How does air quality impact those with asthma?

Poor air quality can affect anyone -- but it can be particularly troublesome to those with asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma is the top reason for missed school days. In 2013, about 13.8 million missed school days were reported due to asthma.

Learn more about how air quality affects those with asthma in this edition of Spokane Clean Air's, "3 Minutes."
Why is Coco Orange?
Coco has a problem. He’s a chameleon but he can’t change colors. His asthma is also acting up.

Follow along and see how Coco and his friends at Lizard Lick Elementary solve this mystery as they learn about air quality and how to stay healthy when the air quality is bad.

To view "Why Is Coco Orange? online or print, click here.
Asthma Demonstration
According to the American Lung Association, asthma is the most common chronic condition among children. It currently affects an estimated 6.1 million children under 18 years, of which 3.5 million suffered from an asthma attack or episode in 2016.

This Asthma Demonstration help students understand how air quality can affect people with asthma.

A PDF of the activity can be found here.
Air Pollution and School Activities Guide

This guide was created in partnership with the Spokane Regional Health District. It helps explain activity levels and gives recommendations when air quality reaches specific thresholds.

A PDF of the guide can be found here.
Request a virtual visit from a clean air educator
We are available to engage students in Spokane County with virtual presentations.

Presentations can be customized to fit your current lessons and provide a fun way for students to discover more about Spokane's air quality. Contact Stephanie at to schedule a presentation.
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