Childhood Asthma: Newest Be Smart. Be Well.® Topic

October 25, 2010

About 7 million children in the United States have asthma, and more than 4 million had an asthma attack last year. It causes more than 700,000 emergency room visits each year, according to the American Lung Association.

The Be Smart. Be Well. website now includes a section on asthma in children to help pediatric patients and their caregivers manage asthma. This may help reduce the time spent in emergency rooms or sidelined by symptoms. BCBSOK encourages you to inform your patients about this new section on

The site features videotaped, personal stories that can help your patients and their families realize they are not alone in dealing with asthma. They will learn to recognize asthma symptoms, knowing how to use medication properly, and tips to help make the home and school asthma-friendly, along with links and information about specialized organizations that can help.

Additional topics on the Be Smart. Be Well. website include:

  • Managing Pregnancy Risks
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Caregiving
  • Mental Health
  • Drug Safety
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • Domestic Violence

Thank you for helping our members take a more active role in matters concerning their health and well-being!

About Be Smart. Be Well.

Be Smart. Be Well. is a free resource available to BCBSOK members as well as the general public. The goal of the site is simple: To help all of us stay healthier and safer through increased awareness and simple-to-use knowledge.