source in
providing support and education for patients and the community.
AllerGen NCE Inc. supports the ACT NOW program and is hosting a media
conference at its 6th annual research conference in Vancouver to publicize the program's
Dr. Susan Waserman, Chair of the Society's Medical and Scientific
Committee, said, "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. The program's objective
is to provide the best information possible so that people with both
diseases can manage them appropriately."
The Allergy and Asthma Education Support Program (ACT NOW) is made
possible by a restricted educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
SOURCE Asthma Society of Canada
For further information:
|For further information about the ACT |
NOW Program, contact:
President and CEO
Asthma Society of Canada
|For further information about the|
AllerGen conference, contact:
Manager, Communications and
Tel: 905.525.9140 x 26641
|For further information about Anaphylaxis Canada, contact:|
Director, Western Region
Toll free: 1-877-322-9378