Asthma in the Roanoke Valley

The Greater Roanoke Valley is no exception to the increasing rate of asthma among adults and adolescents in Virginia. As displayed in the table below, currently 5,600 children and 21,366 adults suffer from asthma in Roanoke. The table also shows the groups that are at risk for asthma due to poor air quality. 65,000 children under 18 are at risk for health complications, as well as 51,333 adults whom are 65 years and older.

Total Population: 308,861
Pediatric Asthma: 5,600
Adult Asthma: 21,366
COPD: 16,279
Cardiovascular Disease: 89,900
Diabetes: 28,241
Children Under 18: 65,500
Adults 65 & Over 51,333
Poverty Estimate: 38,639

Table provided by the American Lung Association .

There are many ways we can alleviate asthma symptoms in the Greater Roanoke Valley and help local residents with asthma live healthy, normal lives. The first step we can take as a community is to help provide cleaner air.  Visit the Save-a-Ton website to see how you can reduce carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions at home and in your everyday activities. The Save-a-Ton website provides local energy saving calculators, specifically designed for the Roanoke area. As displayed below, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, when the Air Quality Index is between 0 to 50, that is considered to be “good”. The Air Quality Index of Roanoke often falls between 0 to 50 but we can help ensure that the index moves closer to 0 by changing certain aspects of our daily lives. If you want to view Roanoke’s recent Air Quality Index visit the Weather Bug.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Values Levels of Health Concern Colors
When the AQI is in this range: …air quality conditions are: …as symbolized by this color:
0 to 50 Good Green
51 to 100 Moderate Yellow
151 to 200 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Orange
151 to 200 Unhealthy Red
201 to 300 Very Unhealthy Purple
301 to 500 Hazardous Maroon

Table provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.


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