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.
|Children Under 18:||65,500|
|Adults 65 & Over||51,333|
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.