Lung Association Urges Boston to Step Up for National Take the Stairs Day to Support Lung Health

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

Today, Wednesday, January 12 is National Take the Stairs Day, and the American Lung Association in Massachusetts is challenging people in Boston 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.

National Take the Stairs Day is an annual observance on the second Wednesday of January that gives Americans an opportunity to adopt healthy routines like taking the stairs. 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 Lung Association encourages residents to take the stairs on National Take the Stairs Day, and then sign up for the Fight For Air Climb to tackle the 1,012 stairs of Fenway Park on April 30, 2022. In celebration of the Boston Climb's 17th anniversary and National Take the Stairs Day, there is a $17 discount off registration fees through January 20th. 

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 Karen Whitefield, executive director 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.”

The Boston Fight For Air Climb challenges residents to climb 1,012 steps in the iconic Fenway Park. The Lung Association is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event.

For more information about the Boston Fight For Air Climb, 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:

Jennifer Solomon
(516) 680-8927
[email protected]

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