May is Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month.
May is also awareness month for many other important issues, including World Asthma Day, Air Quality Awareness Week, and Mental Health Awareness Month.
Mental health and asthma are two serious chronic conditions in Utah. The new Utah Asthma Program Asthma and Mental Health Report shows the interdependence of asthma and mental health.
Having both depression and asthma can worsen health more than either condition alone. Conversely, addressing mental illness in those with asthma will lead not only to better asthma outcomes but also to better mental health outcomes.
Learn more about this issue and other asthma research on the Data and Evaluation Reports page.
Summer in Utah has arrived, bringing warm sunny days, hikes, and other outdoor enjoyments. At this time, allergies and air quality can become a health concern for many Utahns, especially children and those with asthma.
These resources can help you protect your health during allergy and ozone seasons:
The air quality index (AQI) gives information on current and forecasted air quality conditions. The AQI will help you understand what your local air quality conditions are and what that means for your health. Click here for current AQI conditions in Utah.
For more information on air pollution in Utah, visit health.utah.gov/utahair
The Utah Departments of Health and Environmental Quality have developed recommendations for outdoor physical activity in the summertime to avoid unhealthy exposure to summertime ozone. Check out the Utah Asthma Program's Summer Pollution page by clicking here.