Kids Count spotlights local issues affecting the health, well-being and quality of life of our Valley’s children. The weekly series will raise awareness of issues related to young children, providing reliable, balanced information that encourages viewers to think, feel and make informed decisions on behalf of their children and the children of the future. Kids Count is produced by ValleyPBS and made possible by a funding partnership between the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, First 5 Fresno County, Fresno County Office of Education, and United Health Centers.
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It’s been great from Modesto City Schools. I think one of the things that was great was working with these asthma coalitions. So it definitely gave us a little push and made it more of I think, just more positive feedback from schools knowing that someone within their county is reaching out to them and trying to provide them with all of these materials for our air quality.
~ Audrey Martinez , Central California Asthma Collaborative
Children are really susceptible to some of the effects of bad air quality. Specifically we can have kids develop asthma from prolonged exposure to air that is less than optimum. And of course it impacts overall health. We may see kids who have more asthma attacks, or just difficulty breathing, coughing. It can also impact their cardiac health in the long run.
~ Aurora Licudine, Chair School Nurses Modesto City Schools
It’s nice to be able to check and see what the air quality is and make necessary modifications at that moment in time instead of later on finding out that we shouldn’t have been doing a specific activity because the air quality was bad. So it’s great knowing that our physical educators are out there providing physical activities that are safe for our students at the right time.
~ Jaime brown, Physical Ed. Program Dir., Sanger Unified