The Florida Asthma-Friendly School Award from the Florida Asthma Coalition recognizes elementary schools that meet criteria for excellence in asthma management. These are schools where administrators, staff, nurses, faculty, families, and clinical partners are working together to help students with asthma properly manage their disease.
The Florida Asthma Coalition awarded the first five Florida Asthma-Friendly Schools in May 2013. The award is offered at four levels (bronze, silver, gold, and platinum) based on the number and type of criteria achieved. Award winners enjoy a healthier student body and opportunities to show off their school’s success through local and state marketing efforts. The coalition has mentors across the state ready to help schools through the application process. To learn more about this new award opportunity, visit the Florida Asthma Coalition’s Asthma-Friendly Schools Webpage.
The number of school aged children with asthma is on the rise in Florida and across the nation. Schools are increasingly burdened by the poor outcomes resulting from the disease, namely increased absenteeism, decreased academic performance, and limitations on participation in physical activity.
The newly released fact sheet, Asthma in School-Aged Children, Florida 2013, provides an overview of the burden and impact of asthma on Florida's students.