36085306 - Continuing Nursing Education Series Evaluating a Residential Asthma Camp Program And Ways to Increase Physical Activity Chanda Nicole

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PEDIATRIC NURSING/November-December 2008/Vol. 34/No. 6 459 Evaluating a Residential Asthma Camp Pro g r a m And Ways to Incre a s e Physical Activity T he American Lung Association – Southeast Region assessed the effectiveness of a re s i d e n- tial pediatric asthma camp p rogram, Camp Breathe Easy, which is in its 25th year of implementation. The goal of Camp Breathe Easy is to pro- vide an exceptional camp experience for children with asthma by off e r i n g specialized medical supervision in a one-week overnight camp experience for children with moderate to persistent asthma. Children attending Camp B reathe Easy re q u i re daily medical management and are able to part i c i- pate in a broad range of traditional camp activities, including but not limit- ed to swimming, canoeing, and repelling off trees (American Lung Association – Southeast Region, 2005). Camp Breathe Easy is a valuable i n t e r vention for children with persistent asthma; due to the severity of their asthma, many of these children may not be able to participate in other overn i g h t camps. Participants take part in a unique experience where they learn about the medical components of their asthma, how to manage their asthma, and the positive actions they can imple- ment concerning their personal health. A d d i t i o n a l l y, through key components of medical supervision, autonomy, peer s u p p o rt, and health education, childre n who attend Camp Breathe Easy can i n c rease the knowledge level of their condition, as well as develop gre a t e r self-esteem and coping skills, and learn active lifestyle behaviors. This study evaluated the eff e c t i v e- ness of the Camp Breathe Easy pro- gram by measuring asthma knowledge gains of camp participants and rating their overall camp experience. One hun- d red fifty-one children with asthma between the ages of 7 and 13 years who attended a residential pediatric asthma camp program (Camp Breathe Easy) w e re enrolled in the study, and the chil- d ren received information on asthma disease management and education. Camp education hours were 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the camper asthma education sessions were composed of two to four 50-minute sessions sched- uled at various times throughout the camp day. Depending on the age of the c a m p e r, sessions were designed as fun games, reading lessons, and some active participation. Education lessons w e re age appropriate, and the learn i n g objectives were as follows: L e a rning and recognizing signs and symptoms of asthma. Trigger avoidance and enviro n- mental re m e d i a t i o n . Daily medication tre a t m e n t . Inhaler administration. Treatment of exercise induced a s t h m a . Near the end of the camp week,
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36085306 - Continuing Nursing Education Series Evaluating a Residential Asthma Camp Program And Ways to Increase Physical Activity Chanda Nicole

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