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State health officials commission schools to reduce asthma attacks

February 12, 2013 | 12:32 pm

The California Department of Public Health is trying to raise awareness about asthma prevention programs in schools by sponsoring a contest across the state.

The state is hoping to learn about successful programs to help students and staff breathe easier and reduce the number of asthma attacks on campuses. The state will award $2,000 to schools and $5,000 to districts for winners who have the best ideas for creating asthma-safe environments.

Asthma frequently causes students to be absent and parents to miss work, according to state public health officials.

Winners of the Achievements in Respiratory (AIR) Health Awards will be announced April 30.

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-- Anna Gorman

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