The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2012 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

PROMOTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR CHILDREN WITH MODERATE PERSISTENT ASTHMA CAN REDUCE ASTHMATIC SYMPTOMS AND OBESITY.

Michael S. Haines1,2, Danny Kim2; 1Respiratory, Platt College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA; 2California State University Fullerton, Department of Health Science, California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

Abstract: Children with moderate persistent asthma are often reluctant to engage in physical activity and as a result are more prone to obesity and increased incidence of asthma related problems later in life. The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a program to enhance physical activity among elementary aged children with moderate persistent asthma. The hypothesis was that with increased physical activity, asthma related symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath would decline while decreasing the risk of obesity later in life. A quantitative, non-experimental, non-randomized longitudinal design was used to evaluate a pilot program that emphasized physical activity accompanied by asthma management skills. A six week program consisting of two hour sessions per week was implemented. This pilot asthma program was evaluated by comparing asthma symptoms and physical activities partook pre- and post-program in conjunction with quantitative measurements of forced vital capacity (FVC) volume completed on the first and last day of the program. This program that emphasized physical activity significantly improved asthma control among all participants, increased physical activities partaken, and increased the average FVC volume from 1.93 ± 0.30 liters to 2.74 ± 0.37 liters, indicating improved lung conditions. In addition, the participants became more willing to partake in future physical activities, which indicate a significant positive change in their perspectives toward physical exercise. This study shows that enhanced physical activity for children with moderate persistent asthma can reduce asthmatic symptoms and risk for obesity later in life. Sponsored Research - None Pre- and Post-Program Asthma Symptoms * p-value < 0.001