Yummy Spoonfuls at The Enlightenment Luncheon series.

The Enlightenment Luncheon series, sponsored by Emory University, Stephanie Blank, Lisa Tush and Laura Turner Seydel, brings current and important information and speakers to a concerned public. The focus of the lunch series is environmental factors on health, development, and disease. Previous speakers include Ken Cook, founder of the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org), and Dr. Phil Landrigan, pediatrician and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and National Children’s Study lead researcher (www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov). The first two sold-out luncheons attracted a crowd of Atlanta influentials, media, businesspeople and legislators.

ATLANTA – Dr. Anne Fitzpatrick, Director of Emory Severe Asthma Research Program, will share expertise and research on the health and economic impact asthma has on Georgia’s citizens at the Enlightenment Lunch Series, Tuesday, April 20, at the newly opened Loews Atlanta hotel in Midtown. Registration begins at 11 am and the program is from noon – 2 pm. Following the featured presentation, Rachel Gutter, Director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, Rebecca Watts Hull, Director of Mothers & Others for Clean Air, and Ann-Marie Brooks, Georgia Pediatric Pulmonary Associates and Medical Director of Children’s Asthma Center at Hughes Spalding, will join Dr. Fitzpatrick for a panel discussion on steps Georgians can take to minimize and manage this common and costly disease, whose prevalence caused the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to rank Atlanta one of 10 “Asthma Capitals” in the nation. This event is sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University and co-chairs Stephanie Blank, Lisa Rayner Tush and Laura Turner Seydel. Serving as emcee and moderator for this event is Karyn Greer, Anchor/Reporter for WXIA-TV/WATL-TV in Atlanta.

The presentation and panel will present and discuss the facts on asthma, the most common chronic lung disease of childhood:

Asthma in Georgia by the Numbers:

  • More than 100,000 (10%) of children ages 0 – 10 have asthma
  • Approximately 56,000 (15%) of middle school students have asthma
  • Approximately 70,000 (16%) high school students have asthma
  • Approximately 480,000 (7%) adults have asthma
  • Last year, 62% of children with asthma experienced an attack and 19% went to the ER
  • Last year, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta managed 170,288 ER visits for asthma and 24,037 hospitalizations

Bad for Your Health; Bad for Your Wallet: The Cost of Asthma:

  • Over 20 million children and adults in the US live with asthma, making it one of the most common and most costly diseases with an annual cost estimated near $19 billion.
  • In Georgia, there are more than 47,000 ER visits per year with asthma as primary diagnosis, and ER charges are approximately $35 million.
  • In Georgia, there are more than 11,000 hospitalizations per year with asthma as the primary diagnosis, and hospital charges total more than $107 million.

Don’t Move, Improve: What Atlantans Can Do to Breathe Easier:

  • With appropriate clinical management including a written management plan, comprehensive pharmacologic therapy, environmental modifications, and avoidance of allergens and other triggers asthma can be controlled, people with asthma in Georgia can lead normal lives.
  • “Green” schools can improve indoor air quality and reduce the instance of asthma and other respiratory illnesses.


Agatha Achindu & Laura Turner Seydel at the 2nd Enlightenment Lunch in February.


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