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Children with asthma take part in the 26th annual Asthma Day Camp

What: Asthma Day Camp

When: July 26 - 28, 2011

Where: Lincoln School, 705 California St., Salinas

Background: Thirty six Salinas-area children are attending Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System's 26th annual Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Day Camp. A photo of this year's class can be downloaded at Asthma Day Camp is for children who will benefit from a positive experience with outdoor physical activity, combined with practical education. The purpose of the Camp is to help raise self-esteem and confidence in young people suffering with asthma. Children learn about asthma, how to avoid "triggers", about mediations, breathing and relaxation exercises, nutrition, when to call a doctor, and much more.

Many of the children who attend this camp have stayed away from physical activity, afraid that it could trigger an attack. Asthma Day Camp teaches children that with some knowledge, they can lead healthy, active lives. Some of the highlights of this year's camp include:

Tuesday, July 26:         9:00-11:30 Education classes (indoors) @ Lincoln School 
                                   12:00-2:00 Corral de Tierra pool at Cuesta Verde and Avenida Principal streets

Wednesday, July 27:     9:15 Leave for Elkhorn Slough for nature hike 
                                    12:00 Back to Lincoln School 
                                    12:30 Maggie Finnegan, Guest alumni, professional opera singer 
                                    1:30-2:30 Sports activities at Lincoln School

Thursday, July 28         9:00-11:00 Education classes (indoors) @ Lincoln School 
                                    11:30 Leave for Corral de Tierra pool 
                                    2:30 Return to Lincoln School 
                                    3:00 FAMILY BBQ/GRADUATION CEREMONY @ Lincoln School

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