What is Asthma?

  • Asthma is a lung disease that makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs.
  • Asthma is chronic, meaning you live with it every day.
  • Asthma can be serious, even life threatening.
  • There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed so you live a normal, healthy life.
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Kickin' Asthma
The McLean County Health Department now offers Kickin' Asthma, an evidence-based program, to youth with asthma and their families. Kickin' Asthma was designed by the American Lung Association of California as a school-based curriculum that addresses the needs of children ages 11 to 16 with asthma. The program, consisting of four sessions each lasting 45 minutes, promotes individual responsibility, self-management and early action among adolescents.

Contact Gemille Purnell at (309) 888-5954 or to find out when the next Kickin' Asthma program will be held.  

Education for Residents with Asthma

The McLean County Health Department has a variety of educational resources available to residents interested in learning more about managing asthma. Resources include, educational coloring books, resource guide for coaches who have athletes with asthma, informational posters detailing actions to take if someone around you is having an asthma attack, and more.

If interested contact Gemille Purnell at (309) 888-5954 or


Asthma Resources:

Download an Asthma Action Plan- As a resource for parents and guardians of school-aged children, all children diagnosed with asthma are encouraged to have an action plan in place that describes the steps to take if they begin to experience symptoms. 


KidsHealth is a trusted asthma resource with different sections for parents, for teens, for kids, and for educators. 


The American Lung Association provides information about asthma symptoms, how to create asthma-friendly environments, and how to take control of your asthma. 

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation provides practical information, community based services and support to people through a network of regional chapters, support groups, and other local partners around the U.S.