Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs, making breathing difficult. It is the most common long-term disease of children, but adults have asthma, too. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but an asthma attack only occurs when something bothers your lungs. When an attack occurs your airways become inflamed and narrow, mucus increases in the throat, and muscles tighten around the chest and throat; which causes symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, and a feeling of tightness in the chest.
Within Central Utah Health District, an Asthma Assessment was conducted to determine the burden of asthma within our communities. Within the state of Utah, Central has one of the highest rates of asthma.
Asthma Needs Assessment
Central Utah Local Plan
The six-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Course teaches skills to live a healthy life, and teaches techniques to manage symptoms of asthma. This course begins with general information about chronic diseases and how they affect us, then teaches skills to manage these symptoms. Some of these skills include muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, communication skills, exercise habits, proper nutrition, managing pain, and making an action plan.
Central Utah Asthma Coalition
Central Utah Asthma Coalition meets quarterly at the Richfield Office, and involves community members, professionals, and staff members. The coalition strives to increase the awareness of asthma in our communities and better the lives of community members living with asthma. To find out more about the Asthma Coalition contact the Sevier Office.
To find out more about the Asthma Coalition or the dates and locations of the course, contact your local office. For more information about asthma, visit http://health.utah.gov/asthma/.