Lung Association Urges Buffalo 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 New York is challenging people in Buffalo, New York 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 900 stairs of Highmark Stadium on May 7, 2022.  In honor of National Take the Stairs Day, the Lung Association is offering a $10 discount off the registration fee today and tomorrow with code: nttsd2022

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 Kaelyn Gates, development director for the Lung Association in Western-New York. “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 Buffalo Fight For Air Climb challenges residents to climb 900 steps in the iconic Highmark Stadium. The Lung Association is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option for those who can’t make it to the physical event.  The event is sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as the Official Health Sponsor; Western New York Immediate Care as the Lung Hero Honor Program sponsor; and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

For more information about the Buffalo 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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