Sometimes it’s the little things that mean a lot. If you turn off your car while waiting in line at a drive-thru, or while waiting to pick up your child at school, you could help reduce the number of asthma attacks in the city.
That’s just part of the message from AIR Louisville, a grant-funded program that is measuring data from individuals with asthma to help pinpoint areas with the most severe air-quality issues.
“This will help city officials make decisions about how to clean up the air,” Veronica Combs, vice president for partners and programs at the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “If you can clean up the air a little bit, it can affect asthma sufferers throughout Jefferson County.”
It’s especially important in Louisville, where 13 percent of the population suffers from asthma, higher than national average of 8 percent. And Louisville has been ranked as high as #1 in studies of metropolitan areas based on the number of allergy sufferers.
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