By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


CHILDREN IN WILMINGTON LEARNED IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS ABOUT ASTHMA, WHILE PLAYING BASKETBALL. PLAYING SOME HOOPS. HEALTH REPORTER STEPHANIE STAHL JOINS US. YES. REPORTER: BY 6 MILLION CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE ASTHMA THE MOST COMMON CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE AMONG CHILDREN AND ALSO A LEADING CAUSE OF MISSED SCHOOL. TODAY’S PROGRAM IS AIMED TO EDUCATE CHILDREN, WHILE THEY ALSO HAD SOME FUN. REPORTER: DRIBBLING AND DUNKING AT HEALTHY HOOPS PROGRAM. IT IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE IT IS HELPING OUT THE KIDS. CHILDREN AT POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF WILMINGTON ALSO HAD HEALTH CHECKS AND TALKS. IT IS JUST TO MAKE SURE WE HAD A PHYSICAL AND MAKE SURE STUFF IS NOT GOING ON BECAUSE STUFF CAN ALWAYS HAPPEN AND YOU DO NOT KNOW IT. REPORTER: THEY LEARN ABOUT ASTHMA THAT CAN CAUSE A VARIETY OF HEALTH PROBLEMS AND IMPORTANCE OF STAYING HEALTHY, OVERALL. IF WE EAT RIGHT, EXERCISE RIGHT WE WILL HAVE A STRONG HEART, LUNGS AND THAT IS REAL MESSAGE, TO MAKE SURE EVERY KID KNOWS. REPORTER: SYMPTOMS CAN VARY CHILDREN OFTEN GO UNDIAGNOSED, DOCTORS SAY WHEN CHILDREN ARE ACCURATELY DIAGNOSED THEY CAN BE TREATED SUCCESSFULLY WITH MEDICATIONS. OUR GOAL, IT IS TO SET UP OPPORTUNITIES TO ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN UNDERSTAND THAT IF THEY DO HAVE ASTHMA, THEY CAN LIVE A VERY HEALTHY, PHYSICALLY ACTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE LIFESTYLE. REPORTER: THE CDC SAYS FEWER CHILDREN ARE HAVING ASTHMA ATTACKS PROBABLY BECAUSE CONDITION IS BEING BETTER MANAGER. ONE THING THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT, SECONDHAND SMOKE WITH CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA THAT CAN REALLY MAKE SYMPTOMS MUCH WORSE. BIG PROBLEM.


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