Spend Wisely This Holiday, Find Gifts That Are Good Fun and Good For You

December 11, 2008

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With everyone mindful of
budgets and spending this holiday season, now is the perfect time to think
beyond the routine perfume or socks and to give gifts that are not just fun,
but are good for the health too. Finding special gifts for loved ones with
asthma or allergies is easy this year. The asthma and allergy friendly(TM)
Certification Program is helping holiday shoppers all over the U.S. find
products that have been scientifically tested and proven to be more suitable
for people with asthma and allergic sensitivities.

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Currently more than 100 gift items in 11 categories are Certified asthma &
allergy friendly(TM) including bedding, plush toys, dolls, pillows, vacuum
cleaners, washing machines, and more. Certified products are already on the
shelves in more than 20 major retail stores including Wal-Mart, Target, Bed
Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Lowes, Kohl’s, Build-a-Bear Workshop and
Amazon.com, among others. Holiday shoppers should look for the asthma &
allergy friendly(TM) Certification Mark on store shelves and product
packaging, and visit http://www.asthmaandallergyfriendly.com for more

Each certified gift comes with a unique registration code and instructions
to help people keep them in “asthma & allergy friendly” condition. For
example, the certified plush toys come with a tag containing wash and care
instructions. Other certified products such as pillows and encasements come
with special wash and care instructions, as well as other tips.


More than 60 million people in the U.S. have asthma and/or allergies,
making them two of the most common chronic diseases among children and adults.
Prevalence rates for both diseases have doubled in the past 20 years, and
doctors and scientists warn that asthma and allergy triggers are everywhere.

“Symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing
can be triggered by many things around the house,” says Dr. Bob Overholt, a
Board Certified allergist with adult and pediatric patients in Knoxville,
. “Carpets, bedding and plush toys can carry dust mites and other
allergens that are a major problem for asthma and allergy sufferers,” says

For years, allergists have instructed their patients to look for household
products that help to reduce exposure to allergens and irritants, and,
according to Overholt, the asthma care guidelines from the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) make a strong case for such measures. “The NIH guidelines are
clear that household environmental control and avoidance of allergens is
critical for patients,” says Overholt.

Visit http://www.asthmaandallergyfriendly.com for more information.

About AAFA

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is the leading
national nonprofit organization fighting asthma and allergic diseases. AAFA
provides free information, conducts educational programs, fights for patients’
rights, and funds research to find better treatments and cures.

About ASL

Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) is a physician-led global certification
company that prepares independent standards for testing a wide range of
products to determine their suitability for asthmatics and individuals with
associated allergies. ASL’s management team possesses specialist skills in a
variety of medical fields including asthma and other allergic diseases.

SOURCE Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

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