Painted Turtle

Every year we are delighted to send some of our families to a super weekend cap at the Painted Turtle, and this year we still have a few spaces left! Our Asthma Camp weekend at Painted Turtle is a chance for the whole family to take a break, learn a bit about managing asthma and allergies, and for everyone to have a great time together. We are fortunate to be able to offer the camp weekend to our families at no cost to them, as the weekend is generously supported by grants and donations.

If you would like to participate next year, keep an eye on our site for information, and we’ll open up registration next summer!  The 2015 camp will be held in October again next year, so be sure to check back early next summer!


Calling All Junior Chefs in the Kansas City and LA Areas – Registration for 2015 Opens May 1, 2015

img_0414_1Air Support America, part of the American Breathmobile Association Midwest Regional, is hosting the fourth annual Junior Iron Chef competition in Kansas City and in Los Angeles in July, 2015 and is on the hunt for the areas hottest junior chefs. This culinary throw down is for grades 6-12, and all teams will be required to cook an asthma and allergy friendly recipe for judging during the event. Team slots are limited, so be sure to register early! Registration will open again on May 1st, 2015 right HERE on the website, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis.

Junior Iron Chef, hosted by the Air Support America, part of the American Breathmobile Association Midwest Regional, is a metro-wide competition that gives children an opportunity to experience healthy eating through the preparation and cooking of nutritious foods, while building awareness for food allergies.

There has been an 18% increase in dangerous food allergies over the past decade. Eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. To date there is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious health consequences. In both Los Angeles and Kansas City, asthma and allergies are the leading cause for school absenteeism and hospitalizations, with approximately 7,000 emergency room visits and over 1,600 hospitalizations per year.

Help us support programming and asthma/allergy education for sufferers and their families – come out to Junior Iron Chef in July, or check out other opportunities to get involved on our site!