Friday, June 3, 2011

Build Smart, Breathe Easier

According to the reliable report, there are 11 people in the United States die from asthma every day. Asthma is chronic lung diseases that inflame and narrow the airways. Asthma affects people of all ages, but usually it starts during childhood. I have read that young boys are more likely to develop asthma than young girls. However, do you know that Carpenter Carter Oosterhouse from HGTV Personality, Habitat for Humanity and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America join Merck to Launch Build Smart, Breathe Easier? Merck objective is to educate the families on how to manage the disease and to help people with asthma by highlighting the importance of maintaining an “asthma-healthy home”.

HGTV Personality and Carpenter Carter Oosterhouse, Habitat for Humanity and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America join Merck to Launch Build Smart, Breathe Easier

Almost all asthma sufferers have allergies. Common sources of indoor allergens include dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander, mold, strong fumes or odors and fungi. It is possible that the push towards energy-efficient homes have increased exposure to these causes of asthma. That is why Merck launched Build Smart, Breath Easier campaign. Merck has joined with Habitat for Humanity, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and HGTV personality and carpenter Carter Oosterhouse to build four houses with asthma-healthy features in partnership with low-income families affected by the disease in Metro Atlanta (North Central Georgia), Detroit, Greater Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Carter Oosterhouse said, “A house built with materials that are easy to clean and less likely to contain irritants, such as hard-surface floors or non-toxic paint, may have a positive impact on a family, especially one dealing with asthma,”. Carter Oosterhouse and the Habitat for Humanity are both excited for being part of this program for it would certainly help the families with asthmas to build sustainable homes with asthma-friendly features in partnership with low-income families.