Quick Fact #1
Staying fit and healthy is important for controlling your asthma. You should eat a healthy and balanced diet that includes a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups.
Quick Fact #2
Exercise and daily physical activity can help you lose weight, maintain good health and fitness and control your asthma. Being active will also help strengthen your lungs, heart and muscles.
Quick Fact #3
More than 25 West Virginians die of asthma each year.
Quick Fact #4
According to the 2003 National Survey of Children’s Health, West Virginia has the 4th highest prevalence of asthma in the nation among children aged 0-18.
Quick Fact #5
Among chronic diseases, asthma is the leading cause absenteeism among school-aged children.
Quick Fact #6
The West Virginia Health Statistics Center has identified four priority populations for asthma in West Virginia: Children, women, the elderly, and people of low socio-economic status.
Quick Fact #7
WV residents 65 or older now have the second-highest rate of asthma in the country (2005 BRFSS).
Quick Fact #8
Approximately 9% of West Virginia adults, or 130,000 adult individuals, currently have asthma (2005 BRFSS).
Quick Fact #9
The West Virginia Asthma Education and Prevention Program, along with its partners from the American Lung Association of West Virginia and the West Virginia Asthma Coalition, have produced a strategic plan for addressing asthma in West Virginia. See “Asthma Strategic Plan” under the publications tab above for details.
Quick Fact #10
According to the 2003 National Survey of Children’s Health, 11% of West Virginia’s children under the age of 18, or approximately 43,000 individuals, have asthma.
Quick Fact #11
The West Virginia Asthma Coalition (WVAC) is a group of volunteers from across the state who have an interest in helping reduce the burden of asthma in W.Va.; for information about joining the WVAC, click on the partners tab above and then the WVAC tab.
Quick Fact #12
Ask your health care provider if your prescribed treatment is based on the clinical practice guidelines for the care of patients with asthma, published by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.
Eat Your Broccoli! UCLA researchers report that sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, may help protect against respiratory inflammation - an indication of conditions like asthma, allergic rhinitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Age is no excuse. Young or old, we should all be physically active even those with asthma. For adults, that means 30 minutes of activity a day, five days a week. For kids, that means 60 minutes of activity a day, five days a week. You can also count your steps using a pedometer. Experts say adults should walk 8,500 steps a day. Kids should walk around 12,000 steps a day. Being active reduces your risk for heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
The West Virginia Asthma Education and Prevention Program aspires to raise awareness of asthma as a priority health concern in the state and to reduce suffering, disability, death, and economic costs related to the disease.
The Fact Sheets and other publications provide a brief overview of asthma in West Virginia by priority population - children, adult women, seniors, and low socio-economic populations (as listed in the A Strategic Plan for Addressing Asthma in West Virginia 2010-2014). For more detailed information and specific data on these topics and more, please view The Burden of Asthma in West Virginia and the Health Statistics Center Briefs.
For information not contained in these publications please contact the WVAEPP Surveillance Epidemiologist listed on this site under the tab About The WVAEPP - Personnel.
Download the Fact Sheets (PDF):
NEW* Asthma & Low Socio-economic Status (SES) (2013)
Asthma in WV (2013)
Asthma & Seniors in WV (2013)
Asthma & Children in WV (2013)
Asthma & Women in WV (2013)
For Information on the State Asthma Plan for West Virginia go to "State Plan" tab. Click here.
Other Statistical Publications
WV Medical Journal Article "West Virginia Health Statistics Center Child Asthma Survey Enables Development of State Asthma Plan" May/June 2010
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report May 3, 2011 - World Asthma Day Release
National Health Statistics Report January 2011 - Asthma Prevalence 2005-2009
Pneumoconiosis and Advanced Occupational Lung Disease Among Surface Coal Miners 2010-2011 - CDC MMWR report
Past WV Publications
Asthma in West Virginia Fact Sheet (Oct 2012)
Asthma & Seniors in West Virginia Fact Sheet (Oct 2012)
Asthma & Women in West Virgnia Fact Sheet (Oct 2012)
Asthma & Children in West Virginia Fact Sheet (Oct 2012)
Asthma & the Flu in West Virginia Fact Sheet (Oct 2012)
Asthma in West Virginia Fact Sheet (June 2010)
Flu & Asthma in West Virginia Fact Sheet (June 2010)
Asthma & Seniors in West Virginia Fact Sheet (June 2010)
Asthma & Women in West Virginia Fact Sheet (June 2010)
Childhood Asthma in West Virginia Fact Sheet (June 2010)
Asthma in West Virginia Fact Sheet (August 2009)
Asthma In West Virginia Fact Sheet (January 2008)
Childhood Asthma In West Virginia Fact Sheet (January 2008)
Asthma & Women In West Virginia Fact Sheet (January 2008)
Asthma & Seniors In West Virginia Fact Sheet (February 2008)
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