World Asthma Day
World Asthma Day is celebrated on first Tuesday of every May. This it falls on May 1. World Asthma Day is an annual event celebrated to improve asthma awareness, care and support for those who are affected by Asthma around the world. Preventing the current status of asthma all around the world is vital, and it has become the responsibility of all the medical experts and not only the patients. Asthma administration requires collaborative efforts of the patients, asthma carers, health professionals, community health groups and other healthcare systems globally. Hence World Asthma Day is a perfect day to raise awareness about Asthma.
“Hindered by asthma since I was six weeks old, I had begun experimenting with my diet and discovered a disquieting correlation. When I stopped eating the average American diet of sugar, fats, alcohol, chemicals, and additives, I felt better. I could breathe freely. When I tried to sneak in a hamburger and a Coke, my body rebelled.” – Paul Hawken
History of World Asthma Day
World Asthma Day is an annual event created by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in 1998. Asthma is a chronic infection of the lungs which create problems while breathing. The symptoms of asthma include breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. These symptoms will change in frequency and severity. When the symptoms are not under control, the airways can become inflamed making breathing difficult. While asthma can not be cured; the symptoms can be controlled by enabling the people with asthma to live full lives. Organized by healthcare workers in over 35 countries, World Asthma Day aims at educating the people on what research has found to be the most effective ways of controlling and treating asthma infection.
Themes of World Asthma Day
The current and past themes of World Asthma Day are listed below
- 1998: To help our children breathe.
- 2000: Everyone normal breathing.
- 2001: Unite to overcome Asthma.
- 2002: Understanding asthma.
- 2003: Reducing the asthma burden.
- 2004: Emphasis on asthma, reduce the burden of asthma.
- 2005: The Unmet Needs of Asthma.
- 2006: The Unmet Needs of Asthma.
- 2007-14: You Can Control Your Asthma.
- 2015: You Can Control Your Asthma, and it’s Time to Control Asthma.
- 2016: You Can Control Your Asthma.
- 2017: Better air better breathing
Other Celebrations on May 1
May 1 is also celebrated as
- National Mother Goose Day
- National School Principals Day
- Lei Day
- National Purebred Dog Day
- International Workers Day
- Poem on Your Pillow Day
- Executive Coaching Day
- National New Homeowners Day
How to celebrate World Asthma Day
Celebrating the World Asthma Day is quite easy and Very simple to remember. Just raise awareness about the ways of controlling and treating the asthma disease. Based on the current theme, GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma) provides educational material which will be distributed at the many and varied events held to raise awareness. You can use #WorldAsthmaDay to promote awareness in social media’s.