Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

155 Shares
155 Shares
May

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month – May 2023

Extend your support and increase your awareness about asthma in National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, which is observed every May. This month, people with asthma and organizations dedicated to this cause join together to create awareness and better the lives of all those living with this condition.

History of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a leading nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and reducing deaths due to this condition, declared May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

Why May, you ask? This is usually the peak season for asthma flare-ups and, therefore, is the perfect time to educate the public about the debilitating effects of this condition as many are unaware of the harm it can cause. During this month, various organizations dedicated to this cause — the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), and others — drive public awareness campaigns in the form of conferences, meetings, walks, runs, and other activities. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, usually designates the first few days, or the days leading up to the month, to raising knowledge about air quality in our environment, since bad air quality and pollution are some of the common triggers of asthma. This awareness campaign is also intended to discuss ways to improve air quality in the U.S. and abroad.

GINA also dedicates a special day (usually the first Tuesday in May), World Asthma Day, to raising awareness and organizing local events centered around asthma. They also release a report, which ranks the top 100 U.S. cities that are challenging for people with asthma to live in. Each year, GINA designates a special theme to celebrate this day.

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month timeline

1984
The Month is Chosen

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) designates May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.

1989
New Initiatives

The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) program is initiated in conjunction with the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about asthma.

1998
World Asthma Day

The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) names the first Tuesday of May as World Asthma Day.

May 2007
Another Special Event

Members of the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED) petitions to have the third week of May declared as National Eosinophil Awareness Week (NEAW).

2013
Run to Raise Awareness

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) starts hosting a yearly 5K run/walk to raise funds for and awareness around ashtma.

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month FAQs

What is the color for asthma awareness?

The color gray is used to represent asthma awareness. To show your support during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, you can tie a gray ribbon around your arm and make sure to encourage everyone you come in contact with to do the same.

How do you raise awareness for asthma?

You can attend the various events, meetings, charity runs, etc. taking place during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and read up on data shared by health authorities.

What causes asthma?

Asthma triggers include airborne allergens like pollen, dust mites, etc., and respiratory infections such as the common cold, excess physical activity, and cold air.

How to Observe National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

  1. Volunteer at local events

    You can volunteer with organizations like the AAFA, the AAAAI, and Food Allergy Research Education to show your support. These organizations accept volunteers for various tasks like sorting mail, doing research, and more.

  2. Partner with organizations

    Healthcare professionals, researchers, and others in this field can also partner with multiple organizations to provide funds, raise awareness, and volunteer their expert services.

  3. Post on social media

    If you are unable to visit such events or volunteer, you can do your part by posting about the cause on social media and connecting with others who are passionate about it — Facebook groups like the AAFA Facebook, Kids With Food Allergies Facebook, Asthma Support Group, Mommies of Kids With Asthma, Allergy Moms, Food Allergy Treatment Talk are a good place to start.

Facts About National Asthma And Allergy Awareness Month

  1. It occurs everywhere

    Asthma affects people in all countries, regardless of the level of development.

  2. Asthma is one of the major non-communicable diseases

    It affects more than 230 million people across the globe and is the most chronic disease among children.

  3. This disease is often overlooked

    Many times, asthma is under-diagnosed and under-treated — people pass it off as a simple breathing problem.

  4. Asthma treatment is expensive for the country

    Each year, asthma costs the U.S. more than $50 billion in healthcare expenses.

  5. Kids miss out on school days

    Statistics show this illness is responsible for a total of more than 10 million absences a year in the U.S.

  6. Gender plays a role in asthma occurrences

    AAFA studies show that, in children, asthma affects more boys than it does girls.

Why National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is Important

  1. It helps raise awareness about this chronic illness

    With a substantial segment of the population being affected by this disease, asthma is not to be taken lightly. This month, including each event and activity organized around it, helps create greater cognizance about asthma among the public.

  2. It helps manage asthma

    The campaigns that run during this month remind all those afflicted with this condition about the best safety measures and tips to keep themselves healthy. The drives, funding, events, etc., serve as a reminder that while asthma can be difficult to deal with, there are various ways to manage this condition.

  3. It contributes to the solution

    Each event offers ample opportunity for everyone to get involved and raise asthma awareness. You can contribute to causes that aim to increase awareness and improve health outcomes and the quality of life of those living with asthma.

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month dates

YearDateDay
2023May 1Monday
2024May 1Wednesday
2025May 1Thursday
2026May 1Friday
2027May 1Saturday
Deaf Awareness Week
Dog Anxiety Awareness Week
Hurricane Preparedness Week
Lawyer Well-Being Week
National Auctioneers Week
National Physical Education and Sport Week
Screen Free Week
Beltane
Calan Mai
Couple Appreciation Day
CSS Reboot Day
Early May Bank Holiday
Executive Coaching Day
Frequent Flyer Day
Global Love Day
Great Lakes Awareness Day
International Doodle Dog Day
International Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Day
Labour and Agriculture Day
Learn to Ride a Bike Day
Lei Day
Marshall Islands Constitution Day
May Day
Melanoma Monday
National Black Barber Shop Appreciation Day
National Blessing Day
National Chocolate Parfait Day
National Infertility Survival Day
National Loyalty Day
National Mantra Day
National Mother Goose Day
National Open Farm Day
National Purebred Dog Day
National Rotate Your Beer Day
New Home Owners Day
Philippines Labor Day
Phone in Sick Day
Save The Rhino Day
School Principals' Day
Silver Star Service Banner Day
Therapeutic Massage Awareness Day
Worthy Wage Day
ALS Awareness Month
American Cheese Month
American Wetlands Month
Arthritis Awareness Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Awareness of Medical Orphans Month
Be Kind to Animals Month
Bealtaine Festival
Better Sleep Month
Better Speech and Hearing Month
Bladder Cancer Awareness Month
Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month
Brain Cancer Awareness Month
Building Safety Month
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Chip Your Pet Month
Clean Air Month
Correct Posture Month
Creative Beginnings Month
Date Your Mate Month
Deck Safety Month
EDS Awareness Month
Electromagnetic Radiation Awareness Month
Family Wellness Month
Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month
Food Allergy Action Month
Fungal Infection Awareness Month
Gardening for Wildlife Month
Get Caught Reading Month
Gifts From The Garden Month
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
Haitian Heritage Month
Heal the Children Month
Healthy Vision Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month
Homeschool Awareness Month
Huntington's Disease Awareness Month
Indian Heritage Month
International Business Image Improvement Month
International Civility Awareness Month
International Drum Month
International Internal Audit Awareness Month
International Respect for Chickens Month
International Victorious Woman Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
Labor History Month
Latino Books Month
Leaders of Tomorrow Month
Lettuce Month
Local and Community History Month
Lung Health Awareness Month
Lupus Awareness Month
Make May Purple /Action On Stroke Month
Maternal Mental Health Month
May Measurement Month
MCS Awareness Month
Melanoma / Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
Military Appreciation Month
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month
National Anxiety Month
National Asparagus Month
National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
National Barbecue Month
National Bicycle Safety Month
National Blood Pressure Month
National Chocolate Custard Month
National Comfort Month
National Community Action Month
National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
National Digestive Diseases Awareness Month
National Duckling Month
National Egg Month
National Foster Care Month
National Hamburger Month
National Heritage Month
National Inventors Month
National Lyme Disease Awareness Month
National Meditation Month
National Mediterranean Diet Month
National Moving Month
National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
National Pet Month
National Photo Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Physiotherapy Month
National Preservation Month
National Prom Graduation Safety Month
National Recommitment Month
National Salad Month
National Salsa Month
National San Architect Month
National Service Dog Eye Examination Month
National Share a Story Month
National Show Your Smile Month
National Sight-Saving Month
National Strawberry Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
National Teen Self-Esteem Month
National Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month
National Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month
National Vinegar Month
National Walking Month
National Youth Traffic Safety Month
Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Month
Neurofibromatosis Month
Older Americans Month
Personal History Awareness Month
Pet Sitter Safety Month
REACT Month
Responsible Animal Guardian Month
Revise Your Work Schedule Month
Small Business Month
Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
Steelmark Month
Strike Out Strokes Month
Syringomyelia Awareness Month
Teen CEO Month
Tennis Month
Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month
Ultraviolet Awareness Month
Women's Health Care Month
Zombie Awareness Month

Want to sponsor this holiday?

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.