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Asthma Action
New publications provide helpful tips and healthy advice

Asthma in Children
The first is "Asthma in Children" This was written by one of our volunteers, Dr. Tom Kovesi, a leading paediatric Respirologist from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.

Dr. Tom Kovesi has teamed up with The Lung Association to help parents breathe a little easier by providing the most up-to-date asthma information.

The new 48 page booklet, "Asthma In Children" is now available free of charge to physicians, parents, and those working with children. The handbook is designed to help anyone – parents, babysitters, camp counselors, swimming or soccer coaches – that will be responsible for asthma. It is easy to read, yet comprehensive. It provides caregivers with asthma triggers they need to be aware of, what to look for and how to help manage childhood asthma.

The 45-page booklet is available by calling the Asthma Action Helpline at 1-800-668-7682. Call now and obtain your free copy of "Asthma in Children".

Allergies & Asthma
A second noteworthy book, "Allergies & Asthma" has recently been released. This was written by Dr. Karen Binkley and was endorsed by the Ontario Lung Association and Anaphylaxis Canada. Dr. Binkley, a specialist in Allergy and Clinical Immunology and practices at two Toronto hospitals Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre and St. Michael's Hospital.

Her book offers clear, concise, easily understood information about allergies and asthma. It will enable patients to make informed decisions about their treatment and help family and friends understand more about these conditions.

"Allergies & Asthma" is available only at Chapters, Coles and Indigo bookstores as well as the World's Biggest Bookstore. The cost of this excellent resource is $12.95.

Living with asthma? We can help.

Our Asthma Action program is especially for those who have questions about their asthma or just want to know more about the disease itself.

Enough is known about the diagnosis and treatment of asthma that you should be able to go about everyday activities with little or no discomfort from symptoms. Successfully managing your asthma depends firstly, on you and secondly, on a close partnership with your doctor – one in which you feel comfortable enough to talk openly.

Our Asthma Action program will help you understand:
  • how asthma can affect you
  • the symptoms of asthma
  • how to avoid the triggers of asthma
  • steps for prevention
  • treatment options
  • up-to-date information about asthma medications; and
    most importantly,
  • how to achieve good asthma control.
Most people with asthma can live their lives free of asthma symptoms. Discover how you can achieve optimal control of your asthma symptoms. Developed by team of asthma specialists and medical professionals, our Asthma Action program includes:
  1. Asthma Action handbook
  2. Asthma Action plan
  3. Asthma Action diary cards
  4. Asthma Action fact sheets
  5. Asthma Action toll-free helpline
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by phone Call to order your Asthma Action program
Order your free copy of our Asthma Action program, complete with a 36-page Asthma Action handbook, including an Asthma Action plan and diary card, along with fifteen Asthma Action fact sheets, call The Lung Association's toll-free Asthma Action Helpline at 1-800-668-7682.

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Contact a Certified Asthma Educator
Help is online and on the phone

Certified Asthma Educators can coach and advise you how to avoid asthma triggers, how to use your medications effectively, teach you about proper environmental control and how to achieve good control of your asthma.

by e-mail By e-mail
If you have questions or concerns about asthma, contact our Certified Asthma Educator, Shelagh Finlayson, by e-mail at

by phone

By phone
Ontario residents can also reach our Certified Asthma Educators through our toll-free Asthma Action Helpline at 1-800-668-7682. They are available week days during business hours.


Asthma Action Program
Asthma Action handbook
Asthma Action plan
Asthma Action diary cards
Winter 2003 Newsletter (pdf)

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