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Bert's Blog™ features anything and everything to do with what is more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. The blog also presents information for manufacturers aiming to provide products and services for those patients with asthma and allergic diseases.

Bert takes the science of certification and talks about it with you so that all can better understand what it means to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. He will also discuss tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more.

Bert's Blog™ will occasionally feature guest bloggers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) who will talk about manufacturer tips, new Certification Standards, and industry news.

Awareness of the Certification Program increased with physicians & allergists at this years’ ACAAI meeting

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The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program hosted an exhibition booth at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, organized by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), which drew 1500 allergists, immunologists, and related health professionals. 2017 marked ACAAI’s 75 years anniversary, at the Hynes Convention Centre in Boston, MA.

For the occasion, the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program had a significant presence and showcased some of our certified products such as Kids Preferred toy stuffed animals and Wellspun home bedding. Physicians heard cutting-edge research from around the globe and access to the newest treatments and technologies from on food allergy and atopic dermatitis to in-depth practice management sessions, the College covered all the topics required for a veteran allergist to a Fellow-in-Training.

It was an incredible opportunity for the Certification Program and its clients like Rabbit Air, Dyson and National Allergy to exhibit to the physicians attending the Annual Meeting the asthma & allergy friendly® Certified Products. When physicians see the Certification Mark on the products they know each product was subject to rigorous and relevant testing and have been scientifically demonstrated to be more suitable for families with asthma or allergies. 

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You Spend One-Third of Your Life in Your Bedroom

Better air quality in your home, office, school and car can reduce allergy and asthma triggers. But since you spend one-third of your life in your bedroom, it makes sense to focus your cleaning efforts there first.

Take these steps to help control your indoor environment and reduce your exposure to allergens in your bedroom:

  1. Use Certified asthma & allergy friendly® allergen barrier bedding.
  2. Wash sheets once a week in 130°F water.
  3. Never allow pets on your bed.
  4. Never allow wet or moist clothing to pile up.
  5. Use a Certified asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner.
  6. Keep pets out of your bedroom.
  7. Replace mattresses every 10 years and pillows every 2 years.
  8. Vacuum floors and mattresses weekly.

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Learn more about indoor allergy control to better manage your asthma and allergies.
 
The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program is an independent program administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international standards body Allergy Standards Limited (ASL). The program offers an app to help empower consumers to make informed purchasing decisions when choosing allergen-avoidance products.

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Share How You #TackleAsthma and #TackleAllergies and You Could Win!

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As part of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, we are co-hosting a photo contest May 1-31. Post your photos showing us how you overcome asthma and allergies. Your photo will be featured on AAFA’s TackleAsthma.org website. You could win a “healthier home” package of asthma & allergy friendly® Certified products.

How Can I Participate?

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What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor air pollution can pose a health risk, especially for people with asthma and allergies. Your home may have small particles in the air or damaging gases such as carbon monoxide.

What causes indoor air pollution?

  • Tobacco smoke.
  • Mold. It grows in places where there is moisture, such as the kitchen, bathroom and basement. It can grow on window sills and even in walls, ceilings or carpet.
  • Dust mites and cockroach allergens, which come from different parts of the cockroach.
  • Fumes from burning oil, coal or wood.
  • Fumes called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Certain products like new kitchen cabinets, newly finished floors, new carpet and paints can give off VOCs.
  • Radon — a naturally occurring gas you can't see or smell. It can seep inside from the soil or rock under your home.
  • Carbon monoxide — another gas you can't see or smell - from furnaces, stoves and fireplaces that are not vented to the outdoors or not vented correctly.
  • Pollen, pet dander and outdoor air pollution can enter the home through open windows and doors.

What can you do to improve indoor air quality?

  • Make sure your home has adequate air flow.
  • Remove sources of moisture.
  • Keep your windows and doors closed during high pollen times.
  • Reduce clutter in your home.
  • Use products that are Certified asthma & allergy friendly™
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It's Time to Think About Air Cleaners, Filters and Purifiers

It's Time to Think About Air Cleaners, Filters and Purifiers

With summer coming to a close, it means it is time to start preparing for fall allergies. Because we spend more time indoors in the fall and winter, we need to improve the indoor air quality of our homes, places of work and school.

Dust mites, mold, and other things in indoor air can make asthma and allergy symptoms worse. Air filters in central heating and air-conditioning ducts in your home or in portable room air cleaners help remove these indoor pollutants. 

Can air filters or air cleaners alone improve indoor air?

 No, but Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ air cleaners and filters can help. There are three ways to improve indoor air:

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Must Read New Year’s Resolutions for Those with Asthma and Allergies

1.7.16 New Years Resolutions Image List of ResolutionsHappy New Year, everyone!

As 2016 rolls in, many of us are thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. We may want to exercise more, eat healthier, or take more “me-time.” But it is important to remember your asthma and allergies play a big role in your quality of life too.

Maybe you’ve had allergies since you were little. Or maybe you are new to living with asthma. Regardless of your situation, take advantage of a new year and make a new life for yourself. A life without limits.

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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 2

This is a five-part blog series about the asthma & allergy friendlyCertification Program’s impact.


7.2.15 Berts Impact Part 2 Image Health Mavens for ConsumersThe first post of this five-part series about the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s impact talked about why the program was created.  In this post, I want to talk about a special group of people that you just might be a part of.

From the last post, we know that asthma and allergies affect 1 out of 5—or 60 million–Americans.  That includes children and adults.  But did you know these diseases are the 3rd most common chronic disease among children under 18?  These children need help from their moms, dads, caregivers, teachers, and doctors to manage their asthma and allergies.

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What to Get the Asthma and Allergy Sufferers for Their Wedding Gift this Season


6.18.15 Wedding Season Image Wedding Sign SmallIt’s wedding season once again and it seems like everyone you know is getting married. 

Since asthma and allergies affects 1 out of 5 Americans, and over 50% of U.S. households, odds are the new couple may be among them.  With one of the worst allergy seasons in over a decade, it’s important for the new couple to keep pollen and other allergens and irritants outside so they can start their new journey on the right foot—with a healthier home.

When you’re brainstorming ideas for gifts, consider Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products.  When you see the Certification Mark and my face, you know that product is scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.  There are a full range of products, from small to large, that can fit into a budget you feel comfortable with.

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The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s Impact: Part 1

This is a five-part blog series about the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program’s impact. 

6.4.15 Berts Impact Part 1 Image Prevalence for Consumers

I think it’s important to really understand “the why” of an initiative—like the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program—before the scope of its impact can be brought into perspective.  So why did the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) start this certification program?

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asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program Launches New Blog Hosted By Me, Bert

USA-certified-asthma-and-allergy-friendly-general-use-cert-markWho am I?

The name’s Bert.  You may have seen me around before.  My face is on the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark that’s on thousands of product packages, on national TV commercials, and in every major store across the country.

What is the Certification Mark?

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