Friday Link – AAFA’s 2009 Asthma Capitals
If you follow me on Twitter, you already know why I have just one link today:
Most of you have already known I’m moving for awhile now, but only in the far-off, “someday” sense. If you’re new to Asthma Mom, here’s the short version: since last August, I’ve been one of many, many people trying to offload a house to buyers or renters so I can head to Denver.
But this week, finally, someone signed a leasing agreement on my house. Since they have to move in quickly, I’m leaving Florida for Colorado as soon as February 9 (!), the Monday after the Asthma Mom/Asthma Girl birthday weekend. My birthday will prove a happy one despite the frenzy of packing and planning, I’m sure, because all I wanted this year was a moving date.
Well, that and a good job in Colorado, but first things first.
Blogging will be spotty at the very least. I’ve moved so many times that I pack very fast, but who knows how much time I’ll have in the next two weeks as I close up my house, throw AG’s 10th birthday party, and then drive halfway across the United States? You may still find the regular features next week, or you might see some favorite older posts up on the front page again.
I’ve toyed with the idea of guest posting, too. So if you’re burning to write something, think posting on this blog may drive some new traffic to your own, or just feel sorry for me, shoot me an email. My own posts wander from topics like asthma research and air quality/environmental news to parenting in general and my own Asthma Kid in particular. Any topic within that wide realm is fair game.
Today, I’ve got the AAFA’s 2009 Asthma Capitals for you. The top 10 most challenging places to live with asthma:
1. St. Louis, MO
2. Milwaukee, WI
3. Birmingham, AL
4. Chattanooga, TN
5. Charlotte, NC
6. Memphis, TN
7. Knoxville, TN
8. McAllen, TX
9. Atlanta, GA
10. Little Rock, AR
These are some of the usual culprits. Knoxville’s always seems to make the top 10, and Atlanta and central North Carolina are pretty much at home there, too. We’ve got a new #1 city, though. What’s going on in St. Louis? Anyone with more time than me know?
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America considers factors like city air quality, pollen counts, public smoking laws, and even inhaler access legislation when crafting the list. You can read more about the methodology here.
If you’re lucky enough not to live in one of the top 10 cities, check out the more detailed 2009 Asthma Capitals pdf to see if you live in one of the top 100.
As for the Asthma Mom readers in Colorado, I’ll see you in two weeks.