Children's Hospital of Georgia to offer free asthma screenings Saturday
A respiratory therapist with Children’s Hospital of Georgia performs a pulmonary function study on a child during an asthma awareness event. (Source: Children's Hospital of Georgia)
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -
Children's Hospital of Georgia will provide free asthma screenings and education Saturday in downtown Augusta.
The event, funded by a grant from the Kohl's Cares program, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.
"Asthma affects more than 225,000 children in Georgia, and we want to do everything we can to provide education for patients and families," said Jennifer Anderson, Director of Respiratory Care Services at Children's Hospital of Georgia. "Our goal is to help patients manage their asthma and prevent adverse events."
Asthma is a lifelong disease that targets the lungs, causing wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing. Asthma triggers include smoke, mold, pet dander and air pollution. Although there is no cure, most people can control symptoms and prevent asthma attacks by avoiding triggers and correctly using prescribed medicine.
Kohl's commitment to Children's Hospital of Georgia is made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $231 million dollars through this merchandise program.