National Take the Stairs Day: How You Can Support Lung Health, End COVID-19 by Taking the Stairs

American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb pairs fitness with philanthropy to raise funds for lung diseases including COVID-19, asthma and lung cancer

On Wednesday, January 13 for National Take the Stairs Day, the American Lung Association in Florida is challenging people in Jacksonville to adopt healthy habits in the new year by taking the stairs, and then support lung health by registering for the Fight For Air Climb. 

The Jacksonville Fight For Air Climb will take place outdoors for the first time at TIAA Bank Field on March 27. The Fight For Air Climb typically takes place in the stairwells of the Bank of America Tower but was reimagined as an outdoor climb challenge for the safety of participants, volunteers and staff. The organization is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event. 

Here are three reasons to take the stairs for National Take the Stairs Day:

  1. To Improve Your Health: Stair climbing is a great way to burn calories but is also a simple way to improve your overall health. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association’s Physical Activities Guidelines for Americans, experts recommend small changes to daily activities such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The report states that changes like this can increase overall health and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. 
  2. To Feel What It’s Like For People with Lung Disease: After a vigorous climb up stairs, you may be gasping for air and your lungs might be burning. While this is temporary for you, this is what it can feel like every day for people living with lung disease. Take the stairs and then educate yourself about lung diseases like asthma, lung cancer and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease that millions of people live with every day.
  3. To Support Your Community: Take the stairs Wednesday, and then sign up for the Fight For Air Climb to tackle the stairs of TIAA Bank Field on March 27. Money raised at the Fight For Air Climb will fund the Lung Association’s efforts to end lung cancer and lung disease, as well as support the organization’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is shining an even brighter light on the importance of lung health,” said Cindy Springer, development manager for the Lung Association. “National Take the Stairs Day is a great way to improve your own lung health, and then the community’s health by supporting the Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb.”

Registration for the Fight For Air Climb is $35 and includes a $100 fundraising minimum. For more information, and to register, visit

Your safety is always our number one priority. We are continually monitoring local conditions that might affect your Climb. Check your local Climb website for the most up-to-date information.

For more information, contact:

Jill Dale
[email protected]

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