Students Bring Attention To Asthma By Using Creativity

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Miriam Garcia of St. Phillip Neri School is enjoying after winning Grand Prize honors during the 2007 Asthma Alliance of Indianapolis poster contest.

Imagine having a billboard with your name and artwork on it, near your home and school. The billboard, contributed by Clear Channel Outdoor, will remain at the corner of 10th and Rural through May 11. 'Asthma Can't Stop Me From Having Fun' was the theme of the winning entry. Along with the billboard, Garcia also received a $100 Savings Bond donated by Indiana Business Bank. Students from St. Phillip Neri School received three of the top four awards in this year's contest. Students from Greenbriar Elementary also won three awards.

Other winners included:

First Place: Erica Bolanes, St. Phillip Neri School

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Second Place: Aubriel Davis, Greenbriar Elementary

Third Place: Jordan Mujica, St. Phillip Neri School

Honorable Mention: Morgan Stovall, Bridgeport Elementary; Sarah McLaughlin and Carlie Waggoner, Greenbriar Elementary

The poster contest is among creative initiatives sponsored by the Alliance to bring community attention to asthma. Asthma is the most common chronic disease-affecting children. Untreated, asthma can lead to decreased physical, mental and emotional development. Improperly treated asthma can impact behavior, school performance and social development.

Celebrating its 10th year, the Asthma Alliance of Indianapolis reaches more than 25,000 local residents annually through a variety of educational programs and services.

The Alliance is comprised of agencies including the Marion County Health Department, Advantage Health Solutions, Inc., American Lung Association of Indian, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Clarian Health Partners, GlaxoSmithKline, Indiana State Department of Health Asthma Program, IU Medical Group-Primary Care, MDWise, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals, PhRMA/RX for Indiana, St. Vincent Children's Hospital Pediatric Asthma Program, Sepracor, Smokefree Indiana and Wishard Health Services. Doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, health educators and those in environmental health also support the Alliance.

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