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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: New York (cont’d)Back to Index

Helping Girls Breathe Easier: An Asthma Awareness Patch Program for Girl Scouts

Asthma Coalition of Long Island

Hauppauge, NY

Anne Little

(631) 231-5864 ext. 12     

alittle@alans.org

www.nsasthmacoalition.org

The Asthma Coalition of Long Island in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA has launched a national Girl Scouts bilingual patch program "Helping Girls Breathe Easier: An Asthma Awareness Patch Program for Girl Scouts." Girl Scouts of all age levels will develop knowledge of asthma triggers, making healthy choices such as avoiding cigarette smoke and eating healthy foods and practicing relaxation techniques. By completing activities and earning the patch, girls can help create asthma awareness by reaching out to their community.

In 2002 the project began locally in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York and evaluation indicated that the program results in an increase in knowledge and improved self-management and healthy lifestyle choice skills. Three-thousand Girl Scouts have earned patches to date.

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