Asthma-awareness film series now available in Spanish
Already a popular group in raising asthma awareness among the English-speaking community, Health Nuts Media, a company that produces informational videos for children, has released a Spanish language version of their animated series Huff and Puff: An Asthma Tale.
The Emmy-nominated producers and animators at Health Nuts Media have teamed up with doctors and healthcare professionals since 2010 to make programs that can be used to educate children on health issues in a format that is easily digestible.
Recent findings by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have shown that the percentage of Latino children who suffer from asthma is more than double that of white children, making the need for education amongst the Latino community a necessity.
"Rates of asthma are on the rise among children, especially Latino kids across the United States. If we can make learning about asthma fun, we can reach that many more families with the information they need to take better control of their health," said Gregg Alexander, Chief Medical Officer for Health Nuts Media, in a news release.
A study conducted by Columbia University found that urban environments produce more symptoms of asthma in children, especially in minorities and children in lower income areas with high levels of air pollution.
The first film, dubbed "Soplar & Rabiar: Un Cuento de Asma," is a take on the traditional "Three Little Pigs" story, with the Big Bad Wolf huffing and puffing before suffering an asthma attack.
Tools like this video can help educate children about living with asthma and allergy symptoms. However, actively maintaining a healthy environment takes more than just awareness and medication. Moderating humidity levels in the home using a dehumidifier and removing triggers from the environment using a HEPA air filtration unit can make living with asthma much easier for children affected with the chronic disease.