5 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Breathe Easier in 2019
(December 27, 2018) -
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The start of a new year marks a fresh beginning, and as Americans prepare to ring in 2019, the American Lung Association in Iowa offers five tips on how to improve your lung health all year long.
- Quit Smoking: Quitting tobacco is the best thing you can do for your lungs, and your health. Smoking is a serious addiction, and it may take several attempts to successfully quit for good. Set yourself up for success in 2019 with proven quit smoking methods through Freedom From Smoking, and join the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have quit with support from the Lung Association. Need more motivation?
- Take the Stairs: Physical activity is recommended for all Americans, but not everyone has a gym membership, so the Lung Association encourages taking the stairs at home, at work and anytime possible. Casual stair climbing burns more calories than walking or running, but if you need more of a challenge, sign up for the Fight For Air Climb in Downtown Des Moines. At this unique event happening on April 6, participants climb 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of the tallest buildings in Des Moines to raise awareness and funds to support lung health and healthy air. Learn more and register here.
- Test Your Home for Radon: Naturally occurring radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. What makes it so dangerous is that it is invisible, odorless and tasteless, and can also build up in homes and buildings to dangerous levels undetected. One in fifteen homes is estimated to have unsafe radon gas levels, so testing is recommended for all American homes. Learn more about radon and order a test kit for just $15 here.
- Breathe Easier with Lung Disease: If you are living with a lung disease, you’re not alone. Management strategies and techniques to improve your health may be available, allowing you to live a full and healthy life. Speak to your doctor to see if an asthma management plan or Better Breathers Clubs might be right for you. The Lung Association’s toll-free Lung HelpLine (1-800-LUNGUSA) is staffed by respiratory therapists and registered nurses who can provide support and answer lung health questions.
- Learn Your Lung Cancer Risk: Take this simple, 2-minute online quiz at SavedByTheScan.org to learn about your risk for lung cancer and see if you are eligible for lung cancer screening. The newly available test can help diagnose the disease in its earliest stages, when it is most curable. In fact, if everyone eligible were screened, 25,000 lives would be saved. Screening is not for everyone, so take the online quiz and talk to your doctor to see if screening might be right for you.
To learn more about how to protect your lung health, visit Lung.org.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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