About Course #N1862
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Expiration Date: December 31, 2020
2 Contact hours Asthma and obesity, together and separately, are public health conditions with increasing prevalence. Their exact relationship, however, is not clear: Does asthma lead to obesity? Does obesity lead to asthma? Numerous studies have linked these two disorders, specifically showing that obesity is a risk factor for asthma. This course will provide an overview of how research demonstrates that the higher an individual's body mass index (BMI), the higher the risk for developing asthma. Studies also show that as the weight or obesity of the person increases, so does the severity of his or her asthma. Then there are other studies that have shown that children with asthma are more likely to become obese. Regardless, asthma associated with - obesity often is more difficult to control and less likely to respond to traditional asthma therapy.
This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with, course #N1787 - Asthma Management in Children and Adults, 2nd Edition.
About the Author(s)
Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP, is an Assistant Professor in the Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University. She received her PhD from the Decker School of Nursing, with her dissertation focusing on asthma management of school nurses. Dr. Quaranta's research focus is on barriers and facilitators for asthma management. As a Train the Trainer for the American Lung Association's Open Airways for Schools curriculum, she has worked collaboratively with the Broome County Health Department, the Asthma Coalition of the Southern Tier, United Health Services Hospital, and the local American Lung Association to implement this program in local schools. Through integration of Open Airways into course content, undergraduate nursing students teach the program, allowing for sustainability of Open Airways and providing access to asthma self-management education. Dr. Quaranta has been a pediatric nurse since 1979, received her certification in pediatric nursing in 1995, and earned her asthma educator certification in 2009. In April 2017, she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice of Nursing as a Distinguished Fellow for her work with asthma, with a focus on the interprofessional collaboration.
Dr. Quaranta has received Individual Development Awards from Binghamton University, as well as a Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence Award to further her research in asthma. She has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of asthma and self-management. Dr. Quaranta has also authored manuscripts for numerous journals including the Journal of School Nursing, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Online Journal of Rural Nursing, Journal of Family Social Work, and Journal of Interprofessional Care, as well as authored chapters in textbooks on research and community and public health.
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