Helping Kids Breathe Easier on World Asthma Day

It’s estimated that on any given day in the United States some 77-thousand children stay home from school because of asthma related issues.  On World Asthma Day, health advocates, parents and environmental groups sought to draw attention to this health issue by staging a lunchbox demonstration at Union Station.  Organizers lined up hundreds of lunchboxes and lunch strays to symbolize the number of children who miss school because of asthma conditions.

According to, for children ages 5 to 17, asthma is the leading cause of school absences from a chronic illness. It accounts for an annual loss of more than 14 million school days per year (approximately 8 days for each student with asthma) and more hospitalizations than any other childhood disease.


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Growing up in a military family, Taylor Thomas lived overseas until she was 16 years old. She called places such as Great Britain and the Philippines home. For a time, Taylor even spoke with a British accent. Well now she resides in the DC area and for the past three years has worked as the news anchor for The Steve Harvey Morning Show on WHUR. Recently, Taylor has adopted the Washington Redskins as her most loved pro sports team.

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