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AmeriCorps VISTA member Derrick Price (left) shows
a student with asthma an exercise technique
during Cleveland School District’s Health and Wellness
Day at the Cleveland Vocational Tech Complex.

SAM continues asthma education

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The School-based Asthma Management team at Delta State continues to educate others about asthma, a common chronic disease that impacts the quality of life.

SAM is traveling to local schools to implement the Breathing Just Got Easier School Tour, teaching youth and the community about the inflammatory disease of the airways. The tour is designed for students who are directly impacted by asthma to ensure they are receiving proper guidance on preventative methods.

Asthma can keep children out of school and adults out of work. According to a 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control, 18.7 million adults had asthma along with seven million children. Asthma rates are rising for all age groups in urban and rural areas, regardless of race and income.

As of November 2013, seven local schools have participated in the SAM tour. The team has also traveled to local fitness centers, community libraries and health fair events to continue it’s education on effective asthma management.

SAM is located at the Center for Community and Economic Development at 1417 College St. in Cleveland, on the outskirts of Delta State’s campus. Contact the program for asthma in-service trainings and workshops at 662-846-4807, or via email at mdorsey@deltastate.edu.

Marquita Dorsey (left), SAM health advocacy coordinator and Derrick Price (right), AmeriCorps*VISTA member present a check to Satoria Hall, winner of the 50/50 Bear Bucks Raffle.

SAM Program announces raffle winner

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Delta State University’s School-based Asthma Management Program (SAM) recently presented Satoria Hall, of Cleveland, with a check for winning the 50/50 Bear Bucks Raffle. Hall received 50 percent of the proceeds from the raffle.

The remaining 50 percent will support SAM projects such as Wheezy Bear Asthma Education appearances in the local schools; Wheezy Bear Asthma Camp — a five day summer day camp; and Asthma Academy held at the United Family Life Center in partnership with the Cleveland Park Commission Summer Program and Rescue Me Boot Camps for parents of students with asthma. All projects are interactive, fun and designed to provide information and knowledge to help children manage their asthma at home and school.

This year, the raffle was held in honor of Judith N. Winford, SAM’s asthma resource nurse. Winford personally suffered from asthma, which fashioned an even greater passion and desire to help others manage and control asthma, especially children. Winford passed away on Dec. 22, 2013.

For more information about Delta State’s School-based Asthma Management program, call (662)-846-4807 or (662)-846-4784.

50/50 Bear Bucks Raffle

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Delta State University’s School-based Asthma Management (S.A.M.) is sponsoring a 50/50 Bear Bucks Raffle to fill someone’s bare pocket’s” the winner gets 50% of the sales of the raffle tickets! The remaining 50% of the money will go toward support of S.A.M. projects for children that have asthma. Projects such as Wheezy Bear Asthma Education Appearances in the schools, Wheezy Bear Asthma Camp – a 5 day summer day-camp, Asthma Academy, held at the United Family Life Center in partnership with Cleveland Park Commission Summer Program and Rescue Me Boot Camps for parents are interactive and fun. All projects are designed to provide information and knowledge to help children manage their asthma at home and at school. This year, the Annual 50/50 Bear Bucks Raffle is in honor of Mrs. Judith N. Winford (Judy). Mrs. Judy was the Asthma Resource Nurse for the S.A.M. Program until her death on December 22, 2013. Mrs. Judy also suffered from asthma which fashioned an even greater passion and desire to help others (especially children) manage and control asthma. The SAM team members wish to thank all that are so generous in helping to raise community awareness of the severity of asthma. Asthma can’t be cured but it can be controlled [more quickly and for longer periods] when children and their families have the necessary information to prevent an episode, “Together, we can keep our children healthy and in school” states Mrs. Winford. Raffle tickets can be bought at the DSU Center for Community and Economic Development, 1417 College St., just ask for S.A.M. You may call (662)-846-4784 or (662)-846-4807 and we’ll deliver the tickets to you (Cleveland, MS Area Only). You may also come by the Delta State University Student Union (1st Floor), January 15- 17, 2014 (9:30a.m.-12 noon).Tickets are $5 each; winner will be notified on February 14, 2014.