National Take the Stairs Day: Miami Steps Up for Clean Air and Healthy Lungs This Year

American Lung Association encourages the South Florida community to take the stairs and then support lung health by signing up for the Fight For Air Climb

This Wednesday, January 10 is National Take the Stairs Day, and the American Lung Association in Florida is challenging people across South Florida to skip the elevator and take the stairs for clean air and healthy lungs. The community can further support lung health by registering for the Fight For Air Climb Miami, presented by Metro-Dade Firefighters IAFF Local 1403, on Saturday, March 2.

National Take the Stairs Day is an annual observance on the second Wednesday of January that gives people an opportunity to adopt healthy routines like taking the stairs. Stair climbing has significant health benefits, including improving balance and coordination strengthening major muscle groups. Consistent stair climbing as a daily activity can help lower mortality risk.

“Many people make resolutions to adopt healthier habits in the New Year, so National Take the Stairs Day is a fantastic way to kick off those goals, as well as exercising your lungs,” said John O'Brien, president of the South Florida Council of Firefighters. “As firefighters, we recognize the importance of improving lung health and preventing lung disease as every breath we take goes into responding to emergencies and keeping our communities safe.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fight For Air Climb Miami, the premier stair-climbing event in South Florida. Metro-Dade Firefighters IAFF Local 1403 has been a partner for all 20 years of the Climb. The climb is designed for every type of participant, from beginners to competitive climbers to first responders in full gear. Participants determine their pace as they climb 1,700 stairs up and down loanDepot park – Home of the Miami Marlins. The stadium is the perfect setting for a day of fun, challenge and camaraderie.

Here in Florida, more than 2.7 million people live with lung disease, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Participation in the Fight For Air Climb Miami provides critical funds to help the American Lung Association work to end lung disease and save lives through research, education and advocacy.

O’Brien added: “We are asking our South Florida community to join us to celebrate our sponsorship of the 20th anniversary of the Fight For Air Climb Miami on March 2. Come climb, embrace healthy habits and strive for improved lung health to reduce your risk of fighting for air.”

For more information about the Fight For Air Climb Miami, and to register, visit

For more information, contact:

Victoria O'Neill
(312) 273-5890
[email protected]

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