Fight Asthma Now
Fight Asthma Now® (FAN) is a free asthma management program offered for children and teens. Through FAN programs, our asthma educators use engaging and active lesson plans to give children the tools and knowledge they need to identify and avoid triggers, manage asthma episodes and control asthma on a long-term basis. FAN programs are offered for youth and for teens.
FAN for Youth is intended for children in third through sixth grades. The program is broken into three 60-minute sessions or four 45-minute sessions, and the structure of the program allows us to teach at the children's learning pace. This program requires a minimum of eight participants.
FAN for Teens is intended for teens in seventh through 12th grades. The program is catered to a teen audience and helps teens to understand how to make health a priority despite social pressures, such as the pressure to smoke. The program is typically taught in four 45-minute sessions or three 60 minute sessions. For teens in 11th and 12th grades, we include activities that prepare them to care for their asthma as they transition to living away from home. This program requires a minimum of eight participants.
FAN validation study
A study validating the effectiveness of the FAN program was published in the October 2011 issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Led by Dr. Giselle Mosnaim, the team aimed to assess the impact of the FAN educational program among predominantly low-income minority students: youth (3rd-6th graders) and teens (7th-8th graders). Results of the study suggest that FAN significantly increases asthma knowledge and the technique for using a spacer, both of which are essential to managing one's asthma.
For more information or to bring FAN educators to your school, contact Amy O'Rourke: