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Your Healthy Family: Warm Denver pool helps kids with asthma

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A unique school in Denver is working to help kids with severe asthma breathe a little easier. A unique school in Denver is working to help kids with severe asthma breathe a little easier.
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A unique school in Denver is working to help kids with severe asthma breathe a little easier.  Swimming offers 11 year old Kristian Jackson a welcome reprieve from severe asthma flare-ups.

Kristian says when the asthma kicks in, "It feels tight, like everything's kind of blacking out, because it feels like I'm going to faint or something."

The water temperature in the pool is kept around 90 degrees, creating warm humid air in the pool area, that is much different than the dry, cold air outside.  

Kristian's doctors at National Jewish Health say, the humidity is key for improving lung function for those with asthma.  Dr. Tod Olin says, "We know that the kids with asthma are less likely to trigger their asthma attacks if they're in a really humid environment."

Kristian says he can tell the difference in his lungs, "It feels like it strengthens them. It really strengthens my muscles and it's also really fun."

It's not all fun for Kristian because the pool is actually part of his school, Morgridge Academy where all the students have a serious chronic illness, like asthma.

Jennifer McCullough with Morgridge Academy says, :”When you get them into that pool with that warm air, and teach them how to regulate their breathing, they can do a lot more with physical activity than they would be able to do otherwise."

Kristian's teachers say he has made tremendous progress at the academy both academically and physically.

Students at Morgridge Academy also take medical classes to better educate them and their families about the illnesses they are battling.

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