Open Airways

Asthma Management

​Open Airways

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness, and it’s the No. 1 cause of school absenteeism. But with programs like Open Airways, children can learn more about asthma, and how to manage the condition, so they experience less frequent attacks and live a happier, more active life.

Open Airways is a nationally recognized program for students in grades 3 – 5. The American Lung Association created this fun, interactive program to teach elementary school students how to manage their asthma.

Registered respiratory therapists and registered nurses from the Parkview Community Health Improvement program facilitate Open Airways programs in many northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio classrooms. Each program consists of five 30-minute meetings, which are held during the lunch or recess period. These meetings can be scheduled weekly, or twice per week.

Throughout the program, students will interact with each other through various activities to learn more about:

  • Early-warning signs of an asthma episode

  • Relaxation techniques to manage an asthma episode

  • Recognizing and controlling triggers

  • Asthma-control medicines

  • When to tell an adult they are having trouble with their asthma

  • When to go to the hospital for asthma-related problems


There is no cost. Open Airways is brought to you as a community service of Parkview Hospital Randallia.

Learn more

For more information, or to schedule a presentation, call (877) 774-8632 or (260) 373-7540.



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