Hispanic children are 40 percent more likely to die from asthma when compared to non-Hispanic white children, says The Office of Minority Health. This startling statistic is one reason why the new Spanish-language animated series Huff & Puff: An Asthma Tale is an important tool for medical providers and families around the country.
The 7-episode series from Health Nuts Media will now have greater reach within the 3.6 million Hispanic asthma sufferers in the United States. Children in Spanish-speaking households will be able to follow the adventures of “Grande”- the Big Bad Wolf -who huffs and puffs and then has an asthma attack.
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“Rates of asthma are on the rise among children, especially Latino kids across the United States,” said in a statement Gregg Alexander, Chief Medical Officer, Health Nuts Media. “If we can make learning about asthma fun, we can reach that many more families with the information they need to take better control of their health.”
Taking control of asthma can be difficult, and for millions of Hispanics who struggle with the disease, the respiratory ailment can be complicated by factors such as air pollution, dust and second-hand tobacco smoke. The health repercussions of carbon pollution, one of the main contributors to air pollution and smog, were recently addressed by a panel of Hispanic medical professionals at the White House.
“Almost half of Latinos – more than any other constituency in America – live in the areas of the country where the very act of breathing can be dangerous to your health,” said Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club in a statement. “Asthma is already considered an epidemic among kids of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, and exposure to smog, a known trigger of asthma attacks, affects these children with particular intensity.”
Educating Latino families about the dangers of asthma is an important step toward controlling the condition; however, this necessary part of public asthma management is often missing in the minority population due to cultural stigmas, poverty and language barriers.
While Health Nuts Media can’t address all of the issues hindering Latino children with asthma, the company understands the value of communicating about disease in both English and Spanish formats. According to the United States Census Bureau, over 60 percent of Hispanics speak Spanish when at home.
“This educational series is a powerful tool for the management of pediatric asthma,” said Daniel McAllister, MD, Director of Inpatient Pediatrics at McClain Children’s Hospital Scott & White. “As a major hospital network in Central Texas, Scott & White understands the importance of Spanish-language health education. Making it easy to understand, and fun to learn only improves the chances that children and their families will be able to better control their asthma.”