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                    Mecklenburg Board of Commissioners
                               Action Item
                               May 1, 2007
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Subject:              World Asthma Day and Asthma Awareness Month

ACTION:               Proclaim May 1, 2007 as World Asthma Day and May 2007 as
                      Asthma Awareness Month in Mecklenburg County.


Staff Contact:        Wynn Mabry, MD, Health Director


Presentation:         Yes__X__ No_____


BACKGROUND/JUSTIFICATION: For the past several years the Board has
proclaimed the first day of May as World Asthma Day in Mecklenburg County and May
as Asthma Awareness Month in Mecklenburg County. Making this public proclamation
helps to raise awareness of this chronic illness and allows the Board to learn more about
ways to alleviate the illness.

PROCUREMENT BACKGROUND: N/A


POLICY IMPACT: N/A


FISCAL IMPACT: N/A



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ATTACHMENT(S): Proclamation
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          Mecklenburg County
                                North Carolina
                            Proclamation
                 World Asthma Day and Asthma Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by coughing,
wheezing, shortness of breath, and may be brought on by environmental triggers such as
smoking, air pollution, allergens, and other causes; and

WHEREAS, In the United States, over 20-million people are diagnosed with asthma
each year, and is the leading cause of school absence among children with chronic
disease, for which there is no cure, but can be controlled with medication and education;
and

WHEREAS, In North Carolina, there are over 170,000 children and over 390,000 adults
who have been diagnosed with asthma, and children in North Carolina with asthma miss
3.7 more days of school per-year more than children without asthma; and

WHEREAS, In Mecklenburg County an estimated 48,000 adults reported a diagnosis of
asthma with over 7,500 students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg School children being
diagnosed with asthma, the number one chronic disease in our schools;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mecklenburg Board of
Commissioners does hereby proclaim May 1, 2007 as

World Asthma Day and May 2007 as Asthma Awareness Month

in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

This the 1st day of May 2007.




                                     ___________________________________
                                     Jennifer Roberts, Chairman
                                     Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

				
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