Report: Springfield is the most challenging place to live with asthma

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Western Massachusetts’ largest city has received low marks when it comes to the health of asthma sufferers.

The City of Springfield was ranked as the number one most challenging place to live with Asthma. That’s according to a national report released by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

A committee meeting was held at Springfield City Hall Thursday night to learn more about adult and pediatric asthma rates in Springfield.

The ranking came as result of the city’s high asthma rate and numbers of emergency room visits for asthma attacks.

“We want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can at the municipal government level to improve quality of life and try and cut back on some of these factors for our residents,” Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman told 22News.

According to the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition, 19 percent of Springfield youth and 18 percent of Springfield’s adults suffer from asthma.

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