‘Get Asthma Ready’ Day, ArtsCape Joining Forces May 22 in Capaha Park

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 28, 2010 – Residents from across the region interested in learning more about asthma are invited to “Get Asthma Ready” May 22 in Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau as a part of Asthma Awareness Month.

The event is being organized in connection with the Cape Girardeau Art Council’s Ninth Annual ArtsCape to bring music, arts and healthy living to the community.

The free health events, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will offer asthma, blood pressure and body mass index screenings for people of all ages. In addition, there will be free information and prizes given away to each person receiving a health screening.

Officials with Southeast Health On Wheels, known as the S.H.O.W. Mobile, Dr. Janna Tuck, a local allergist, and Billy Thatcher, RT, along with other respiratory therapists with Southeast Missouri Hospital will conduct the free asthma screenings, while health care representatives with the Cape Girardeau County Health Center will offer blood pressure and body mass index screenings and provide information on asthma and healthy living.

“Get Asthma Ready” is a joint effort of the Cape Girardeau Arts Council, Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Environmental Analysis and S.H.O.W. Mobile, the American Lung Association, Southeast Missouri Hospital, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and the NASA Educator Resource Center.

For more information on “Get Asthma Ready,” contact Heather Duschell in the Center for Environmental Analysis at (573) 651-2355.