Health alert: Camp Catch Your Breath

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Asthma is a serious disease causing wheezing, difficulty breathing, and coughing. The result can be permanent lung damage unless early intervention is sought. Camp Catch Your Breath has been instrumental in helping to make a difference in the lives of children with asthma.

Joining us tonight is Curt Rockhead, documentation improvement specialist and assistant director of Camp Catch Your Breath (CCYB) at United Hospital Center.

1). Tonight, I would like to focus on Camp Catch Your Breath (CCYB), tell us more about this special camp that is celebrating its 29th year?

A: CCYB, an annual asthma camp for children, is held at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston, West Virginia. This year’s camp will run from July 21 to 26. CCYB provides a fun and educational experience for children who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend a camp. Campers will be supervised by staff from participating hospitals. A physician will be present with medical support that will be readily available.

During camp the children will learn by sharing their experiences, making decisions about their conditions, and expressing their feelings about having asthma. In addition to the educational component, children will participate in games, sports, swimming, and crafts.

However, the special nature of the camp means a focus on education for both the campers and their parents. Parents frequently tell us that the knowledge gained at camp makes a difference in the quality of their children’s lives.

2). Tell us more about what children will learn about themselves while at camp?

A: Absolutely, the take away for kids from camp are:
· increased knowledge about asthma
· enhanced self-esteem
· improved self-management skills
· improved mental, physical, and social well-being

3). So how does a parent of a child with asthma get more information to register for camp?

A: Parents can visit the CCYB website at http://asthmacamp.uhcwv.org .

They can also complete the registration process, by going online at http://app.campdoc.com/register/ccyb .

Parents will be able to complete the registration process completely online using this quick and user friendly website. This site will also allow the parent to complete a detailed health profile to identify the specific health needs and concerns for each camper. The application deadline is July 15. Attendance is limited to 70 children, so please register as soon as possible.

If you have any additional questions please call 681-342-1560.